I had a vision of a leather bow that was also a necklace. When I tried to make this vision a reality, it was sooooo much easier than I had even imagined. We are talking like 15 minutes, 20 max.
How cute does Colleen look with this sweet bow necklace around her beautiful neck? So grab a scrap of leather (or pleather, or oil cloth, or canvas, or velvet, or or or…) and your hot glue gun and come see how to make a no-sew bow necklace.
You will want to whip up a million bow necklaces to drop in the stockings of every style-loving accessory addict you know. Find out how to make a no-sew bow necklace after the jump…
First, gather your materials. You’ll need a scrap of leather (I used leftover bronze leather scraps from my DIY leather baby shoes with free pattern tutorial, which I can’t even believe was almost three years ago, and also proves that my desire to hoard every scrap of everything occasionally pays off), scissors, pliers, a wire cutter, a hot glue gun, an awl, some chain, jump rings, and a clasp.
Cut your leather scrap. We did ours 9″ by 4″ for a bow about 4″ X 2″. I think it’s cute big like this, but a smaller one would be sweet as well. Now fold each long end of the scrap into the center and hot glue in place.
Please note, I am keenly aware that I am overdue for a manicure. But you have to admit you are impressed with the stamina of my four-week-old gel nail polish (color= “skyfall” by OPI, so it’s kind of like I am wearing a little bit of Daniel Craig on my hands, right? Why would I remove that?). Actually, I am starting a new trend called the “reverse french mani.” Ha.
So, anyhoo, back to our bow. Now it should look like this from the back (sort of like in the how to make bias tape post):
At one top corner of your bow, pierce the leather with an awl (through the back flap of the bow towards the back of the bow at an angle):
If your awl is not sharp enough, you can start by making a pinhole, then slide the awl down through it to widen the hole. Just be careful not to rip your bow open.