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Sew some golden leather leaf earrings.
Everyone’s got a leather skeleton or two in their closet: be it a patchwork leather coin purse, worn-through ballet flats that you may never wear again, or a mistake of fashion past like a gold leather mini-skirt, now you can take these long-hidden hides and repurpose them into something fab, like this fashion-forward pair of earrings. It takes so little leather, you can make many pairs with whatever doomed leather good you happen to find. Or, if gold leather is not in your wardrobe, leather scraps are readily available at fabric stores. Plus, these suckers are so small you may even be able to make a pair with nothing more than a free sample swatch.

Posted by Sonya N. from Los Angeles, California, United States • Published See Sonya N.'s 5 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut approximately 16 golden leaves of varying sizes- two leaves in each size- so the earrings match. Mine are all 1 inch long or smaller. I cut two one-inch leaves and a bunch of smaller ones to fan on each side of the larger leaves, then two more one-inch leaves for the top where the earring hooks attach. I didn't make them all exactly the same because, as in nature, each leaf is one of a kind.

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Layer leaves starting with one large leaf at the bottom and overlapping smaller leaves in a fan.

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stitch a knotted doubled golden thread through all of the leaves at the top of the grouping, reinforcing it a few times with multiple stitches.

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add another one-inch leaf over the top of the grouping to cover the joining leaves. Stitch your thread through the bottom third of the leaf.

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make sure this leaf is straight because this will also be the leaf that your fishhook is sewn into.

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew your fishhook to the back of the top leather leaf, making sure the top of the fish hook is near the top of the leaf.

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew up the length of the fishhook and make a secure knot, then trim

  • How to make a pair of leather earrings. Golden Leather Leaves Earrings - Step 8
    Step 8

    Outline each leaf with a brown Sharpie.

  • Step 9

    Dab a little fabric glue to the backs of the leaves so they lay how you intend them to. Let dry and voila!

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