How to Make a Leather Flower Pin or Clip
With just a little creativity, you can turn a scrap piece of leather into a fashion-forward pin or hair clip that makes a sweet handmade gift you can give any time of year.
- small piece of leather
- pin back or alligator clip
- fast-drying epoxy or urethane-based adhesive
- scrap of fabric
- oversized beads or buttons
- large needle
- all-purpose thread
- votive or taper candle
- round household items to use as templates (can, teacup, saucer, etc.)
Use any round household items that are approximately 3 inches (large circle) and 2 inches (small circle) as templates for tracing both a large and small circle onto the leather. Tip: Consider using an item with a scalloped edge for one of the circles.
Light a votive or taper candle. Using caution, hold a leather circle over the flame — but do not let the leather come in direct contact with fire — until the edge begins to curl, then rotate the leather to expose a new area to the heat (Image 1). Continue rotating the leather, heating a small area at a time to curl it until the edges have all drawn in (Image 2). Repeat the curling process for the second leather circle.
Sew Circles Together
Thread a sturdy needle with all-purpose thread. Center smaller circle over larger one and add a stitch to hold the two pieces together, then sew on a large bead or button.
Add Clip or Pin Back
Cut a piece of fabric that's a bit smaller than the large leather circle. Slide fabric through clip or pin back, than apply adhesive to fabric and the side of the metal that will be in contact with leather (Image 1). Place clip glue-side-down on back of flower and firmly press the fabric and leather together (Image 2). Set the finished pin aside and allow glue to fully cure before boxing up the finished accessory as a gift or adding it instead of a bow to a wrapped package or jar of homemade goodies (Image 3).