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.

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Materials Needed:

  • small piece of leather
  • pin back or alligator clip
  • fast-drying epoxy or urethane-based adhesive
  • scrap of fabric
  • oversized beads or buttons
  • scissors
  • pen
  • large needle
  • all-purpose thread
  • votive or taper candle
  • round household items to use as templates (can, teacup, saucer, etc.)

Cut Circles

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.

Curl Edges

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.

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