Handmade Christmas Gift

I made this leather tassel using directions from Hip Handmade Holiday.  I also used it to make these darling Santa pillows.

I made mine a little bigger than the directions called for and I also used suede.  It was surprisingly simple to make!  The hardest part was finding the right clasp at the craft store... mostly because I am apparently blind :)

I ventured to the leather store (never been there before).  I ended up setting up a wholesale account with them.  You have to buy an entire of hide... um, ok.  With the discount it was about $25.  Which I figure will make about 10 key chains.  I am sure you can get strips of leather at craft stores, but I figured that if I was going to do this then I was going to go all out!  Pretty much everyone I know will be getting one for Christmas.  I also thought I might stash a few for birthday gifts.

So far I have tried a few of the crafts in the Hip Handmade Holiday e-book (you can purchase for $10) and i have liked them all.  There are a few in there that I'm not going to try.  But honestly, I think it was worth the $10 for this tassel and the pillows.

Merry Christmas!
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