Leather necklaces are great for showing off a meaningful pendant or wearing straight up for a bold and earthy look. These same leather necklaces, however, can be a major pain if they keep falling off your neck. One way to fix that is to tie a knot in a leather necklace that not only keeps the cord in place but can be adjusted to different lengths without being untied.
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Things you need
- Leather cord
- Pendant (optional)
- Needle and thread (optional)
Get the cord. Choose a thin leather strip or cord that suits the style and thickness you wish to wear. Make sure whatever pendant you want fits on the cord. Measure the cord so it fits over your head and add an inch or two. Cords can be purchased at jewellery supply, craft or fabric stores.
Tie one knot. Arrange the cord in a circle so the untied ends overlap. Tie one of the ends around the base of the cord near its other end. Double knot the leather, but make sure the cord can still slide freely in between the centre of the knot.
Add your pendant, charm or anything else you want dangling from the necklace. If you don't do this now, you're likely to forget and end up with a beautifully tied but fully sealed-off leather necklace.
Tie the other knot. Once the first knot is in place, take the unknotted end and tie it in the same manner around the other side of the cord. Double knot it and insure the cord can still slide freely.
Adjust as necessary. You should be left with a two knots on each end of the cord with a doubled up piece of cord in between them and a single cord the rest of the way around the necklace. Pulling the knots away from each other will cause the cord to slide into shorter position, while sliding them towards each other will make the necklace shorter.
Tips and warnings
- If the knots tend to come untied, as they may for thicker, less pliable leather, wet the leather and then tie it in knots. You can also stitch a knot or two with thread through the knots to help keep them in place. Just make sure the cord can still slide through the centre of the knots.