How to round braid leather

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How to round braid leather
Round leather braids can be used for decorative purposes. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Creating a round braid with leather strips looks harder than it is. Once you have the pattern down, plaiting round braids is simple and goes quickly. Round braids are created using an even number of strips. At least four strips are needed, but as many as 12 can be included. Start by learning how to braid with four leather strips to practice the basic method before trying to add more strips. Round leather braids can be used to make horse reigns, lead ropes, keychains and hat bands.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 leather strips
  • Clamp

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut four strips of leather to equal lengths. Match up their ends and tie an overhand knot in the ends by making a loop and pulling the ends through it. Tighten the knot to secure the strips together. Clamp the knotted end to a table or bench.

  2. 2

    Separate the four leather strips so they are side by side. Cross the second strip from the right over the second strip from the left. Grasp the right most strip and bring it behind the two crossed centre strips. Wrap it up and over the first strip to its right. The right strip is now the second strip from the right.

  3. 3

    Grasp the left most leather strip and bring it behind the two centre strips. Bring it up and over the first strip to its left. The left strip is now the second strip from the left.

  4. 4

    Continue to braid the strips together in this manner by first bringing the right most strip behind the two centre strips and then wrapping it up and over the first strip to its right. Bring the left most strip behind the two centre strips and then up and over the first strip to its left.

  5. 5

    Braid the entire length of the loose strips. Gather the ends and tie them together in an overhand knot to secure the braid. Pull on the ends to tighten the knot and finish the braid.

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