Instructions for Braiding a Leather Whip

Updated April 17, 2017

You can create a number of different items when you know how to work with leather. Braiding a leather whip may seem like a daunting task, but with a little practice, a simple whip can be made in no time at all. If you currently work with leather and you have made smaller items such as wallets, then this project will help you master new steps in working with leather. Whips can be used for a number of different purposes or they can be put on display to show others the technique you have mastered.

Buy 20 yards of leather in the shade of your choice. Local craft stores, along with fabric retailers, will sell different shades of leather. For your first whip you can purchase imitation leather for an inexpensive price until you have mastered the technique.

Cut out 10 strands of leather, each 1/8 of an inch wide and 2 yards long.

Fold nine of the strips of leather in half. Set the tenth strand aside for right now--this piece will be used later on. Measure 12 inches away from where you have folded the leather and tie a half knot using all nine strands. To make a half knot, gather the nine strands of leather in your non-dominant hand, loop the leather around two of your fingers and push the end of the leather through the loop you've created around your fingers--just as if you were tying the end of a balloon.

Using duct tape, secure the half knot you just tied onto a table. Gather the longest end of leather into your hands and separate the strips of leather into three strands. You should have three strips of leather in each group.

Braid the three groups of strips together into a 12-inch braid. Secure the braided leather by tying a half knot again using all nine strands. This braided piece will be the handle of the whip.

Remove the leather from the table and fold the braided leather in half making the braid 6 inches long with 6-inch braided sections on both sides. Cut one yard of leather from the tenth strand and tie the two braided ends together one half inch up from the bottom of the braid.

Wrap the remaining leather that was tied around the braid in a downward motion until you reach the braided ends and secure this piece with another knot.

Using the remaining leather from your tenth strip to decorate the tails on your whip. You can braid, tie knots or trim the ends in different ways to make your whip as decorative or plain as you like.

Things You'll Need

  • 20 yards of leather
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
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