How to Make Leather Key Chains

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How to Make Leather Key Chains
Use leather laces or strips to make a unique key chain. (cordelette image by Unclesam from

A key chain is a handy and useful attachment for almost any type of key. A large key chain can often be of great use when searching for a misplaced key or set of keys. Key chains can also be used for self expression. From expensive gold and silver key chains to more simple string styles, key chains can convey your status, interests or hobbies. Make your own key chain with sturdy, yet pliable leather.

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Things you need

  • Metal keyring finding
  • Leather strip or lacing
  • Sharp scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a length of leather strip or lacing that is 1 foot long. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the leather. The length can be adjusted as needed, 1 foot will provide a good starting point for an average length key chain.

  2. 2

    Double the leather so the ends are even and a loop is formed in one end.

  3. 3

    Hold the loop with one hand and hold the doubled leather length with the other.

  4. 4

    Bend the loop end of the length back toward the free ends of the line. Bend the line at the point where you are holding the line 4 inches from the loop.

  5. 5

    Cross the looped end over the doubled line to form a loop where you are holding the lines in place. Wrap the loop end around, under and up along side the lines. Pull the looped end through the loop formed 4 inches from the end and pull tight. This will form a figure-eight knot in the leather.

  6. 6

    Tie a simple overhand knot at the end of both free ends. Form the overhand knot by making a loop about 1 inch from the free end and feeding the free end through. Repeat with the other free end.

  7. 7

    Pull up one end of your metal keyring finding and work the loop-end of the figure-eight knot around the keyring until the ring is inside the loop. Add your keys in the same manner.

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