How to Make Indian Leather Hair Ties

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How to Make Indian Leather Hair Ties
The colours and texture of leather create unique hair accessories. (brown leather image by Aleksey Bakaleev from

Indian leather hair ties can be minimally decorated or adorned with differently coloured beads and feathers. Metal eyelets can be added to make the ties more secure, or they can simply be sewn together as long, thin strips that are woven around the hair and both ends bound into a knot. Indian leather ties create an organic, traditional look that contrasts greatly with contemporary hair accessories made from plastic and other synthetic materials.

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Things you need

  • Leather and suede pieces
  • Leather sewing needle
  • Metal ruler
  • Razor knife
  • Polyester thread
  • Decorative beads
  • Metal eyelets
  • Fabric glue
  • Spools of craft wool

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  1. 1

    Cut the leather into strips varying between 1/2 and 1 inch in width and 6 to 12 inches in length using the metal ruler and the razor knife.

  2. 2

    Fold the strips along their long edge and secure with fabric glue.

  3. 3

    Sew along the long seam using the leather sewing needle and the polyester thread.

  4. 4

    Decorate the leather strips with coloured beads. Weave different colour strands of craft wool along the strips to create embroidered patterns and texture.

  5. 5

    Use the razor knife to cut an eyelet in the free end, which can be looped over the beads to secure the tie at different lengths, if you have attached beads along the strip.

  6. 6

    Experiment with several ties and loosely hanging bundles of hair to achieve different looks.

Tips and warnings

  • For long, thick hair, you can make the leather ties wider and longer. Gather the hair into a ponytail and wrap the tie around it to create a striking headpiece feature.

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