Leather + studs + bows = awesome, right? This DIY inspired by the Eddie Borgo line for J.Crew is the perfect 30 minute project. Actually the hardest part was trying to take a picture of the back of my head! Next time I’ll break out the tripod.
Start with a strip of leather about 12″ long and 1/2″ wide. I cut mine from a remnant of the hide I used for this business card case but you could also buy a swatch from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.
My finished bow is about 5″ long and the loops are about 3 1/2″ across. That’s a pretty big bow so play around a bit until you find a size you like. You’ll also need a small piece for the center that’s about 1 1/2″ by 1/2″.
You can stud the entire strip, but to safe myself a little work and materials I didn’t put studs on the parts that wouldn’t show like the inside of the loops. To figure out where to punch holes and where not to I formed the bow shape and made small pen marks on the back. We’re not actually tying a bow shape but rather folding one – you can see it clearly in the pictures below.
After I had all the marks I used my punch to make holes for the rivets. Here’s my favorite riveting primer if you’re new to them.
Add the caps and hammer down each of the rivets to secure.
To make the bow shape I started by folding the strip in half and using a bit of wire to secure the two sides together. This is 24 gauge craft wire and I cannot tell you how often this comes in handy for me so if you don’t have any I recommend buying some to have on-hand. I’ve fixed window blinds, made some DIY beading needles, used it to hold something while the glue dried and more. I love this stuff.
Spread the two ‘tails’ apart and press the center middle down. I actually intended to leave out that center rivet and wish that I had so keep that in mind when you give this a try. Then I measured how much leather I’d need to wrap around the center to secure and cut the piece exactly to size.
To secure I used Leathercraft cement. I used to be anti-glue when making things but in the last few years I’ve changed my mind. The trick to using glue is to be sure you’re using the right kind for the job, find a way to clamp the piece until it dried and give it time to set. I’ve had great results using this particular cement but it only works on the unfinished side of the leather.
The last step is to add the barrette or headband. I used a little bit of wire and then secured with with a hot glue gun. (Don’t use that lousy low-temperature stuff. Get the high temp industrial style glue gun- it makes a world of difference.)