Step 1: Materials
-very sharp knife or heavy duty scissors
-matches and candle or lighter
-leather hole punch
-crochet or yarn hook
-sewing machine (or your hands)
Step 2: Cutting and Sealing Your Rope
Step 3: Cutting Out the Leather Strips
You can draw your design onto the leather, or do as I did and just cut it out using an X-ACTO knife and cutting board. The shape should be long and thin with the loose end coming to a point, doubling each strip for strength. I recommend cutting on the fold to save sewing time. *After playing around, I figured out that the best way to cut was draw the outline of one strip on either side of the fold, then laying it out flat to cut. Cutting through one layer at a time was easier and it was still possible to cut it on the fold.
Continue cutting out a total of four strips. Remember, these don't have to be pretty! No one's going to know if your edges aren't straight unless you tell them.
Step 4: Sewing the Leather Strips
SEWING BY MACHINE
Start on the right side of the fold (as long as you cut on the fold, there is no need to sew back over it) and fix the stich before you move down the strip. Sew within 1/8 inch for best results. When you come to the slant, leave the needle in the leather, lift the presser foot, and turn the leather to continue sewing along the edge. Do this again as you need to turn the leather. When you get to the other end, fix the stitch again and cut the threads. Do this for all four strips.
SEWING BY HAND
Start on the right side of the fold, tying the end of the stitch down before continuing down the rest of the strip. Try to keep a straight line of small, close stitches that are within 1/8 inch from the edge of the fabric. Do this for the entire strip, then fix when you get to the folded end of the other side. Repeat for all four strips.
If using a sewing machine, it helps to keep your finger just along the left-side edge of the strip to keep it from slipping out of place. (shown in the close-up)
Don't worry if these don't look perfect..again, who is going to know? :)
Step 5: Attaching the Strips to the Rope
Use a leather hole punch on the smallest setting to cut a hole on the un-sewn edge of each strip. Next, cut a long, thin strand at least as long as the strip out of the leather - this will anchor it into the rope. Run that strand through the hole on your first leather strip.
Now, using a crochet or yarn hook, reach through one side of the rope from the middle and grab the strand of leather. Pull back through the rope so it reaches into the middle. (If using a crochet hook, it helps to twist the hook down after hooking the leather so it can't slip out.) Then, reach into the middle from the opposite side and pull the strand out the other side in the same way. Run the strand through the hole of another strip and tie the end off. Do the same on the first side, tightening to keep it in place.
Repeat this on the two opposite sides for the other two strips and cut the excess leather string off.
You're almost there!