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.