DIY Cork or Faux Leather Chain Necklace

DIY Cork or Faux Leather Chain Necklace

Today I have another creative project using faux leather and purse hardware. This tutorial is meant to encourage you to look at purse hardware in a new way, while making a piece of jewelry that you can actually see yourself wearing!

Making jewelry is a great way to use up odds and ends of fabric and purse hardware from your stash. Think of new ways to use hooks, clasps, rings, chain, and even combine them with fabric such as cork fabric and faux leather! 

Today's project features Faux Leather and Strap Chain to make a layered statement necklace. Let's get started!



  1. Cut the Strap Chain into the following pieces: (2) 10" pieces including clasp, (1) 12" piece, and (1) 16" piece.
  2. Cut the Faux Leather or Cork into the following pieces: (1) 1/4" by 14" piece, (1) 1/4" by 15-1/2" piece, and (1) 1/4" by 17" piece.
  3. Taper both ends of each fabric piece so the ends are about 1/8" wide.
  4. Attach one jump ring to each 10" piece of chain, opposite of the clasp. Leave the jump rings open.
  5. Attach the 12" piece and 16" piece of chain to the jump rings as shown. Close the jump rings.
  6. Take the 1/4" by 14" piece. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the wrong side of each tapered end. Thread one tapered end through each jump ring above the chain, and fold the tapered end back onto itself with wrong sides together to adhere in place.
  7. Repeat the same process to attach the 1/4" by 15-1/2" piece in between the chain, and the 1/4" by 17" piece below the chain as shown. 


  • Open and close jump rings by twisting the ring, not by pulling the ends apart. This will prevent the shape of the jump ring from distorting, and makes it easier to line the ends up again.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try your hand at making jewelry with fabric and purse hardware! Share your creations in our Facebook Group and with #sallietomatohardware


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