DIY Leather Suede Fringe Wristlet

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Finished Leather Fringe Wristlet

When it comes to fashionable functionality, wristlets are at the top of the list. Not only can they be the accessory that brings an outfit together, but a wristlet is the ideal size for all the necessities: cell phone, money, credit cards and keys. With some simple supplies, you can add homemade fringe in a contrasting color. Besides, who doesn’t love a good dose of leather fringe? Learn how to make it, below!

Supplies for DIY Leather Fringe Wristlet


– Flat wristlet
– Sheet of suede
– Fabric scissors
– Strong craft glue (such as E6000)
– Thick chain
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
– 2 jump rings (10mm)

Preparing to replace a leather strap

1. If your wristlet already has a strap, remove it with a sharp pair of scissors. Most wristlets will have a strap attached by a clasp at one end.

Preparing to replace the wristlet's strap

2. Using the strap as a guide, trim a strand of chain.

Attaching the chain with a jump ring

3. Using the pliers, attach one end of the chain to the wristlet with a jump ring.

Attaching a chain strap

4. Reattach the clasp to the opposite end using a jump ring. Reattach to the wristlet.

Cutting suede to be made into fringe

5. Cut a segment of suede measuring half the width and half the height of your wristlet.

Cutting suede to be made into fringe

6. Cut two more, measuring the same size.

Creating suede leather fringe

7. Vertically cut even slits along the bottom of the suede. Each slit should reach about halfway up the suede segment.

Handmade suede fringe

And just like that, you have created fringe.

Finished handmade suede fringe

8. Repeat with the remaining suede.

Applying glue to a plain suede clutch

9. Along the bottom third of the clutch, apply a horizontal line of glue.

Adding handmade fringe to a wristlet

10. Place the first fringe piece on top of the glue. Gently pat down to secure.

Adding handmade fringe to a wristlet

11. Add another line of glue, along the next third of the clutch.

Adding handmade fringe to a wristlet

12. Add a second fringe piece.

Adding handmade fringe to a wristlet

13. Add glue along the top, and add the last fringe piece.


Let dry overnight, and you’ve got yourself a new, upcycled clutch. Feel free to create even thinner rows of fringe for a different vibe, or replace the leather with denim or canvas.

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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