Thursday, September 20, 2012

DIY Bottega Veneta woven leather bracelet

let's get ready for fall one step at the time

...starting with the right accessories, maybe?

a woven leather black bracelet, very much Bottega Veneta's style

left pic: - collage by moi

I saw this last year, at the price tag of 240$... now is on sale at 96$. 
Still not a bargain, considering that...

all you need is:

* scissors &  E-6000 glue
* 2mm round leather cord - 1 yr (from M&J trimming - check on link for details)
* braided leather bolo - 1/2 yr (from M&J trimming check on link for details)
* 1/4" x 4" leather scrap 
(if you don't have any, you can make it work with the round leather cord)
* 1 charm of your choice (mine is a sterling silver heart, similar to this one)

make the monkey's fist

* Make the monkey's fist (two videos tutorials HERE) without the sphere in the middle and leave the knot really loose (you need to see through)

* cut the excess leather cord, and make two knots at the end, so it won't slip 

* insert the charm into the jumpring

* pass the charm onto the braided bolo cord

* fold the bolo cord in half, measure it on your wrist (mine once folded is about 7 inches) and wrap the two ends together with some of the 2mm round cord, tie a knot 

* cut the 2mm round cord's ends and apply a good amount of E6000

* once the glue is dry, place it in the center of the monkey's fist (this will act as your sphere)

* now you can tie the monkey's fist knot

* cut the ends of the 2mm round cord and force it to go through the knot (use a tooth-pick)

make a loop closure 

* keep the charm at the opposite end of the monkey's fist
* apply a small amount of E6000 glue onto the 1/4" leather scrap
* place one end of the scrap at an angle onto the bolo braid
* wrap the leather around 4 or 5 times
* slip the end of the leather under the last wrapped part
* cut the excess, clean the glue's smudges... and your fall bracelet is ready!

Add this bracelet to your collection! It's easy!

xox, d.

keep in touch! 


  1. Amazing job! I love making monkey's fist balls, I have a little bowl full of them!
    Smart n Snazzy

  2. So cute, looks great.

  3. Oh, I love this!!
    Looks guite easy to make and so pretty.

  4. Lovely bracelet! This is the first time that I have heard of monkey fist balls. I like them, will have to give them a try. Thank you for the videos and the tutorial.

    Saving and sharing.

    Linda aka Mixed Kreations

  5. This is gorgeous!!


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