Twisted Pony Holder Tutorial


If I had a dog, I’d buy this leash in a heartbeat. I don’t remember how I came across it, but isn’t it just so lovely? I wanted to incorporate the twisted leather technique into a project & instantly a pony holder came to mind. I’ve made a few now – they really take less than 5 minutes, hardly any supplies & are super stylish. I feel like I’ve put my hair in a pony every day this summer, so it’s a fun way to make the pony less blah.

• S U P P L I E S • 

  • 2-4 oz. leather scrap
  • X-acto knife
  • printed pattern (see download below)
  • hole punch smallest setting
  • elastic cording
  • scissors
  • hammer (not pictured)
  • double stick tape (not pictured, optional)

Print & trim the pattern & place pattern on top of leather. I used double stick tape to secure it in place, but that’s totally optional. Cut out leather. Click the “read more” button below to continue.

Take the pointed end & insert it into the adjacent slit.

Flip it around 360º. Flatten out.

Repeat the twisting for the other end. Punch holes along guides or as close to the twist as possible.

Cut cording 2-3 inches long & tie a knot on one end. Thread the cording through the first hole.

Thread the open end of the cording through the second hole, adjust the length so it’s approximately the diameter of a hair elastic. Tie a knot and trim the excess.

Secure your pony or braid with the pony holder by placing the leather on your hair first. Then twist cording & pull hair through again. Repeat until you have a firm hold.

• O P T I O N A L • 

This technique could be applied in a myriad of ways! Try scaling the pattern larger for a messy bun holder, or take a long piece of leather & make twists all along the length for a fun headband. This craft is perfect for small scraps. I wouldn’t recommend doing this with vinyl or faux leather unless you back it with something pretty. Industrial weight felt would work well & look pretty, too.

Click the button below to download these instructions and the pattern for this holder!

This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering the file NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

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    1. quinn says:

      that is so adorable! this makes me sad that i chopped all my hair off…

    2. erin says:

      very cool, melissa. i will def be making one of these! thanks!

    3. Sandra says:

      OMG, that is SO cool! I def. need to try that! What a great way to style the pony up a few notches! :)

    4. Carlee Dynes says:

      Thanks for the tutorial. I sat down today and made a ton of these to have on hand as gifts. One thing I changed was to punch two holes in each end, since my knots kept pulling through otherwise. This meant that I cut my elastic twice as long and it works great. Oh, and I tried some with thinner more pliable leather, and it was fine as long as I cut each slit shorter (leaving a bigger uncut spot in the centre).

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