Tassels are an easy way to make your purse and clothing projects stand out. Learn how to make tassels from yarn and add them to the zips of clutches and bags, or to the ties on clothing. Yarn tassels are also very trendy in jewelry design, particularly in bracelets and necklaces. If you are always losing your keys why not add a brightly colored yarn tassel to your keyring.
Best of all they are fast and easy to make following my step by step instructions on how to make tassels.
What you will need
- Yarn – you can use wool, embroidery thread or crochet thread. I used crochet thread in this tutorial.
- Heavy Cardboard.
- Crochet hook or large tapestry needle.
HOW TO MAKE TASSELS FROM YARN
First, determine what size you would like your tassel. Cut a 2 inch (5cm) wide piece of cardboard 1/2 inch (12mm) longer than the tassel length. This way you can safely trim the ends without worrying that your tassel will get too short. Your cardboard needs to be quite sturdy so it doesn’t bend when you start wrapping the thread.
For example, if you want to make a 4 inch (10cm) tassel then cut your cardboard 2 x 4.5 inches (5 x 11.5cm).
Starting at one end, wrap the yarn around the cardboard. Don’t pull too tightly as this will make your tassel shorter than you want. Stop when the tassel has the desired thickness and cut the end.
Don’t forget the tassel will be the thickness of both sides of yarn. It is best to stop at the same end you started at.
Cut the yarn at the bottom of the cardboard.
Cut a piece of thread around 15 inches (38cm) in length. Double it over and tie a knot approximately 1 1/2 inches (4cm) from the end. This will become the loop on top of your tassel so make it longer if necessary.
With your loop facing up, wrap the looped piece around the middle of the yarn and tie a secure knot underneath.
Cut another piece of yarn 10 inches (25cm) long and wrap it around the body of the tassel. For the position, just decide what size head you would like. Tie a secure knot.
Pull the ends through the center with the needle or crochet hook. This should disguise the tied ends. If you don’t pull them through they tend to always stick out of your finished tassel.
Now give your tassel a little haircut on the ends and you’re done!
Here is the tassel on my new clutch sewing pattern.
Looking for more bag decorating ideas? Read:
- How to make a pom pom
- How to sew sequins
- How to make covered buttons
- How to make a tassel from leather
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