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Crafts lessons: easy Tassel tutorial

Making flower  |  September 11th 2011  |  0 Comment

How To Make A Tassel

Learn how to make a basic tassel.

Tassels are so pretty for home decor or crafts, but they are usually very expensive when buying one at the store. Today, I thought I’d show you how to make you own because they are easy and cheap to assemble with whatever materials you have on hand. You can use yarn as I have for my tassel, but embroidery thread, twine, strips of fabric, or strands of beads can also be used separately or mixed together for a fun look.

To make a tassel you only need 3 things:

-Yarn or other tassel materials
-A piece of cardboard
-Scissors

To Assemble:

1. Cut the cardboard to the length you want the tassel to be. It’s best to use a stiff piece of cardboard that won’t bend.

2. Cut 2 long pieces of yarn and set aside. One will tie the tassel off and the other will be a hanger if you need one.

3. Using the yarn on the skein, simply wrap yarn around the cardboard. The more wraps you make, the fuller your tassel will be. Make sure free ends of yarn are both on the same side of the cardboard when you are done. Cut yarn from skein.

Keep wrapping until the tassel will be to the desired thickness.

Note how ends of the yarn are both on the same side of the cardboard.

If using strands of beads, make sure they are the length you want the tassel to be and fold them over one side of the cardboard instead of wrapping them around both sides. (Beaded strands will look like step 4.)

4. Slide one of the reserved pieces of yarn into the folded side of the yarn on the cardboard. Then, cut the end of the yarn with the two free ends. It helps to work in small sections of yarn at a time and to use a sharp pair of scissors. Be careful not to pull the yarn off the cardboard while you are cutting!

If using bead strands omit this step!

 

 

The tassel should look like this after step 4.

5. Keeping hold of the folded end of the yarn, slide yarn off of the cardboard.

Make sure to keep the hanger away from the loose tassel. Otherwise, you risk cutting the handle by mistake.

6. With the other piece of reserved yarn, tie folded end of tassel off. Wrap yarn and knot on one side, then pull yarn around to other side and knot again. This makes your tassel secure, and the cut threads will not fall apart.

 

The tassel should look similar to this after step 6.

7. Trim tassel ends if uneven and tie off the long string to make a hanger.

 

Finished Tassel!

Source: cozyhomescenes.blogspot.com