Tassels can be used to embellish many items, such as pillows or ornaments. Although you can purchase pre-made tassels, it is quite simple to make your own. These instructions will show you how quick and easy it is to make a tassel.
A tassle has three main components: a tie, a wrap, and a bundle.
The length and thickness of tassels can vary. The size of a tassel is determined by how much thread you use to make it. You can use a single color to make a tassel or a combination of colors.
Tip: To add a shimmer effect to a tassel, try including a few lengths of metallic thread in the bundle or wrap.
To make the bundle, first decide how many lengths of cotton and/or metallic thread you want to use. Remember: The more lengths you use, the thicker your tassel will be. Start with lengths that are at least 18" long, but you may want to use longer lengths if your tassel will be fairly long (it’s easier to start longer and trim, than to use pieces which are short and hard to handle). For the following example we used three 24" lengths (18 strands) of cotton thread for the bundle.
- Step 1
- Separate the lengths of cotton thread into single strands, then put them back together. This will give the tassel a fuller appearance.
- Step 2
- Fold the bundle in half, then in half again.
- Step 3
- Use at least three strands of cotton thread for the tie. Tie a knot around the middle of the bundle and fold the bundle in half.
- Step 4
- If you are using cotton thread for the wrap, use at least three strands; fewer strands may break as you are wrapping the thread. For metallic thread, one or two pieces is sufficient. Fold the wrap thread in half and insert the cut ends in a needle.
- Step 5
- Place the wrap thread around the bundle near the top and pass the needle through the fold.
- Step 6
- Pull until the wrap thread is tight against the bundle.
- Step 7
- Begin wrapping the thread around the bundle.
- Step 8
- Wrap around the bundle as many times as needed to achieve the desired effect.
- Step 9
- When you are finished wrapping, push the needle through a section of the wrap thread and pull tight.
- Step 10
- Trim the excess and secure with a dab of glue.
- Step 11
- Trim the tassel to the desired length. Separate and fluff the strands of cotton thread. Use the tie thread to attach the tassel to your item.
- Step 12
- And here it is- the finished tassel!