Folks, if you like tassels as much as I do, I have some great news. You can make your own in no time. And since the process of making them is so swift, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, too.
What you’ll need:
- Embroidery floss or any kind of yarn, rope, etc that would look cool in tassel form. You’ll need enough to make the main body of the tassel and another piece to wrap around the top
- Something to wrap the floss around. IMPORTANT: your finished tassel will be half as long as the object you choose for wrapping. I used a coaster measuring 10 cm (3.9 inches)
- A large jump ring or a small piece of floss
Step 1 – Wrap
Pinch the end of your floss between your thumb and the object you’re wrapping around (from here on, the coaster) then continue to wind floss around the coaster. Keep in mind that we’ll fold the floss in half later in this process, so the finished tassel will be half the length and double as thick as it is now. EG, I always wind my floss 15 times, which will give me a total of 30 strands in the finished tassel.
Don’t wrap all of your floss now–you’ll need another piece about double as long as your coaster in step 3.
Step 2 – Find the Middle
Once you’ve completed wrapping the yarn, slide it off the coaster, making sure to keep the threads together.
I like to slide a jump ring over one end here, then fold the floss in half with the jump ring in the middle (this makes it easier to hang the tassel from my polymer clay jewellery later). But you could also tie a piece of floss around the middle if you don’t have a jump ring.
Step 3 – Fold and Wrap
Now, fold the floss in half and wrap your extra piece of floss around the middle to secure it.
I like to wrap this piece both ways from the middle, then tie the two ends tightly to keep the tassel from falling apart later.
You could also use a complimentary colour floss for this step!
Step 4 – Cut
Next, we’ll cut the looped ends of the floss, then trim them to the same length. I do this by combing out the ends and clamping them between my fingers.
And that’s it, you’re done! Quick and easy, eh?
I’ve also made some tassels using yarn, which I just combed out a bit for a fluffy effect. Hope this post inspires you to create something!