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How to make a tassel

I have to tell you that I’m more than a bit obsessed with tassels at the moment… adding them to everything! They are easy to make – in case you don’t know how, here is a mini ‘how to’ and a little round up of where I’ve been using mine.


1. Grab a piece of scrap cardboard and cut it to size. The tassel will be slightly shorter than the length of your card. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard, starting and finishing at the same end.
2. Hold the yarn and card at the top and cut along the bottom edge (the start/finish end).
3. Thread a bead onto a long piece of thread and tie a knot close to the bead. You don’t have to use a bead, but I like to because it gives the tassel a good shape.
4. Place the yarn and bead across the center of the tassel.
5. Wrap the yarn around the tassel and tie a double knot on the top.
6. Fold the tassel in half and spread the yarn evenly around the bead. Grab another piece of yarn and wrap it around the tassel a few times before tying a double knot.

7. Thread the ends of the yarn back through the wrapped section a few times.
8. Then pass it through the middle of the tassel and cut the end so it disappears back into the center of the tassel. Repeat with the other end.
9. Trim the bottom straight.
10. Tie the top loose piece of yarn to make a loop to hang your tassel.

The tassels I made are adorning zip pulls on bags and little purses, the corners of cushions and wooden necklaces.

A couple of raffia and leather tassels would look great on the Caprii tote from Freedom. Perfect for beach days and Christmas shopping.
A long yarn tassel would be lovely on a wooden nugget necklace from Elk.
Imagine a row of tassels along the scalloped edge of this Ikea throw. It costs less than $5 and you could really style it up.
At a festive table setting a silver and grey tassel with a sprig of Jasmine would work well with these simple graphic napkins from Country Road.

So what do you think? Are you with me on the tassel train?


  • http://www.snailblazer.blogspot.com Cass Ward

    Looks great Lisa. I just pinned a pom pom bookmark last night and think you could actually do the same with a tassle instead.

    • the red thread

      Hey Cass – yes, a tassel bookmark would be lovely, and a nice handmade touch if you gave a book as a gift.

  • http://www.pottymouthmama.blogspot.com lexi

    Well this is awkward. I think you’ve jumped in to my brain and (thankfully) discovered that this is the tute I have been looking for!! I have a large French key, and I want to hang it on the wall, but I wanted a tassle – and not those gross tassles you can buy in shops. I wanted a cool tassle.

    Lisa Tilse. You’ve done it again. Making this tomorrow! Thank you. x

    • the red thread

      That’s great Lexi – always happy to help! I’m sure your tassel will be in the cool gang.

  • Shelley

    Love it! Where are you getting great yarn from?

    • the red thread

      Hi Shelley, the neon yarn is called ‘brickies line’ (here in Australia) and is cheap from the hardware store. The other yarn is cheap acrylic knitting yarn.

  • Suzanne

    Lovely blog!! Everything here is gorgeous!!

    Where can I buy the large beads from?

    • the red thread

      Oh thanks so much Suzanne! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    • the red thread

      I bought mine in Japan, but if you look on Etsy there are lots of suppliers of wooden beads.

  • Suzanne

    Is that lamp from Freedom??

    • the red thread

      Yes! It is Suzanne, well spotted. I blogged about it in a previous post.

  • http://marianbarrett.wordpress.com/ Marian

    Hi Lisa! I love this tutorial on how to make tassels! It was very easy to follow with the step by step pictures and instructions (…not to mention I love the hot pink thread!) I mentioned your blog and linked to this page in a post a just did on my jewelry blog about my recent obsession with tassels! http://marianbarrett.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/the-truth-about-tassels/

  • http://www.bidinis.com/ Caterina Bidini

    Hi Lisa, your blog is a blessing! :) I was browsing around to find something handmade to add to some of my products and this tutorial is PERFECT! And btw I love the choice of palette colors for your blog. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


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