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Move Over Mason Jars: Tassels are So Hot Right Now

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Jessica
09.26.14

Right now, as you are reading this post, tassels are having a moment. If you’ve seen them on just-about-everything (like here and here and here), but haven’t jumped on the Trend Wagon due to hefty tassel price tags, just make your own!

They’re super easy to make. Like, Easy Mac easy.

Here’s how to make your own trendy tassels that any Anthro lover will fawn over:

For this project, you only need two things:

  • Thread
  • Scissors

   

1. Wrap Thread Around Your Hand

As you wrap, keep in mind that the thickness of your tassel will be double the thickness of the thread you are wrapping. Once you have the desired thickness, ease the loop of thread off of your hand (we’ll call it “the wheel” now) and snip it free from the spool of thread.

2. Cut the Thread So There’s a 10-Inch Tail

You’ll use this tail to tie off the wheel of thread (that you just made by wrapping thread around your hand), so it’s better to have extra thread that you can trim away later.

   

3. Stick the Tail String Through the Wheel and Tie It Off

You want the remainder of the tail to stick straight out of the thread wheel. This will be the fastener that will secure the threads in place.

   

4. Wind Thread Around Your Wheel Until You Reach the Desired Thickness

Grab the loose piece of thread you just secured as the top of the tassel. About ¼ of an inch down from the top, wrap thread around the thread wheel until you reach the desired thickness. When you’re satisfied, knot off the loose thread. The whole thing should look pretty “tassel-y” at this point. 

5.  Cut Off the Bottom of the Wheel to Create Your Tassel

This will turn your looped string into a bona fide tassel. You’re done!

Once they’re made, there are endless uses for tassels. Here are a few of our favorites:

Dress Up Pillows

You don’t need a sewing machine to dress up a pillow. With a needle and thread, secure tassels to the corners of pillows. Then, tie off the thread.

Make Tasseled Towels

Follow the same instructions as the pillows. A few hand stitches, and you’ve got yourself some fancy towels!

Designate Drinks

If you’re throwing a party, attached different colored tassels to everyone’s wine glasses. That way, you’ll avoid any mix-ups later in the night.

Get Creative on the Curtain Rod

Tie it on. Enjoy it!

Entertain the Cat

And finally, why not give Ms. Whiskers something to play with?

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