How to Make a Tassel

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You’ve probably seen tutorials on how to make pom-poms. They’re one of my favorite things to decorate with. But have you ever tried making a tassel? Lots of companies sell “tassel-makers,” but unlike pom-poms, you can make a completely respectable tassel without any fancy tools. All you need is some yarn, scissors, a yarn needle, and something to wrap the yarn around. Today I’m going to show you how to make a basic tassel that you can add to the end of scarves, bookmarks, gifts, or anything you can think up.

To start, you’ll need something to wrap the yarn around that’s as long as you want the finished tassel to be. It’s always better to pick too long rather than too short, because you can trim the tassel later. I’m using a pack of nametags here. Try using a CD case, a movie, a deck of cards, or a small book. It should be sturdy.

Begin wrapping the yarn around.

I usually wrap about 30 times for worsted-weight yarn. It will depend on how thick your yarn is and how squishy you want the tassel to be. When you’re finished, trim the yarn.

Next, cut a long piece of yarn; this is what you’ll use to attach the tassel to your project. Pass it underneath all the wrapped strands.

Tie the yarn in a tight double-knot. Now you can remove the tassel from whatever you wrapped it around and trim the loops.

This is what you should have at this point. Next, we’re going to secure the tassel by wrapping the yarn around the top.

Take your yarn ball and tie the end around the tassel, leaving a little bit of room at the top. Begin wrapping the yarn around, encasing all the strands tightly. You can wrap as many times as you like to achieve your desired look. I usually do about 10 wraps.

This is what your tassel should look like. When you’re satisfied, cut the yarn, leaving a long end.

Thread the tail onto a yarn needle and sew through the wraps a few times to secure. You can leave this tail with the rest of the strands so you don’t have to weave it in.

Now all you have to do is decide where to affix your newly created tassel with the long ends you left earlier. Congratulations! One of my favorite things to do with these is make a crochet flower, make a long chain, and attach the flower to one end and the tassel to the other end. It makes a cute bookmark.

Need help on your tassel-making journey? Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll gladly help you out.

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