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By Jeff A Hardy

A tassel, simply defined, is a dangling ornament made by laying parallel a bunch of cords or threads of even length and fastening them at one end. They can be seen everywhere- on handbags, belts, shoes, bracelets. They are, in fact, one of many significant arts and craft supplies used for decoration and style. Here is the simple technique for making basic tassel.

Materials Required

Yarn: Approximately 32 yards is needed to create a 6 inch tassel. Thick yarns like chenille & raffia produces chunkier tassel and thinner ones like rayon, cotton, or embroidery threads result in more fine tassels.

Cardboard: It should be a little stiff & wider than the intended length of tassel.

Tapestry Needle: It has a blunt edge with a large eye.

Scissors: Small & sleek sewing scissors for lighter materials, while a more sophisticated multi-purpose scissors for heavier yarns.


Instructions for making Tassel

Lay a short piece of yarn along the full length of cardboard. If desired, you can tape this string.
Wind the remaining yarn around the width of the cardboard till the desired thickness.
Bring the ends of the short yarn together and tie it tightly so that one end of the tassel is gathered.
Slip the scissors between the opposite tassels, cutting the untied side slowly and evenly.
Wind some yarn around the neck of the tassel and tie it tightly by knotting it.
Use the tapestry needle to hide the ends of this thread within the tassel.
Now, trim the ends of the tassel to get a neat and perfect tassel.

This is only a basic tassel. Let your imagination fly to make advanced variations to produce decorative tassels and use them on your handbags, curtains or for any other decoration. You can even make earrings with tassels.

For more arts and craft supplies accessories like tassels etc.

For another free tutorial on making tassels with diagrams please click here!

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Comment by Athena's Grove on June 4, 2009 at 2:38am
Loooove tassels! They make everything look more luxurious!
Comment by Elizabeth Santaella on June 3, 2009 at 1:31pm
Thanks!!
Comment by Warna on June 3, 2009 at 10:53am
Thank you for that simple tip Mary. I am off to wash some cushion covers!!! tassels and all!!
Comment by migdalia on June 3, 2009 at 7:55am
last chrismas I used 2 yarn colors for my tessel: red and green. thanks for instruction for us.
Comment by Mary on June 3, 2009 at 7:08am
Very good instructions. If you have something that has tassels and needs washing, simply stretch an elastic around thread ends and wash. When done washing the threads are still straight and untangled. : )

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