Here’s a brief overview of how to make tassels, then we’ll look at it in detailed steps:
Okay, let’s take it step by step:
First, take your string or yarn and wrap it around a flat object or card. Here, I’m using DMC Floss, size 5, Topaz 725, 25m or 27.3yards, and I’m wrapping it around a piece of chipboard that is 2.5″ tall. I chose to make a fatter tassel, so I wrapped it 50 times around. 40 wrappings is more typical, but you can adjust it according to how fat you want it. Also, be sure to not wrap too tightly or you will have a hard time getting your tassel off the card. Plus, you have to be able to get a loop underneath all those wraps.
Next, take a piece of string and make a loop. I used a 12″ piece of string. Slide the loop under the wraps.
Now put the tail of your string through the loop.
Pull the tail tight
Now slide your wrapped tassel off the card.
Next take a long piece of string (I used 16″), and place it under the tassel, one side longer than the other for wrapping around the tassel.
Tie the two ends of the string around the tassel once, but don’t knot it.
Take the long end of the string and wrap it about six times around the tassel. The end of the string is lying on top of the tassel.
Now bring the end/tail of the string around to the back and then through the middle of the eye, or hole, of the tassel.
Take a pair of needle-nose tweezers, a small crochet hook, or make a tiny hook with a paper clip, and slip it under the wrapped string. Hook that tail you just brought through the eye/hole.
Now pull that tail down and through the wrapping.
Pull the tail tight, then push the wrapping up towards the top of the tassel, adjusting any loose strings as needed.
Now cut all the loops at the bottom.
Trim the ends as needed. My tassel is now about 2-1/8″ to 2-1/4″ long and ready to be attached to my project. You can knot the top two strings or leave the ends loose, depending on how you are going to use the tassel. What length of string was needed to make this tassel? I guesstimate it was 290″, or about 8 yards. I purchased this skein of string for $1.69 at JoAnn’s Fabrics, and I should be able to get 3 of these mini tassels out of that. That makes each tassel about $0.56 each, plus tax. I think once you get the hang of it, you will probably be able to make a tassel in under 10 min. Here is a sample of how I used mine to decorate a graduation favor box:
I tucked the ends under the top circle (which has a Glue Dots Pop Dot underneath, very sticky) and trimmed off the extra string.