Looking for ways to use up your fabric scraps? Here's another one for you: No-sew fabric tassels.
All you need to make them is scraps of fabric or an old garment that you don’t mind cutting to pieces. As well, you’ll require a straight edge like a ruler or yardstick and a pair of sharp scissors.
To be honest, I didn’t use a straight edge; I eyeballed it. That’s because I wasn’t after flawlessly straight strips. If that’s the look you want, use fabrics that won’t fray and employ your straight edge.
Best of all, it’s an easy project that anyone can do and you don’t need to sew. Let’s explore how to make fabric tassels the easy way.
Examples of fabrics that won't fray: T-shirt knits and jersey won’t unravel. Too, woven textiles cut on the bias will resist fraying. For loose weaves, there is a limit to how narrow you can cut the fabrics. Doing a swatch test and stretching the strip for strength is helpful.
Fabric large enough to cut into strips for desired tassel size – I used 13” X 12” X ½” strips for the largest tassel.
In addition, you’ll need an extra strip to make the loop/hanger or suspension cord.
And another strip to tie the neck which lies underneath the ball/head of the tassel.
Ruler, yardstick or straight edge
Flat surface to work
Note: Half inch strips are not carved in stone; you may also use narrower or wider strips. But remember wider strips produce better results in larger tassels.
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Step 1: Cut Fabric Strips
Cut fabric into strips ½” wide and about 13” to 15” for large tassels. For an idea of how full you'll like your tassel to be, encircle the strips in the middle with your thumb and index finger and let the tails hang. From there, experiment with shorter and fewer strips for varied sizes
(b) Cut 2 extra strips the same length or a few inches longer-depending on how long you'll like the loop/hanger to be.
(c) One strip will be used to tie the neck of the tassel which will form the ball a.k.a. the head and keep the strips/skirt together.
Note: The thickness of the materials you are using will also affect the amount of fabric strips you’ll need.
Step 2: Tie Loop/Hanger
Above: Use the fabric strip reserved for the loop/hanger to tie a knot at the length you want the loop to be; leave 2 tails long enough to fasten the stack of strips in the middle with a double knot.
Step 3: Organize Strips and Tie Knot
Organize strips in a uniform pile and use the tails of the loop you created to tie a double knot at the middle. Tie the knot loose at first; it will allow you to make adjustments as necessary.
Step 4: Create Head and Tie at Neck
Arrange strips and tie at neck. Again, start with a loose not that will allow you to create a well rounded skirt. (b) Continue wrapping strip around neck and finish with a double knot.
Above: Left, Red fabric tassel with loop intact; ready for neck to be tied and head to be formed. Right: Create head by tying at neck - Evenly adjust the strips with first tie at neck; continue wrapping longer side of tail around neck and tie with a double knot.
Step 5: Conceal Neck Tie Tails
Push a crochet needle through the tassel skirt and pull the tails of the neck tie downward near the centre. Tug on them to pull the knot inward; it will disappear.
Step 6: Trim Tassel Skirt
Use scissors to trim tassel skirt for an even look.
WHAT TO DO WITH FABRIC TASSELS
Fabric tassels are not just ornamental; here’s proof that they work:
Key chains – Make tassels in any size you like and use them on existing key chains.
Or as you make your tassel, add a key chain ring and and/or a lobster claw to design your own.
Luggage – Use them as a marker to easily identify your luggage when traveling.
Decorate handbags clutches and backpacks – Style your accessories with matching or contrasting tassels on handles or zipper pulls.
Make fashion accessories – Braid strips of fabric together; make a belt and attach tassels to both ends.
Make garment closures – Swap the buttons on outer garments for tassels.
Fabric tassels for blouse – Jazz up a blouse with tassels to create a whole new look.
Curtain tiebacks – Let the sunshine in with tasseled curtain tiebacks.
Ornaments and decorations – Go for a tasseled look on Christmas tree decorations, and opt for tassels instead of bows when you wrap gifts.
Now you are equipped to becoming an authority on making fabric tassels.
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