One quick and easy way to use up bits of fabrics is to make tassels
You can use tassels to: embellish zipper pulls on handbags, luggage, clothing and backpacks. Curtain tiebacks, key chains, book marks and jewelry are also fun ways to bring them into play. You do not need a sewing machine. I’ve used a needle and thread because sewing is my go-to method whenever possible. But you can use glue with good results.
Strips of fabric to accommodate tassel size
Scissors or rotary cutter
Fray Stop (Optional)
Step 1: Cut a Strip of Fabric
Cut a strip of fabric about 2–inches wider than your desired tassel length.
Notes: Adding 2 extra inches is a safety measure in the event fabrics are woven unevenly. Longer strips generate thicker, fuller tassels while shorter lengths turn out thinner, slighter ones.
Thread thickness also affect tassel size; thicker threads are easier to pull without breaking.
Cutting a small piece of the fabric you intend to use beforehand; and pulling threads from the warp (lengthwise threads) and weft (crosswise threads) will help you make an informed choice.
Step 2: Begin Removing Threads
Decide which edge will be the top and bottom of the tassel and begin pulling/removing threads.
If the vertical threads at the top and bottom of your strip are even at both ends, go to step 4.
Step 3: In Case of Uneven Edges
If though, the weft/crosswise threads of the fabric are woven unevenly, pull threads from top and bottom until you have two straight lines at both edges.
Use sharp scissors or a rotary cutter to cut off uneven threads.
Note: Save some of the longer pulled threads to make loops for tassels.
Step 4: Draw Lines and Pull Threads
Turn evenly cut fabric strip on wrong side and draw a line about a ¼ inch away from the top edge.
Draw a second line roughly 1 ¼ inches away from the top edge of fabric strip.
Pull out threads from the top edge to the ¼ inch mark and from the bottom edge, up to the 1 ¼ inch line
You can use a machine stitch with matching thread to prevent further fraying. That will keep the narrow heading between the 2 fringed edges intact. Or try using fray stop; it is a colourless solution that locks fabric threads in place.
Step 5: Make a Braid or Twist
Use some of the threads you saved earlier to make a braided or twisted loop from which tassel will hang.
You can make 3 strand braids, or 2 strand twists with equal amounts of thread.
(b) Braid or twist threads at desired length, hold both ends together and tie a knot.
Step 6: Anchor Loop to Fringe - Roll and Stitch
Place knotted end of loop on wrong side of fringed fabric. Secure to fabric with over under loop stitches.
(b) Roll fabric tightly toward the opposite end and stitch through to underneath layer on every turn.
At the free end of tassel, make a ¼ inch fold toward wrong side and slipstitch in place.
You may use permanent fabric glue in place of needle and thread.
Experiment with composite tassels: use the same process to add another layer, length, and color.
Now that you have some insight, here’s to making your best tassel!
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