How to make tassels that you can add to your raffia bags this summer!
Tassels are something that adds a little something extra to those summer bags but can also be used to make key tassels or even tassel earrings.
This post is for those of you who want to make easy tassels that can be used in a number of ways.
In this tutorial you will find;
- Step by step photograph tutorial
- A video tutorial
Tassels are really easy and quick to make and can look great in a number of materials.
In this tutorial, I have made the tassels from raffia, but they can also be made from yarns, string, tissue paper and other materials.
I love making raffia tassels to add to crochet bags often with woven charms and beads.
On some of the crochet bags I have made, I made tassel charms in various sizes from raffia, adding pom-poms and beads.
These decorative tassels add a summer vibe to the bags.
I like to buy gorgeous beads from my local craft shop and use them in my projects where I can.
- Yarn (or raffia/string – other materials)
- Embroidery thread, cotton, ribbon, cord, strips of suede – for the wrapping
- A notebook
- Step 1 - You need the notebook and the yarn for this first step. Wrap your yarn a number of times around the notebook until you have a good thickness.
- Step 2 - Cut a length of yarn and place it underneath the yarn that is wrapped around the book, push it up to the top and tie, securing with a knot. If you want to add pom poms or beads on top of this tassel, it is a good idea to cut a longer length of yarn. This will make it easier to add extra items on top and to secure onto a key chain.
- Step 3 - With the scissors, cut the yarn at the bottom end of the tassel.
- Step 4 - Gather the tassel together and select the thread (or another wrapping) that you want to tie and wrap around the top part of the tassel. Leave a length at the top end and make a loop at the other end before you start to wrap many times around the top section. When you have as many wraps as you want, cut the yarn, threading the end through the loop. As in the image below, you should have one thread end near the top of the tassel and the other through the loop – pull both together tightly and cut the loose ends. This secures the thread and hides the ends, so you don’t see any knots.
- Step 5 - You can add more than one colour and repeat the looping process (as in step 4) to secure both ends of the yarn.
- Step 6 - Cut the ends of the tassel to make them all the same length.
You can add beads, pom poms and a key chain to clip onto your bag or backpack.
Make in any size and with any yarn, string and other materials.
There is a video tutorial in this post to help you.
You can also view this over on my YouTube channel here.
If you enjoyed making the tassels, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.
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