How To Make Tassels {Photo + Video Tutorial}

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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

Raffia tassel lying on a notebook

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Making Tassels

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.

Raffia tassel lying on a notebook next to thread

Beaded Tassels

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.

raffia crochet purse with long tassel

Grab the bag pattern here.

Video Tutorial

You can watch a video tutorial over on my YouTube channel here.

Yield: Tassels

How To Make A Tassel

How To Make A Tassel

Make easy diy tassels with this easy tutorial!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Yarn (or raffia/string – other materials)
  • Embroidery thread, cotton, ribbon, cord, strips of suede – for the wrapping

Tools

  • Scissors
  • A notebook

Instructions

  1. 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 - how to make a diy tassel
  2. 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. Easy tassel tutorial
  3. Step 3 - With the scissors, cut the yarn at the bottom end of the tassel. making tassels
  4. 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. how to make a raffia tassel
  5. 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. raffia tassels
  6. Step 6 - Cut the ends of the tassel to make them all the same length. Tassel

Notes

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.

Did you make this project?

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I love seeing your finished projects!

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