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DIY Craft Tutorial – How to make tassels to add to your knits

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How to make tassels to add to your knits 

Whether you make your own knits, buy them online from places like Folksy or pick them up from charity shops, why not jazz them up a bit, add some individual spirit, make them unique to you or personalise them for a gift. In this tutorial, Sandra Nesbitt of The Feminine Touch Designs shows you how to make simple tassels, and how tassels can add a relaxed, hippy vibe to your knits.

You can use your tassels on the tip of hooded jackets, the hem of ponchos, shawls or scarves.  They look great in the home too, added to the corners of cushions, throws and blankets and hanging from curtain ties and wall hangings. 

When choosing materials for your tassels, you could go with a special hand-dyed yarn chosen specifically to complement your knit (click here to shop for mini skeins on Folksy), add a few ribbons, or if the knit you’re embellishing is handmade by a Folksy seller, you could even ask them if they have any left-over yarn. For mini projects like earrings or a keyring, you can also make tassels from silk or cotton embroidery thread.

Tassel Tutorial

Learn how to make simple tassels to embellish your knits in this simple step-by-step.

  1. Cut a piece of card to the desired length of your tassel.
  2. Cut two strands of wool 30cm long.
  3. Wrap your wool around the card 40 times.
  4. Cut the wool.
  5. Thread one of the 30cm strands of wool through the top loops.
  6. Pull the two ends together and tie off (the strands can be used to attach the tassel to your knit).
  7. Cut the loops at the bottom. 
  8. Wind the second 30cm strand around tassel 10cm from top four times.
  9. Tie off tightly.

Step-by-step instructions (with photos)

tassel tutorial step 1

Step 1.
Cut a piece of card to the desired length of your tassel.

tassel tutorial step 2

Step 2.
Cut two strands of wool 30cm long.

tassel tutorial step 3

Step 3.
Wrap your wool around the card 40 times.

tassel tutorial step 4

Step 4.
Cut the wool.

tassel tutorial step 5

Step 5.
Thread one of the 30cm strands of wool through the top loops.

tassel tutorial step 6

Step 6.
Pull the two ends together and tie off (the strands can be used to attach the tassel to your knit).

tassel tutorial step 7

Step 7.
Cut the loops at the bottom. 

tassel tutorial step 8

Step 8.
Wind the second 30cm strand around tassel 10cm from top four times.

tassel tutorial step 9

Step 9.
Tie off tightly. Now your tassel is ready to adorn your knit!

Sandra sells knitting patterns and supplies as well as knitwear, knitted accessories and homeware in her Folksy shop. Visit The Feminine Touch Designs to see all her designs, tools and kits.


Tassel-tastic Ideas

There are lots of other ways to use your tassels too. Here are some more ideas on how to use tassels from our talented designers and makers on Folksy…

pink tassel and pom pom bag charms
Pink Tassel and Pom Pom Bag Charm by Pom Pom and Tassels – available here
sea glass and tassel earrings in blue
Seaglass and Tassel Earrings by Seaside Rocks – available here
handmade book with tassel
Tassel embellishment for a hand-bound book by LizzieMade Hand Bound Books – available here
bunny bag charm with tassel
Bunny Rabbit Kawaii Bag Charm with Tassel by Ellie’s Treasures – available here
teal wine glass charm with tassel
Teal wine glass charm with tassel by Flamingo – available here
beaded bracelet with tassels
Beaded Bracelet with Tassel by Apple Queen Jewellery – available here
crochet shawl with tassels
Crochet Shawl with Tassel Fringe by Hook and Loop – available here
tassel keyrings
Leather and Suede Tassel Keyrings by Miller and Jeeves – available here
knitted toddler hat with tassels
Toddler Hat with Tassels by Kath Heywood – available here
Rose Gold Tassel Hoop earrings by IRMY – available here

Click here to discover even more tassels on Folksy!

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1 comment

jones3210 July 22, 2019 - 6:39 pm

Very cool article. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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