Tassels are an excellent finishing touch to a crochet project. They add a dash of elegance to an already stunning piece! Best of all, you don’t even have to buy them! You can easily make your own tassel out of yarn.
These ornamental pieces are incredibly versatile – aside from being a decorative touch to your crochet projects, they can also be turned into necklaces, keyrings, bracelets, and even earrings!
This tutorial will teach you, step-by-step, how you can create your own tassels from yarn.
Making the Tassel
To make a tassel you will need:
- Tapestry needle
Cut the cardboard 3 inches wide (approx. 7.5 cm) wide. The height should be as tall as you want the tassel to be. If you have a thin cardboard, you may need to cut two pieces of the same size and press them together.
Start at one end of the cardboard, wrap the yarn around the end, continue to wind the yarn until you have reached the desired thickness then cut the yarn. It is best to stop at the same end as you started. Keep in mind that the tassel thickness will be both sides of the cardboard combined.
Cut a piece of the yarn about 18 inches (approx. 45 cm) in length. Insert the end of the yarn under the strands at the top of the cardboard. You may find it easier to use the tapestry needle if you have wound the yarn tight.
Pull the piece of yarn tightly and tie a couple of knots to secure it. Make sure that the two yarn tails are of equal length because you’ll be needing these yarn ends to attach the completed tassel.
Cut the yarn at the other side of the cardboard and remove the cardboard piece.
Secure the tassel firmly by wrapping it tight with another piece of yarn. This should be about half an inch (approx. 1.25 cm) from the tassel’s top.
Hide the yarn ends using the tapestry needle. Thread needle and pull the ends through the center of the tassel. This will disguise the tied ends and prevent them from sticking out of the finished tassel.
Give the bottom end of your tassel a trim and attach it to your project.