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« on: December 31, 2018 08:47:57 AM »


I've been making these scrappy tassels for day and there are so many assembly variations. I'll share a few ways to make them and the supplies I used. These are fun as ornaments (the ones with felt balls get a drop of essential oil and are a lovely diffuser of natural scent), purse or journal decoration, key fobs, book mark additions, little ones would make fun earrings, we are keeping the red, white and green combos as holiday ornaments.

I have lots of ribbon but to make things visually interesting I used everything; lengths of yarn and embroidery thread, lace, rickrack, shoe laces, bits of pre-fab fringe, chain with bead bits on the ends, etc. If you haven't got any of that sort of thing you can simply cut or tear narrow strips of fabric, they will be frayed and raggedy which is great for a shaggy effect.


If any of your materials are creased you can very carefully iron them flat between 2 layers of parchment paper. This will keep any synthetic (ribbon usually is and you can never tell with other scraps) from melting to your iron, ironing board, etc. It's worth the precaution. Ask me how I know Tongue.

I usually pull it from under the iron, see my hand there? That helps straighten things out.

I used 20 gauge wire for most of the wire wrapping, the craft store had a great selection of different colours. You don't have to use wire at all, string is just fine for tying the tassels. I liked making connections though, it was fun figuring out all the ways to attach things.

If you need a tutorial on wire wrapping, she starts with the basics at 0:40 in this video

I raided the stash for these pretty little flowers and made dangly bits with chain.


This one was made by machine sewing strips of stuff onto a bit of pre-fab fringe. It was rolled up and hand stitched closed, then wrapped with a bit of wire.

The step-by-step how-to images are clickable for bigger photos.


Here each piece has been individually looped around a key ring then gathered together tightly and wire wrapped.

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For this, all the strips were loop around a key ring together.

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Both of these were string tied.

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For this, thin strands were drawn through then wrapped over a bead with a very large hole in it. This was likely the easiest one to make, and possibly the most secure for something that would get bounced around lots like on a purse or zipper pull.

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And finally, I've used this nifty interwoven technique before with strands of similar size, it works quite nicely though I haven't a photo of my own to show as an example.

These are essential oil diffusers, a drop of oil goes on the felted wool ball.
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Let me know if you want clarity on any of the steps or any other information. I hope you'll make some tassels, it was so satisfying using up all those little bits and bobs from the stash. Super fun!
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018 09:15:56 AM »

Hooooooo boy! I am a sucker for a tassel and boy, oh, boy do the scrappy ones speak to my heart. All this to say, "What great tassels and thanks for the tute(s)!"
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018 09:38:29 AM »

Lovely, cheerful bits of color!
Gives me all kinds of ideas:  feathers.  Bells. Charms!
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018 10:07:41 AM »

So phenomenal! Thanks so much for creating and sharing the tutorial.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018 10:34:35 AM »

Seems like you had a lot of fun making these and they look great!

I have plenty of supplies to make a batch of my own. Might do so next year.

Happy New Year!
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018 12:19:35 PM »

Very pretty. The threads type goes on my to make list.
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2018 07:13:27 PM »

They are really a lot of fun to make, I had such a great time sifting the stash and pulling out all the wee bits and pieces to pair them up. The dangly bits with chain, beads, flowers and such are my favourite parts but they would still be lovely without anything but the fabricy tassel bits.
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2019 06:49:38 AM »

Thank you for the tutorial for these fantastic little scrap-busting tassels!  I'm clearly going to have to make some soon.
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019 04:57:44 AM »

Thank you for the how to!  We have bins of scraps waiting for the right project.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2019 03:35:36 AM »

I hope you will make some & show them off here. I love seeing other people's scrap busting projects, they are my favourites!
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