Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tassel Tutorial Tuesday

Okay, let me just preface this by saying how under-qualified I am to give a tutorial. I am doing this because I have had several requests for a how-to and I am generous with my knowledge. The tassel above is Amy's. I told her how to do it and I took pictures along the way. If there are any gaps in my directions or you are confused about a certain part, please let me know.

First, you need to gather all your supplies: a topper, various fringes, ribbon, fabric glue(I used Allene's), and a hot glue gun. I would do this first part at a store to see how much of the body or main fringe that you need. I just rolled it a bit and held it to the bottom of my topper to see how much I needed. Then you just cut the amount you need.

Roll the main fringe and glue as you go along.

Roll and glue, roll and glue...

When you are finished with that step, sit it to the side a bit to 'set-up' or let the glue dry.

Then take your hot glue gun and squeeze the glue onto the top of the rolled fringe.

Hold to the bottom of the topper.

The next part is optional. If you want to add ribbon loops, then glue one side of the ribbon and bring the other side up, forming a loop and glue it to the first part of the ribbon.

Press the ribbon with the hot glue gun to avoid burning your fingers. *This part was Amy's idea, you don't want to know what I did with the ribbon. She definitely saved y'all a few steps!!

Take your next trim and hot glue around the top of the tassel part, covering where you glued the ribbon loops. You can do as much or as little here. Its up to your personal preference.

Tie a ribbon at the top and you are ready to hang!! See how cute Amy's tassel looks on her kitchen hutch. You can use almost anything for the topper. I think it would be easiest to use something that you can loop ribbon thru or tie onto, like our pear. Additionally, I think if you found something that did not have a loop, you might could drill a hole in it then tie your ribbon on. I think I am going to get my husband to drill a small hole into my birdie and glue a small eye hook in it.

I hope this helps!! Let me know if you make a tassel, I would love to come visit and see your handiwork. Happy Tasseling!!


Laura said...

Eventhough I love the tassels on ETSY and I have bought one, I think I may try to make a couple on my own! Thanks for the tutorial, you have been inspiring! Have a good one! You will be opening your shop soon!

Laura :)

Kindra said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to do a tutorial. I know that takes time. Those are terrific tassles! Your projects are always inspiring!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Elise- Thank you so much for teaching us how to do this!!!! What a wonderful tutorial!

I wanted to let you know that we used Sonlight last year and really liked the language arts. Don't bother with the Science, though... I have heard that My Father's World is very good.:-) Please let me know what you think...

Thanks again! Lori

Rae said...

I have spent the past 20 minutes studying each picture and reading every word in this post. I'm ready to go! Well, not quite...I do not have a topper yet! For some reason I'm stressing about what to use for a topper! As soon as I resolve that little hiccup I'll be all set thanks to you! Please tell Amy thanks as well!!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Elise...I am a friend of Lori's I saw in Lori's comments that you were making tassels and just wanted to stop in a check out your blog... I'm glad I did... I really like your tassel tutorial!
Thanks for sharing!

This simple Life said...

Great job on the tutorial. I think I would try something stronger then hot glue. My experience has been that it looses it's grip over time.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Great tutorial, but who's taking the pics? Do you have four hands like my kids think I do? LOL.

Seriously that is awesome!


CarolinaGirl said...

You are the WOMAN! Thank you so much! I am going to try this over the weekend, and I will send you a picture of the finished product! :)

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Hi Elise! I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I just love meeting new sisters. You have done a wonderful job on your tutorial.

And thank you. I would honored to be added to your favorites. Now I'm off to explore more your lovely journal.


Christy said...

Thanks for the demo. I love these tassels. I hope mine looks as great as yours!
I found your blog from Sarah (Nesting in Pleasant View).

Bella said...


I actually have 4 sparkley apple green pears...that were purchased years ago at Pier One...I love them, but only bring them out at Christmas time...maybe I should try to make one into a tassel?


You are so sweet to share your pics with us!!!


Tamlynn said...

Nice! I'm wondering why you used two kinds of glue and not the hot glue for everything?

Jennifer said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this info!! I'm heading to the craft store later this week so I am going to get supplies to make some of these for sure.

If you don't mind I have question, or two. LOL What type of fringe is that?? It looks neat! Also where do you find such neat pieces for the attachment? I would love to make some with pears and then something for a western themed bathroom. Thanks!!!!

Darlene said...

I think I could do that....thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to make me a tassel now. I have bought some from ETSY but that doesn't look too hard. Thank you so much!!!

Shannon said...

I love that tassel!

Nikki said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I think I will be making some of these!

Bella said...

I still love this tutorial...and definitely need to give this a try someday!

Re: Big Lots!

I also love to check out their food section. Recently I bought a lot of jarred roasted yellow and red peppers...my husband LOVES these and they were a good buy at $2 a jar. I like them, too, but he really really likes them :)

I also bought some "Ajvar". It is roasted red peppers, eggplant and spices. You can spread it on bread or just add a little to your dinner dish, whatever you like.

Both the Ajvar and Peppers were by a brand called Roland. Look for it :) There is no more left at my store and since this is Big Lots, I am guessing they will not be getting any more in.

I also got some good EVOO for pretty cheap, too. I am actually trying to use more Canola oil in my cooking and save the EVOO for salads, to save money...but I am in such a habit of using EVOO, it's hard. I was raised on EVOO, it's a hard habit to break! lol

If you find anything good let me know, thanks :)


Kimba said...

You are the BEST!!!! Great tutorial!

Jo said...

Fabulous job on the tutorial! I can't wait to make my own and maybe a few for friends! I wonder if I can get this done before I'm back in the classroom in 1.5 weeks ~ yikes!

Thanks again!

Heather said...

I am having so much fun making tassels these days! I found you through Cristy and Rae - and I'm so glad that I did!

I hope you don't mind if I post a link to your fine tutorial on my new blog ( still very much under construction) which is dedicated to tassels!

I'm close to needing an intervention here - this is an addictive hobby!

Cottagecheap said...

Thank you for your tutorial....I love it...I made my first one Tuesday! I posted a pic of it on my blog. I made the mistake of not drilling a hole first...but I will find a way!

Now I feel the urge to go buy lots of 'bases'.

BTW, Hobby Lobby has fringes and whatnot on 30% off until the fourth! Go Go Go!

Everyday Becky said...

I know it has been awhile since you wrote this post, but I'm so glad I found it! I've been dying to know how to make one of these. THANK YOU SO MUCH! : )

Have a great weekend!