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Design, The All Important Details: Tassels as an Accessory and How to Make One

February 7, 2012

As the saying goes “It’s the little things that mean a lot.”  This is also true  when designing a room.  Small objects can give that “Wow” look and help add color and texture, making things more interesting.  The trick is, you don’t want too many of them.

The breakfast area I am working on for my sister is somewhat small so I have to be careful not to overdo. Although there are an overabundance of objects to work with that have been collected (I have the same propensity to collect, textiles, beautiful accessories) I will not be able to  use them all!  I have weeded some small objects out of the cupboard  but I have added one, an “Anthropology” style tassel.  If they make one, this is how I imagine it would look like.  I made it from scrap fabric, blue and white toile from an old dress, a different print from the blue plaid curtains.  I hung it on the front door of the cupboard.

If you would like to make one of these tassels that can be hung on a door, drawer, or as a pendant on a necklace, read on.

The materials you will need to make this “anthropology” style tassel are; an empty spool of thread (size depends on how large you want the tassel “body” to be), approximately 1/4 yard of fabric (makes two tassels), medium to heavy weight not thin fabric, scissors, and a hot glue gun.

Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover the spool.  Cover the spool and gather the extra fabric at the bottom (an inch or more is good filler for a fuller fringe) and secure with a rubber band, or string.

Cut a length of the fabric about a 1 1/2 feet or so (for a fuller tassel fringe increase length).  The width is however long you want the fringe to be.  Cut fringe (1/2″ to 1/4″ width of fringe) all along the long side of the fabric to approximately 1/2″ at the top.

Hot glue the top of the uncut  portion of the fringed fabric to the body of the tassel starting at the gathered end of the spool, an inch at a time (slide down rubber band, if desired, so it can be taken off after glueing).  Keep glueing and winding the fringed fabric until finished.

The tassel should look like this with trim added:

I cut off a piece of hem from the skirt to trim the top and bottom of the body of the tassel.  Different combinations of fabrics and trims can be used for different effects.  Fabrics with raw edges can be used for the trim, making it more Anthropology-like.

If you would like to see a wonderful Anthropology styled party table/decorations and accessories for an event at Liberty in London, that will really get your creative juices going. . . .Stay tuned for my next blog!!

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