DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

September 18, 2013

Hello, it’s Lisa and I’m ready to get creative with you again this month for my Make Me column on on decor8. For September, we’re going to make pretty decorative fabric tassels and I’ll show you some fun ways to use them.

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

You’ll need: Fabric scraps, ribbon or twine and scissors… That’s it!

Step 1: Tear fabric strips
To make fabric scrap tassels you can use any fabric including thrifted garments or linens, or leftovers from your sewing stash. As long as they are consistent, the fabric strips can be any length. I used 8 inch strips to make small tassels. Cut the fabric into pieces about 8 inches square. Along one edge of the fabric make small cuts about an inch long and three quarters of an inch apart. Then, with the cuts to start you off, tear the fabric into strips. Keep the different fabric strips grouped.

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

Step 2: Select colours
For each tassel you’ll need about fourteen strips. Design your tassels using a mix of all the fabrics or make them with select colours. Lay the strips in a group with the printed side facing up, and shuffle them around so there is a pleasing combination of colours and patterns on the top.

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

Step 3: Make the tassel
Take a piece of ribbon and tie it around the centre of the tassel with a double knot. Fold the fabric strips in half, then take another strip and tie it around the tassel, about three quarters of an inch from the top. Tie a double knot and flatten the ends of the tie down so they merge with the tassel.

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

That’s all you need to do to make fabulous scrappy tassels! They’re so fast and easy to make and they add a decorative touch to many different things.

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

DIY: Scrap Fabric Tassels

Decorating Tips:
Try placing them on your mood board for a dose of inspiration, hang them beneath a lampshade, from a door knob, off the back of a chair or around a vase. Tassels also look great on purse zip pulls and totes, not forgetting that they are always a fun way to jazz up gift wrapping.

I’ll look forward to helping you with handmade again next month in my Make Me column. In the meantime I hope you find some me-time to try this or to do something else creative. It really is great for your soul! – Lisa xo

(text/images: lisa tilse)


  • Reply Lucy Chen September 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hi Lisa, enjoyed this post of yours, too. It’s so easy to make and adds little lovely colours to the house. I’ve pinned it. And I’ll certainly make a few for my new home later this year.

  • Reply Lucy September 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I love these! Thanks for sharing how to make them!

  • Reply Bec September 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    So simple, but yet so beautiful!
    Thank you, Lisa, for this amazing inspiration. I’ll try it myself for sure.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Reply Sanja September 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I’m using these to make a tiny mobile for my baby girl’s crib! Thanks :)

  • Reply FrauSchmitt September 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    That’s such a sweet idea to decorate doors. I’ll definitely give it a try!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply colores September 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I am completely smitten by these tassels!!! I will definitely make a bunch of them with my fabric scraps!!! Brilliant

  • Reply Judy H. September 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    How pretty and bright! I’m going to string a bunch of these to make a garland for my 4yr. old’s bedroom!

  • Reply Judy H. September 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Oops…I forgot my question. On the tassels with the more rounded tops, is that a piece of cotton under the strips to make it rounded? Thx!

  • Reply Tracey September 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    These just make me smile. How pretty and simple.

  • Reply Marjory (@sacredflow) September 19, 2013 at 12:46 am

    So festive. Lovely!

  • Reply Jenna September 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Great idea for using up all the little scraps from sewing!

  • Reply Janet September 19, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Just darling…. And just what I needed for a bargain roller shade I put in the basement window. It is pretty high and I wrapped twine to make it longer, THIS on the end as the pull would be perfect!

  • Reply Shalagh Hogan September 19, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Ahhh, Lisa, I can not stand how sweet and lovely these are. I have made a rag garland before but I love the tassel idea. Thank you for yet another terribly simple task that, yes, demands playtime for Momma.

  • Reply Caro September 19, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Me encantaron!!!!

  • Reply Tammy Lee September 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Such a great idea!!

  • Reply Squeeze Cuddles September 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Simple yet so pretty! They would look perfect on a Christmas tree ~ Julia

  • Reply |Harmonyandesign| September 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Qué tutorial más bonito.

  • Reply Holly {Avenue} September 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    These are gorgeous! Must give them a try :)

  • Reply Afsaneh Tajvidi September 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    How sweet! They can even be used to a key-chain! Light and easy to find in a purse! :P

  • Reply Caris September 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I love this! These tassels are cute, funky and charmingly decorative! There’s so many ways you can design it with too–not to mention we can make good use of fabric scraps too. Thanks for this! :)

  • Reply Kathrin from Happy Home September 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I really like them. I think I will make a large one as curtain tieback. I just made some from old T-Shirts and they are on my doorknobs and keyring.

    I think they will be stunning as Christmas decorations as well.

    Cheers Kathrin

  • Reply Sheila Monteiro September 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I love these! will try to make some when I re -decorate my daughter’s room.
    Thanks, Holly! =)

  • Reply Jen September 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love the cute colourful tassels .Great for Christmas parcel wrapping and decorations.

  • Reply blair September 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Those tassels look fun and super addicting!

  • Reply Mar September 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Beautiful !!! i want all of them!!

  • Reply Gwen. The Makerista September 22, 2013 at 4:45 am

    So beautiful! I love the spin on the tassle…very clever!

  • Reply ajay September 22, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Those are some very pretty fabric tassels and thanks very much them on bringing a tutorial to how to make them..

  • Reply Emily September 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    These are so pretty and sweet. Will definitely be making some. Thank you for sharing x

  • Reply EPDALLAS September 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I love handmade projects like this. I envision doing this using colors like cobalt blue, gray, with a black/white print. Thanks a lot!


  • Reply gift maker September 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This is a nice and colorful idea, thank you for sharing it!

  • Reply Daniela September 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    What a fun idea! I love your choice of fabrics and ribbons, they look great together, especially on the monochrome tote! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Judy September 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    New to your blog and day one loving it. My granddaughter will love these.

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread September 24, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Judy H.,

    Hi Judy, no there’s nothing in them, the fabric must just be pushed up on some to make rounded tops. They’ll look beautiful on a garland.

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread September 24, 2013 at 7:14 am


    Lovely idea Janet!

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread September 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Kathrin from Happy Home,

    I plan to have tassels on my tree this year too!

  • Reply Kaffiknopf September 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Oh I love these!!! And the coolest thing: my little girls can make them, too. A very good way using up my to full scap box with the tassels! Thanks!!!

  • Reply Vanessa September 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Loved making these fabric tassels with my girls in the weekend. I think I am going to make heaps more to go on Christmas pressies. Thanks for sharing this cool idea.

  • Reply Tiffany October 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Shush it! Too dang cute. Found it on pinterest.

  • Reply Toni October 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    These would look great made of Christmas fabric. You could put them on your tree or make them into bunting and hang them anywhere.

  • Reply Jen H September 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I just found this on Pinterest. I was wondering where you purchased the wooden ring you have the tassels tied to?? Very pretty :)

  • Reply Wendy Robbins April 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Love this simple sweet idea! I followed your tutorial & made tassels to dress up little tea towels. So cute!

  • Reply Hunter B April 20, 2017 at 9:12 am

    It’s a few years late but I found this DIY and fell head over heels for them. My daughters’ 2nd birthday was coming up so I swung back by your post and made about 2 dozen strands of them for her party. Her party was a hit and I got so many compliments on the tassels, that we only went home with 4 rows and that’s because I hid them. 2 mothers bought all the rest. Thank you loads, Lisa, your tutorial was fun, easy to get and just a bit addictive.

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