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Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

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.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Supplies
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.

Make Me: Pretty 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.

Make Me: Pretty 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.

Make Me: Pretty 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.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty 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)

Posted by decor8 in Make Me on September 18, 2013

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  1. Lucy Chen commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 9:39am

    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.
    Lucy Chen´s last blog post ..Can Lightning McQueen be a Transformer?

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  2. Lucy commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 10:09am

    I love these! Thanks for sharing how to make them!
    Lucy´s last blog post ..HGTV Invite

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  3. Bec commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 12:01pm

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

    Greetings from Germany
    Bec
    Bec´s last blog post ..Regen ist doof? Quatsch! Meine Nähprojekte mit wunderschönen Stoffen

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  4. Sanja commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 12:25pm

    I’m using these to make a tiny mobile for my baby girl’s crib! Thanks :)
    Sanja´s last blog post ..:)

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  5. FrauSchmitt commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 2:37pm

    That’s such a sweet idea to decorate doors. I’ll definitely give it a try!
    Thanks for sharing!
    FrauSchmitt´s last blog post ..Sonnengelb ins Haus

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  6. colores commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 4:06pm

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

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  7. Judy H. commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 10:48pm

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

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  8. Judy H. commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 10:53pm

    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!

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  9. Tracey commented
    September 18th, 2013 at 10:55pm

    These just make me smile. How pretty and simple.
    Tracey´s last blog post ..Takin a “breather” ….

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  10. Marjory (@sacredflow) commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 12:46am

    So festive. Lovely!
    Marjory (@sacredflow)´s last blog post ..Beyond Decor | The Soul of your Space

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  11. Jenna commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 12:49am

    Great idea for using up all the little scraps from sewing!
    Jenna´s last blog post ..Wrapping My Head Around This One – Mama + Business Owner

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  12. Janet commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 2:02am

    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!

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  13. Shalagh Hogan commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 2:27am

    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.
    Love,
    Shalagh
    Shalagh Hogan´s last blog post ..Return To Hampden

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  14. Caro commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 4:09am

    Me encantaron!!!!

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  15. Tammy Lee commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 7:38am

    Such a great idea!!

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  16. Squeeze Cuddles commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 12:17pm

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

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  17. |Harmonyandesign| commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 12:31pm

    Qué tutorial más bonito.
    Bss

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  18. Holly {Avenue} commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 3:12pm

    These are gorgeous! Must give them a try :)
    Holly {Avenue}´s last blog post ..Swedish Home with Soul

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  19. Afsaneh Tajvidi commented
    September 19th, 2013 at 9:57pm

    How sweet! They can even be used to a key-chain! Light and easy to find in a purse! :P
    Afsaneh Tajvidi´s last blog post ..End of summer

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  20. Caris commented
    September 20th, 2013 at 5:58am

    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! :)
    Caris´s last blog post ..Matt Innes and Saori Kajiwara’s Letterform Furniture

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  21. Kathrin from Happy Home commented
    September 20th, 2013 at 12:02pm

    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

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  22. Sheila Monteiro commented
    September 20th, 2013 at 12:30pm

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

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  23. Jen commented
    September 20th, 2013 at 2:44pm

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

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  24. blair commented
    September 20th, 2013 at 9:07pm

    Those tassels look fun and super addicting!
    blair´s last blog post ..Sir Robin Shirt!

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  25. Mar commented
    September 22nd, 2013 at 12:24am

    Beautiful !!! i want all of them!!

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  26. Gwen. The Makerista commented
    September 22nd, 2013 at 4:45am

    So beautiful! I love the spin on the tassle…very clever!
    Gwen. The Makerista´s last blog post ..A Pre-Pinterest Wedding: The Unconventionally Classic Affair

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  27. ajay commented
    September 22nd, 2013 at 6:22am

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

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  28. Emily commented
    September 22nd, 2013 at 11:37pm

    These are so pretty and sweet. Will definitely be making some. Thank you for sharing x
    Emily´s last blog post ..Make Light – Photography for Bloggers Workshop

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  29. EPDALLAS commented
    September 23rd, 2013 at 8:46am

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

    SHOP ~ EPDALLAS~

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  30. gift maker commented
    September 23rd, 2013 at 4:51pm

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

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  31. Daniela commented
    September 23rd, 2013 at 8:00pm

    What a fun idea! I love your choice of fabrics and ribbons, they look great together, especially on the monochrome tote! Thanks for sharing!
    Daniela´s last blog post ..Conversational

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  32. Judy commented
    September 23rd, 2013 at 11:46pm

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

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  33. lisa :: the red thread commented
    September 24th, 2013 at 7:11am

    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.

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  34. lisa :: the red thread commented
    September 24th, 2013 at 7:14am

    Janet,

    Lovely idea Janet!

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  35. lisa :: the red thread commented
    September 24th, 2013 at 7:15am

    Kathrin from Happy Home,

    I plan to have tassels on my tree this year too!
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..the red thread :: featured in Inside Out magazine

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  36. Kaffiknopf commented
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:18am

    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!!!

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  37. Vanessa commented
    September 27th, 2013 at 10:37pm

    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.

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  38. Tiffany commented
    October 4th, 2013 at 10:44pm

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

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  39. Toni commented
    October 12th, 2013 at 9:12pm

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

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  40. Jen H commented
    September 13th, 2014 at 12:27pm

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

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