DIY Tassel Bag

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As Carly mentioned yesterday, we are really loving these tassels that we keep stumbling upon, so we thought it would be fun to make it a week of tassels! 

In fact, I have been coveting a beautiful summer bag with tassels, but it just seemed a bit too much for what it was. So, I decided that I would embellish a handwoven bag that I already had in my arsenal. The whole process didn't take much time at all, maybe 2 hours for a fabulous, casual detail!

Check out the step by step instructions below! 

Just a few options of embroidery floss I found at Joann's! There were so many choices including multiple metallic threads. 

Just a few options of embroidery floss I found at Joann's! There were so many choices including multiple metallic threads. 

Similar to Carly's instructions from yesterday's post, below is another way to create a simple tassel. 

To make the tassels you will need:

  • heavy card stock or cardboard- I cut mine to be 1-1/4" high for these tassels

  • several colors of embroidery floss- I looked at a few different options, and this gave great volume and still felt sophisticated! 
  • scissors
  1. Wrap a long length of thread around your card stock. Because I wanted the tassels to be full I used 2-3 embroidery floss packs per tassel to achieve a decent level of fullness for my tassels. I also taped the end to secure it. 
  2. Slide wound thread off the board, setting the looped thread on top of a 5" piece. Take the 5" piece and tie in a knot in the middle. 
  3. Trim all your thread and cut through the base of your bundle to make your tassel. You may need to trim the ends a bit more to get an even length.
  4. Wrap thread around the top, just slightly below giving the tassel a bit of a head. Secure tightly. I also added a few gold bells here for a little bit of a flair!
  5. Repeat these steps with another color of thread to make a second tassel!
  6. Need additional visuals? I found this tutorial on Martha Stewart's trusty website! 
  7. Layer various tassels together to create a playful detail to your handwoven bag! If you don't already have a French market bag, they are pretty easy to find, but here is one to check out! 

I just love how casual, yet sophisticated these tassels can be! Are there any other items that you think could be improved with a simple, inexpensive tassel? I am thinking that I may try it out at a party, on the wall or a big beautiful blanket! 

-a.