Tassels are showing up everywhere- on handbags, necklaces, earrings, shoes and home decor. While the tassel as a decorative adornment is old news, there are plenty of fun new ways that you can incorporate some colorful fringe into your look. The best part about tassels is that they are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make yourself, but depending on the color, material and size of your tassels can make a bold fashion statement!
Amanda and I were out shopping recently at Vernacular, (our favorite Columbus boutique,) when we came across quite a few very pretty and simple necklaces that featured a gemstone with some colorful thread tassels. Inspired by their playful simplicity I decided to try making one myself! The whole project took me under an hour to pull together and I'm quite happy with the results!
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 sewing thread- you can try thicker thread or cord for a more robust tassel
- a sewing needle
- Cut a 4" piece of thread and lay it across the length of your card stock
- Wrap a long length of thread around your card stock. Because I was using thin thread I wrapped mine quite a few times (I lost count) to achieve a decent level of fullness for my tassels.
- Knot the 4" piece of thread at the top of the card stock and slide your bundle off the card.
- Thread your needle with the same color thread- you'll only need about 12" for this- and begin tightly wrapping this thread about 1/4" from the top of your bundle. When you find you have a nice secure wrap- about 10-15 wrap-arounds should do the trick- take your needle and thread it through your wrap a few times to secure it in place.
- 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.
- Repeat these steps with another color of thread to make a second tassel!
- Need additional visuals? I found this simple YouTube video very helpful!
To make the necklace you will need:
- your assembled thread tassels
- a 30" length of chain in the metal of your choice- you can adjust the length as you like
- small metal jump rings
- a coordinating metal clasp
- a gemstone pendant- I used a crystal pendant I had from Crystal River Gems but you could use any type of stone pendant or reuse a pendant necklace you already have
- needle nose pliers
- Attach 2 metal jump rings to the tops of each of your tassels. I wrapped some thin gold wire around the top of my tassels for an extra gold accent but this isn't necessary.
- If your pendant doesn't have a loop to hang it on your chain you can check out this simple tutorial I did on how to make a simple briolette wrap!
- Cut your chain to your desired length. At the center of your chain loop on or attach your gemstone pendant. A few links up from this attach your 2 tassels.
- Using 2 more jump rings attach your clasps to the ends of your chain.
- You're finished! A beautiful and stylish tassel and gemstone necklace that's all your own! Have fun playing around with the colors of your tassels and try adding additional decorative beads along with your tassels for some extra bling!
The possibilities are endless with tassels and they're so easy to make yourself!