DIY Fabric Tassel

Now that Thanksgiving (in America) is behind us, I'm willing to focus on working toward Christmas and all that comes with it: the parties, the presents, the music, the decorations, and the celebration itself. To kick it all off, I'm sharing a quick technique with you that can be used in a variety of ways. Learn how to make a fabric tassel!
In my example, I used recycled sari silk, but you could any variety of material: other kinds of fabric strips, ribbon, lace, or whatever you envision. And, while I ended up using my tassel as a pendant for a necklace, yours could be a Christmas ornament or even a gift decoration!

The technique is super simple, but first, you'll need to gather your supplies.
You'll need your tassel material of choice (fabric, ribbon, etc.), wire, a bead cap, scissors, and pliers (wire cutters, chain nose, and round nose).

From there, it only takes a minute or two to Make a Fabric Tassel.  Just watch me knock one out.
It really is just a matter of bending and wrapping. The bead cap simply hides some of the messiness.

The loop on the top is perfect for sliding a bit of chain through or slipping on an ornament hook.

Smaller versions would be great for earrings.

Once you have the steps down, there are all kinds of things you can do with a tassel.
Don't let your fabric and ribbon scraps go to waste!
Let me know if you have any questions about the process. 
Enjoy the beginning of the Holiday Season!

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  1. Great idea. Now that you are sewing wit ha machine, you might collect lots of fabrics for projects. Before you cut your patterns, remove the selvage by carefully snipping it at one end for one inch (or less) and tearing along the grain. You can collect many such strips of selvage and make it into a tassel.I used to do this a lot when I first learnt pattern making. Since one side will be frayed and the other side pressed, the tassel will have great texture.

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