Make your Own Tassels
Using DMC Thread
By: Amber, Damask Love
It's no secret that I have a thing for color. Bright colors. In your face colors. Luckily, DMC offers embroidery floss in every single color under the sun. I'm talking "20 different shades of yellow." Yeah, DMC doesn't play around. With so many colors at my disposal, it would have been a shame to use only one for these tassels - so I didn't. I used six...and the results are just lovely. Here's how it's done
- 6 skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss in your choice of colors
- Strong crafting glue
- 1 Medium sized jump ring (located in the jewelry findings section of your craft store)
- 2 Jewelry pliers
- Remove the sleeves from one of the skeins of floss
- From the remaining five skeins, cut even lengths of floss measuring approximately one yard
- Starting about one-third the way up the skein of floss tie one of the strands once around (no need to tie a knot)
- Once tied, begin looping the strand around and around the full skein
- Once you have looped the strand around a few times, tie it off as shown
- Now add the second strand color by tying it onto the skein just as you did the first color
Or follow the instructions below:
- Continue looping the second strand around as shown
- Continue adding color strands and looping until you have looped around the middle one-third of the skein. Be sure to tie off each color strand before moving on to the next color.
- Use scissors to trim off the excess strands
- Bend the skein in half
- Tie on the last color strand as shown
- Loop the strand around as shown and tie off
- Add a dab of craft glue
- Use finger to smooth the loose end into the craft glue. This will ensure that everything stays together and doesn't unravel.
- Trim off the bottom of the skein. HINT: Dip the bottom portion of the tassel into water before cutting. This makes it much easier to cut a clean even line.
- Use pliers to open jump ring
- Thread jump ring through the top of the tassel.
- Attach jump ring to zipper pull and close with pliers.
Don't be fooled by the number of steps for this project. Once you've got the hang of it, you can make these in just a few minutes. They make the perfect zipper pull - or you can attach one to a chain and make a very cool necklace. Considering how inexpensive they are to create, you can make a pile of these as gifts without breaking the bank!
Now get crafting! This project is a ton of fun to make.