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Make a Tassel



Things to make and do - tassels



Tassels are a lovely way to add a finishing touch to a project. They can be made any size and colour and out of embroidery thread, wool, cotton, strips of fabric or raffia - whatever compliments your item.



You will need:



Cereal Box
Scissors
Thread of your choice
Tapestry needle


Things to make and do - tassels




What to do



1. Cut a length of card board and fold it in half (short ends together) so that it is about the length or slightly longer than the total length of tassel you want (the length will be the folded end to the open end).

2. Wrap the thread around the card many times (Iíve used two different coloured threads, but you use whatever suits your project). The amount of times wrapped around depends on the thickness of the tassel needed.

Things to make and do - tassels



3. Fold a long length of yarn in half and thread the two ends through the eye of the needle. Slip the needle behind the strands near the fold of the cardboard then insert the needle through the loop of the yarn and pull tightly.

Things to make and do - tassels



4. At the other (open) end of the cardboard, cut the thread, and pull the cardboard away. This will leave you with a lot of threads hanging from a loop.



Things to make and do - tassels



4. Thread the needle with a long length of yarn and wrap it tightly around the head of the tassel about 1 or 2cm in from where it is tied. This gathers and holds all the strands together. To secure it thread the needle into the bulk of the tassel behind where it is wrapped around and lose the end in with the strands. Cut the tassel end level. It is now ready to be used to enhance any craft project.

Things to make and do - tassels




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