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Making Tassels for a Throw Pillow

Add a little something special to your throw pillows by making tassels at home using leftover scrap yarn.

Throw pillows with tassels places on a couch.

DIY Tassels!

Sometimes a throw pillow just needs a little something extra or maybe your just looking for a fun and easy craft? Whatever the reason, making tassels at home is fun, quick and inexpensive especially when comparing the price of an already embellished pillow.

I have loads of leftover yarn from knitting projects I’ve made over the years. Often there is not enough yarn to make a whole new project so these DIY tassels are a great option.

Other Ways to Use Scrap Yarn

For more creative ways to use leftover yarn check out this mini pom-pom garland idea; this crochet flower pattern; and these easy to knit eggs for Easter.

Materials Needed for Making Tassels:

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Materials needed to make tassels.

How to Make Tassels:

Cut strands of yarn between 9-10” long.

Cutting a strand of yarn measuring 9 inches.

Continue cutting strands until you have about 30 strands in the dominant color.

Cut about 10 additional strands in the secondary color.

Cut strands of white and black yarn.

Place the strands in a pile mixing the two colors.

Put one strand centered underneath the pile in the opposite direction. 

Mixing the cut yarn together and laying a strand of yarn underneath the pile in the opposite direction.

Tie that strand around the others tightly, knotting it in place. 

tying the strand of yarn around the mixed yarn.

Fold over one side so all the yarn ends are facing the same direction.

Folding over the mixed yarn so that yarn ends face the same direction.

Tie another piece of yarn, cut to 15” long, around the looped yarn and wrap around the yarn a few times. Knot the ends to secure.

Tying another strand of yarn around the looped yarn.

Make additional tassels – 4 for each throw pillow.

Wrapping the strand of yarn around the looped yarn a few times to make a tassel.

Trim off any loose hanging ends as shown.

Trimming loose yarn from the tassel.

With a needle and matching thread, sew the top of the tassel to the corner of the throw pillow securely and enjoy! Don’t those tassels make the pillow pop?

Throw pillows with tassels places on a couch.

Adding the black and white geometric design to the throw pillow was also a DIY project. We used a blank Cricut pillow and using our Cricut Maker we cut out the design using Infusible Ink transfer sheets and heat pressing it with our EasyPress 2.

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Close up of a tassel and a throw pillow with text overlay.

Making Tassels for a Throw Pillow

Jane and Sonja
Add some fun DIY tassels using leftover scrap yarn to your throw pillows.
5 from 2 votes

Materials
  

  • Yarn in 2 coordinating colors medium or worsted weight yarn, 2-ply fine yarn
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Needle and thread in a matching color
  • Throw Pillow

Instructions
 

  • Cut strands of yarn between 9-10” long.
  • Continue cutting strands until you have about 30 strands in the dominant color.
  • Cut about 10 additional strands in the secondary color.
  • Place the strands in a pile mixing the two colors.
  • Put one strand centered underneath the pile in the opposite direction.
  • Tie that strand around the others tightly, knotting it in place.
  • Fold over one side so all the yarn ends are facing the same direction.
  • Tie another piece of yarn, cut to 15” long, around the looped yarn and wrap around the yarn a few times. Knot the ends to secure.
  • Make additional tassels – 4 for each throw pillow.
  • Trim off any loose hanging ends.
  • With a needle and matching thread, sew the top of the tassel to the corner of the throw pillow securely.
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