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Make a tassel already!

July 18, 2010

Have you noticed that here at Darn Good Yarn we’ve become a little nuts about our sari ribbon. And oh the varieties! Check them out here!

Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Tassel

This one I love! I was futzing around thinking about making a nice tassel. So, I did! I also beaded up a little strand of lime green seed beads and tied them around for extra embellishment. It was the perfect finishing touch. Use these to tie back curtains or tie around a pillow or you can just hang them on over guest hand towels– the possibilities are really limitless. Just don’t be afraid of color! Make a smaller one and use it as a pull on a light or a fan. Or you can make a mini one with a long tail and turn it into a bookmark. What a great gift!

For the tassel pictured you’ll need:

You’ll need 1 100g skein of Darn Good Yarn’s Around the World Sari Ribbon. You can also substitute this skein with the variety of other sari ribbons Darn Good Yarn carries. They come in solids, mixed prints, eye-lashed, and silk varieties.

Scissors

CD Case or heavy cardboard that has the same dimensions (this determines the length of the fringe of the tassel so you can make it as long or short as you’d like)

Optional:

Fishing Line

Seed Beads

Instructions:

1) Wrap the yarn around the CD case (or heavy duty cardboard). Do this until it bulks up to your desired “poofiness”. For the tassel pictured, it was about 25 times.

2) Cut  the remaining ribbon

3) Take  a 7 inch piece of ribbon and thread it through one side of the loops. You need this because you can use this ribbon to attach it to whatever you had in mind. Make it longer if you say had curtains that were very bulky. If you are having a tough time getting the ribbon through the loops, go ahead and go to step 4 and then carefully go back to this step.

4) Slide the recycled sari ribbon off the CD case.

5) Cut another piece of ribbon about 6 inches in length. This will tie the tassel together. So, tie it close to the top of the loops you just passed that ribbon from step 3. Make a neat and tight square knot for this part. this is especially important if you’re not going to add additional embellishments. You can tuck the ends of this ribbon underneath this band to make them lie flat.

6) It should really look like a tassel now! But you must cut and trim the bottom loops. Make sure to get them all and arrange the recycled sari ribbon so there is equal poofiness.

7) Go ahead an embellish as you see fit. Get funky! Try beads, buttons or leave it as is.

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