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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to Make A Fabric Tassel Garland (No Sew!)

Last week I shared the big reveal of My New Backyard with y'all. One of my favorite little touches are these fabric tassel garlands.

After our one millionth skype conversation/patio critique session, Jacinda suggested a tassel garland like these from Confetti System. I loved the idea, but those are tissue paper, so not ideal for outside. Hmm.

I decided to whip some up with fabric, so I ordered some Kona Solids from Fabricworm in shades of peach, coral, and blue, as well as some natural linen, and got to work. These are easy as pie and no-sew. Learn how to make a Fabric Tassel Garland after the jump...

How to Make a Fabric Tassel Garland

I made my fabric tassels quite large (12-15" long), but you can make them any size you like. Your final tassel will be just about half the length of the longer side. I cut my fabric rectangles around 24"X30" for most of the tassels, or you could get 4 out of a standard yard by cutting them 18"X24". I recommend you choose fabric that looks the same on both sides (a solid cotton, linen, or even a lighter weight fabric like a chiffon would be lovely) since they will both show on your final fabric tassel. So fold your fabric in half so the two shorter sides meet.

Make cuts in your fabric about an inch apart, stopping around 2" to 3" before the fold. This is much less tedious if you use a rotary cutter rather than scissors.

Now unfold your fabric and lay it flat.

One one uncut end, at the center, begin to roll your fabric up.

Continue until you have a tube with fringe at each end. As you roll, untangle the fabric fringe, and try to keep your roll as tight as possible, though it doesn't need to be super-tight to look nice.

Pick it up, fold it in half, and pinch the top together so the fringe ends meet and the edge of the fabric is hidden between them.

Use a fabric scrap to tightly secure the top of your tassel.

This is what it looks like. Trim it so the ends look even if you need to.

Make another one.

And another one. And another one. And another one. Have a beer. Then make another one. And so on. Tie them to a string of some kind (I used a thick and sturdy jute because my tassels are quite large and heavy) with another little fabric scrap.

Hang them somewhere you can enjoy them.

Ask your husband what he thinks, and smile when he says "I can't talk about those kinds of things. What is it for?" Then go on Prudent Baby's facebook page and share a picture with us and know that someone understands you. You understand me, don't you?

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Blogger gill said...

What a great idea!
These would look lovely at a summer barbeque!

July 13, 2011 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger TheDixiePixie said...

Those are great! I would add them to my sewing room walls if I didn't have to share those walls with my husband (you know, because technically it is his office. whatever). Every time I ask my husband if he likes something, he just says "yep" without even looking up. That's probably why we are still married :) I understand you!

July 13, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I love the tassle garland! I am going to use this idea to put tassles in between my girl's bunting birthday banner pennants!

July 13, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger steph said...

When I watched your backyard makeover video, I was instantly in love with these tassels. Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to make some myself.

July 13, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Amee said...

i'm gonna get going on this project asap. thanks for the tutorial. oh and yes, i understand you :)
out of curiosity, where'd you get those amazing baskets!?

July 13, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Just wondering... Would it be easier to just thread the loop part of your tassel with your rope or twine, so its less likely to fall, and its supported by a much thicker amount of fabric? Or was it not wide enough for the twine to fit? Just curious so if I try I don't have to get frustrated that my plan didn't work out like I thought, haha.

July 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

holly, that would work, but i didn't like the way the tassels looked when i did it that way (because they were hanging sideways)

July 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Kimberly F said...

I think this would look super cute adorning my daughter's plain window. Thank you!

July 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger kdavis said...

Love em! I can see this being done for different holidays too! Halloween, Christmas, Winter, Valentines! oh my better get busy!

July 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

freaking cutest thing ever! Love the colors you chose. I am SOOO copying this. Thanks!

July 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Vanina said...

so cute! i love them! i will make some PRONTO ;)

July 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger ChicTreats said...

I love these fabric tassles! How did you secure the fabric scrap to the top of the tassle? Is it just knoted, or did you use something like hot glue? Do you see any issues with using hot glue?

July 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

chictreats, i just tied in a knot, i don't see a problem with hot glue, but it's not necessary :)

July 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I have been waiting for this little tutorial. I'm so happy you posted it so quickly! You, my dear, are brilliant.

July 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger DesignbyLove said...

I just have to tell you I am so jealous of your new outdoor space! The tassels are such a great idea! But I have been wondering ever since I saw you debut your new space, where did you get that bench? I want it!! Did you make it? I thought maybe you guys could let us know where you scored all your finds?

July 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
OpenID ecgirl said...

I made a tassel garland earlier this year with tissue paper. It's so festive!

July 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Looks wonderful! And your patio is unbelievable :)

Now, this is totally off-topic: do you know any blogs where I can get some ideas for a baby shower? I've never thrown one before, and makes me really depressed. Help, Prudent Mamas!!

July 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cute! Great idea to create long-lasting tassels.

July 20, 2011 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! great photos. wonderful tutorial!

July 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
OpenID soelvskjeen said...

Fantastic tutorial! I love the idèa! Featured your blog on my blog, with this tutorial! :)

July 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

These look great! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

x Hilary

August 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Haha..."What is it for?" sounds exactly like what my husband would say. He's starting to understand that aesthetic appeal is an acceptable purpose.

August 23, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger HankOrange said...

SO FUN!! I'm seeing fabric tassels in my future!

November 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger The Rooster and The Hen said...

These are so neat - I know it's December but we had to talk about these on our Christmas post!

December 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM  

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