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cute-as-a-button looped tassels

October 9, 2011

Last week’s paper tassels with the button embellishment sent me into a tassel making frenzy.  I experimented with a variety of paper and am still enamored with these adorable little frou-frous.

Next I decided to try something new.  This darling looped button tassel.

I originally saw it while reading Robynne’s Nest where she featured a tassel she purchased at a lovely shop called the Cloth House in London.  So, in the spirit of full disclosure, this is a d-i-y version of their product.  It’s just so adorable I couldn’t resist.  If you’d like to make one, here are some easy instructions.

Start with a spool of cotton string, hemp string or anything narrow enough to fit through a button hole.   Thread 15 buttons onto your string, reinforcing the end with a piece of cellophane tape if needed.

Wrap the string around a greeting card and place a button at the bottom of each loop.

After the 15th full wrap, cut the string and secure the top end of the loops with a binder clip.

Cut another length of string about 15 inches long and fold it in half.  Tie a simple overhand knot at the halfway point then thread the string ends through a 2-hole button.  Slide the button up to the knot.  This is going to be the top of our tassel.

Remove the binder clip from the card and slip one of the string ends of the top piece through the tassel loops and make a single knot.  Adjust the top piece so the button is squarely on top of the loops and tie another knot beneath them to secure.  Now cut another piece of string about 10 inches long to bind the tassel.

Slide the tassel off the card.  Smooth the strings beneath the top button and begin wrapping the binder string about 3/8″ below the button.  Make several wraps and tie the two ends of the binding string to secure.  Now trim the loose string ends near this binding knot.

And you’re finished!  You’ve got a cute-as-a-button looped tassel.

{As a tip, to add stiffness to your cotton string, first soak briefly in a shallow dish of white glue diluted with water and let dry.  Works like a charm!}

My Christmas trees (oh yes, I’m already thinking about Christmas!) are going to be dressed up with all sorts of home sweet homemade trinkets this year and both varieties of tassels are guaranteed to find a place of honor among the pretty boughs.

Still interested in tassels?  Click here for a rustic twist on the old classic 🙂

Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2011 7:45 pm

    These are fabulous. I’ve been thinking I need a tassel for my desk/armoire door, but I’m not really the tassel type…but these would be perfect. I love the tutorial too! So creative!

  2. October 9, 2011 10:42 pm

    such a fresh look at tassels. I love how you think beyond the norm.
    Pam

  3. Mel permalink
    October 9, 2011 10:47 pm

    Okay–I’m not a tassel kinda person, but these, I think I could do!

    Cute–very much so.

    And as a side note, I greatly appreciate the prior post. Thank you for that.

  4. October 9, 2011 11:48 pm

    Another FAB creation, Diane!

    LOVE em’ ALL!

    And I’ve been meaning to share this in my comments to you, but keep forgetting to mention it. You’re ‘how-to’ directions are always very clear and easy to read.

    “My Christmas trees (oh yes, I’m already thinking about Christmas!) are going to be dressed up with all sorts of home sweet homemade trinkets this year and both varieties of tassels are guaranteed to find a place of honor among the pretty boughs.”

    I can’t WAIT to see what you have instore for the holidays. I remember your tree from last year and loved it!

    Hope you had a lovely weekend, dear friend!

    X to you and Cristybella!

    P.S. and as Mel shared in her comment above, I greatly appreciated your prior post. I stopped by last night to leave you a comment, but then saw you had comments closed. Excellent post!

  5. Corina Vasquez permalink
    October 10, 2011 1:59 am

    Hi Diane! Tea and I spent a good amount of time admiring all of your creations and beautiful pictures from your website. We are amazed about your talent and creativity!

  6. October 10, 2011 4:02 am

    These are too cute! You always have such a unique twist on old classics!

  7. October 11, 2011 12:44 pm

    These are adorable…LOVE the paper tassles too 🙂 Thanks for the “how to”…can’t wait to see your tree at christmas! And thanks for your sweet, sweet comment! It blessed me 🙂 Chat soon, Laurel

  8. October 11, 2011 5:19 pm

    sooo cute! love me some tassles. love me some paper. it’s a win/win!

    your stuff is always so cute diane!

  9. October 12, 2011 2:47 am

    Very cool, Diane! Thanks for the tutorial. I can’t wait to see your tree!

  10. October 12, 2011 12:48 pm

    Terrific! That is such a great idea. I need to stop by more often, especially as the holidays get closer.

  11. October 18, 2011 5:06 am

    They are adorable!!!

  12. March 2, 2012 4:33 pm

    Your button tassel are so cute ! Think you for the how-to.

  13. February 18, 2013 4:44 am

    thank you for sharing!!!!
    xxx Ale

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