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How to Make Tassels

Easy Tassels DIY with Fabric

Cloth tassels are such a fun embellishment, and I am very excited to show you how to make tassels. I have never seen this style of tassel before, and the tassels are so easy to do and better yet free to make using leftover fabric.

In today’s post I am using these tassels on envelope cushions, but I think they would make great bookmarks or gift embellishments as well.

Supplies for Making Cloth Tassels

Heavy woven fabric scraps

Hot glue

Buttons, twine, small embellishments (optional)

Large needle or Cricut pick (optional

How to Make Cloth Tassels Using Fabric

Cut your fabric so that at least one end of the fabric has an open unseamed end. My scrap fabric was 18 by 7 inches, and I cut it in half to make two tassels. So each one is 9″ wide and 7″ high, making for large dramatic tassels.

Step One – Remove Woven Fabric Threads

Fabric is made up of woven thread going both ways. To make the tassels begin by pulling out the cross threads and place aside. You can do this by pulling out each thread with your nails, or you can use a cricut pick of needle. It’s very easy to do, and only takes a couple of minutes per tassel. The picture shows you which threads you need to pull out.

Removing thread from a piece of fabric in order to leave long tassels.

Repeat removing the cross threads until your tassels are as long as you like.

Step Two – Seaming the Top and One End

Fold, iron, and zig-zag stitch to make a very thin hem along the top edge and one side edge of your fabric. Alternatively, you can iron, fold a tiny seam, and seal it closed with hot glue. Both methods work well.

A close up of the top edge of a tassle diy. There is an arrow pointing to a narrow zig zag stitch thats been sewn along the top to seal in place.

Step Three – Make a Fabric Tassels Hanger

Make a tassel hanger with some of the discarded thread. Twist three pieces of the discarded thread together. Fold in half and tie a knot in one end.

Wrapping thread together to make a long hanger for a cloth tassel diy.

Step Four – Roll the Fabric Tassel Together

Starting at the unsealed end, place a dab of hot glue, and place the knot of the tassel hanger into the glue so it will be in the middle of your tassel.

Roll up the tassel fabric a bit at a time gluing it in place occasionally.

Rolling up a piece of fabric from one end to form tassels. Cloth tassels made by removing the weaving and rolling.

When you reach the end of your fabric (hemmed end) finish it with glue and hold it in place to cool.

Step Five Embellish Your DIY Fabric Tassel

You can embellish your tassel if you like, using twine, buttons, tiny wood embellishments, very small paper flowers, etc.

I made and used my tassels to embellish cushion covers that I made using the same fabric.

A long cream and black cloth tassel with a black button, hanging from the front of a matching pillow.

How to Make Tassels Video

If you want to watch me put my tassels together, I have created a really simple video tutorial for you. It’s about five minutes long from start to finish and shows how quickly these tassels are to make.

These tassels are unique, I have not seen anything like them online yet. I love that they can be made with matching fabric on home decor projects. I haven’t made any for Christmas gift giving yet, but I certainly want to give it a try.

The quality of the video is not where I want it yet, but I am learning how to create them and they are helpful if you need a little extra directions.

A closeup of a tassel laying against the front of a cushion cover. Its a matching tassel thats both long and dramatic in dream and black.

Here is the tutorial for the matching envelope cushions, made using the same fabric.

Let me know if you have seen any tassels similar to these ones. I am excited to have this post done and now I am on to writing Fall crafts, and some simple Halloween DIYs.


  1. I loooooove how elegant and classy this is. It looks like something you would find in a high-end store.

    P.S. I struggle with videos too, but you did a great job

    1. Thank you Michelle I really like how they turned out. I wanted to make something that matched the fabric and this new method works. I love when that happens!

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