How to Make Tassels on Scarves

Updated April 17, 2017

Tassels add a fun touch to any scarf. They can be fluffy and cheerful, or long and elegant, depending on the look you desire. While tassels may look complicated to make, they are actually quite simple, and can be created within minutes, using only a few crafting tools. Consider attaching one large tassel or multiple smaller ones to each end of your scarf, to create a look that is uniquely yours.

Determine the length you want your tassel to be. Cut the piece of cardboard to that height plus 1 inch. The example size, 6 inches by 5 inches, would result in a tassel of 4 inches long.

Wrap the yarn around the shorter edge of the cardboard without stretching the yarn. Continue to wrap from one end of the cardboard to the other. Cut the end of the yarn about 1 inch longer than the edge of the cardboard, to account for the rebounding of the cut end of the yarn.

Cut a separate piece of yarn approximately 12 inches long. Thread one end through the yarn needle and slip this between the yarn loops and the cardboard, near the edge of the cardboard. Pull this yarn until the two ends are of even length, one on each side of the looped yarn.

Cut the loops of yarn carefully along the long edge of the cardboard. Remove the cardboard and carefully tie a knot around the cut tassel pieces using the 12-inch piece of yarn and pulling tightly to contain all of the tassel pieces securely.

Create the tassel shape by smoothing the cut tassel pieces down together, keeping the 12 inch yarn ends outside the tassel.

Cut a 10-inch piece of yarn, and tie this yarn tightly around all of the cut tassel pieces, 1 inch from the top of the tassel. Using the yarn needle, pull the 10-inch piece yarn ends into the centre of the tassel, so that the knot is hidden.

Trim the bottom of the tassel so that all yarn pieces are even.

Attach the tassel to the scarf with the 12-inch yarn piece ends, using the yarn needle to thread the end pieces into the stitches of the scarf.


Consider putting a bead on the 12-inch yarn piece ends before attaching the tassel to the scarf to add a bit of sparkle.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Piece of cardboard, 6 inches by 5 inches
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Scarf
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Kelli Nottingham has been a freelance writer for more than five years, with published works on topics ranging from international travel to home decor DIY projects. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Colorado, Nottingham holds degrees in anthropology of religion, with a focus on religious ritual. She is also a recognized professional speaker with national experience.