How to Add Tassels to a Scarf

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How to Add Tassels to a Scarf
A couple of fancy tassels will update the look of your favourite scarf. (orange brush image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

A popular "green" trend in clothing is "refashioning". This involves taking a used garment or fashion accessory and modifying it to update it's look. Instead of throwing out or donating clothing that you don't wear anymore, you can alter the hemline, change it's profile, add decorative details, or turn it into a completely different type of garment. With basic hand-sewing skills, you can turn an old winter scarf into a chic fashion accessory by adding a tassel (or several) to the ends of the scarf. The result will be an eye-catching dynamic winter accessory.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scarf
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Chalk pencil
  • Tassels
  • Crochet hook, size D
  • Large sewing needle
  • Heavy-duty thread (same colour as scarf)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch your scarf on a piece of paper. Draw a few variations of the scarf with tassels. You may decide to put a single big, fat tassel on each end, or go for a fringed look with several small tassels.

  2. 2

    Choose colours of tassels that will match or complement the colour(s) of your scarf. They can all be the same colour, or for a brighter, funkier look, choose tassels of different colours. Another option is to choose tassels with the same colour, but a different texture than the scarf. A dull, flat, knitted black wool scarf will come to life with the addition of ornamental satiny black tassels.

  3. 3

    Trim off any existing fringe from the ends of the scarf. To attach several small tassels to the scarf, measure the width of the scarf, then divide the width by the number of tassels you want to apply on one end, minus 1. This will tell you how far apart you need to position the tassels for even spacing. Mark the tassel positions, with a chalk pencil, 1/2 inch from the end of the scarf.

  4. 4

    Poke the crochet hook through the mark. Pick up the yarn loop on the head-end of the tassel and pull it through the hole until it is stopped by the head of the tassel. Feed the tassel through the loop, then pull the tassel to form a snug knot. Repeat to attach remaining tassels.

  5. 5

    Thread the needle with heavy-duty thread, about 30 inches long to prepare to attach one large tassel to the end of the scarf. Double the thread over and tie the ends together. On one corner of the scarf, sew four or five stitches in the same place to firmly secure the thread. Sew, with a basting stitch across the end of the scarf, 1/2 inch from the end. When you reach the other side, pull the thread to evenly gather the end of the scarf. With the scarf gathered, sew four or five stitches in the same place to firmly secure the thread.

  6. 6

    Poke the crochet hook through the centre of the gathered end of the scarf, just above the stitch line. Pick up the yarn loop on the head-end of the tassel and pull it through the hole until it is stopped by the head of the tassel. Feed the tassel through the loop, then pull the tassel to form a snug knot. Repeat to add a single large tassel on the other end of your scarf.

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