Tassels can be a cosy embellishment for a simple blanket. Though tassels may have no direct function, they can change the appearance and style of a blanket. Any type of string or yarn can be used in making tassels; silk and other natural fibres are popular for their tactile appeal. A blanket with tasselled edges, draped across the back of a sofa, can add a creative touch to any room.
Determine the tassels' size, including width, length, fullness and how far apart they will be spaced on the blanket. Some blankets have one large tassel at each corner, and others have lines of smaller tassels running down each side.
Cut a piece of cardboard to the desired length of tassel. Lay one short piece of yarn across the middle of the cardboard. This piece is the cord that connects the tassel to the blanket.
Wrap yarn firmly around the cardboard vertically to the desired thickness. The tassel is formed around the horizontal yarn strand, so the thickness of the vertical yarn will double when tassel is formed.
Tie the short piece of yarn tightly around the vertical bunch with knot facing you. Slide scissors between cardboard and vertical yarn on the opposite side and cut the untied yarn.
Hold the knotted string and gather tassel together. Create the head, or top, of tassel by tying a second short string around the bunch 1/4 or 1/5 of the way down tassel. Hide the ends of the thread inside the tassels by tucking each end inside with a tapestry needle.
Repeat process to make all tassels. Lay out the blanket and position tassels around blanket. Mark the positions of tassels on fabric with white chalk.
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Use tapestry needle to sew tassels onto blanket at marked positions, making sure the stitches are solid and knotting the thread after each tassel at the underside of blanket.
- Thicker yarns like chenille or raffia create a thicker and bulkier tassel. Silk, rayon, cotton and various kinds of embroidery thread are thinner and lighter. Some threads and yarn unravel more easily than others. Check with the salesperson to see if yarn or thread is stable and tightly woven.
- If your tassels come out uneven, use scissors to trim the ends.
- Fleece blankets can also be used to make simple tassels by cutting the edges into even strips and knotting several strands together at the top.