How to Make a Tassel: Two Ways

Tassels are a great addition to just about any crochet or knitting project. We’ve used them to embellish hats, scarves, bags, shawls….you name it. But what is the best way to make a tassel? The last thing you want is for it to fall apart. No matter how you make the tassel, the steps are pretty much the same. You need something to work as a “frame” that’s roughly the size you want the tassel to be to wrap the yarn around.

There are two ways to make a tassel

In the first option, the “frame” is some object you find around the house like a book, notepad, DVD case or even a crochet hook case. Since this option requires objects you already have at your house, anyone can make a tassel this way. But if you like buying crafting gadgets, you might find it more fun to make a tassel with the next option.

The second option uses a tassel maker as the “frame” to wrap the yarn around and although these gadgets make it a tad more convenient, they look pretty much the same whether you made them with or without a fancy tassel maker. We love options around here so we’ll show you both methods in the tutorials below.

How to Make a Tassel with a Tassel Maker

A tassel maker definitely brings the convenience factor to making a tassel. It’s essentially an adjustable frame you can change to just about any size you want (and you don’t have to root around the house for an object you can wrap yarn around). Overall, they’re pretty affordable and easy to find on Amazon or at your local craft store.

Let’s see how it’s done.

How to Make a Tassel Without a Tassel Maker

In the absence of a tassel maker, we need to get a little creative to find a “frame” to hold the yarn as we make the tassel. Post-It notes work as well as a scrap piece of an old Amazon box, coasters and even a crochet hook case, which I’ll be using in the tutorial.

The idea is to have something rigid to wrap your yarn around so your tassel is uniform. The height of your “structure” is how long your tassel will be. Once you have this piece of the puzzle, making a tassel by hand is really quite simple.

Let’s have a look.

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