This week I thought it would be fun to kick it back to a tutorial. Madison's birthday is creeping right up on me, and I honestly have no idea how to decorate or what I want to do for her party, but when Boye Yarn Company reached out and asked if I'd like to try out one of their new Pom Pom & Tassel Maker Sets, I instantly was like, "Oh my gosh how cute would tassel garlands be for my baby girls first birthday party?!" so of course I said yes. So if you're like I was and have never made a tassel before but have always wanted to, here's a fun and easy little step by step photo tutorial!
HOW TO MAKE A TASSEL GARLAND
Step 1: Cut a long strand of yarn and then find the notches at the top of your tassel maker. Wedge your strand of yarn into the notches on each side.
Helpful hint: If your yarn is too thick for the notches and it won't stay in place, you can always take the ends of your yarn and tie them in a little bow on the back and kind of to the side. Just make sure it's something you can easily undo later. I struggled with this a bit at first and this fixed the problem for me while I was getting used to the tool. When it comes to the step where you need this strand, just untie the bow and slide the strand of yarn back through to the side it belongs.
Step 2: Grab your strand of yarn that's attached to the skein. Then simply begin to wrap your yarn around the tassel maker tool from top to bottom.
Helpful hint: I wanted as long of tassels as possible so I wrapped my yarn around the entire length of the tool, but there are handy little flaps that fold over and snap in place so you can make any size tassel your heart desires. You can even use embroidery floss, but I'm a chunky yarn kind of gal so I stuck with the largest size possible.
I wrapped my yarn around twenty times. Go ahead and cut the strand of yarn attached to the skein after you've wrapped around as many times as you'd like.
Step 3: Pull the strand of yarn from the first step out of the notches. Then use those strands to tie a tight and secure double knot around the top.
Helpful hint: In Boye's instruction book, they leave these strands at the top loose so you can use them to tie or hang your tassel off of something. But since I'm making a garland, I wanted those strands tucked in with the rest so I just laid them down flat with the rest of the yarn to become part of the rest of the tassel.
Step 4: Grab the strand of yarn that's attached to the skein and you'll notice a large slit through the top right side of the maker. Slide your yarn into the slit, around behind the strands of yarn you just wrapped, then push your strand through the little opening on the left side to the front, then back over the top and back through the slit.
Helpful hint: I usually wrap it twice and then give it a single knot that is tight enough to hold the yarn together but not so tight that you can't easily undo it in a little bit. You'll see why in a second.
Step 5: Begin to slide your yarn off the bottom of the tassel maker and cut through the bottom loops of the wrapped yarn. Go ahead and snip through the strand of yarn that's still attached to the skein too.
Step 6: Now you're ready to slide the top part off of the tassel maker. Go slow and be careful to not lose the double strand of yarn that's wrapped around the top.
And it might just totally be my own personal taste, but I feel like the loops around the top of the tassel are waaaay too close to the top. This might look better with smaller tassels or embroidery floss, but with chunky yarn and big tassels, I think we gotta make that bump at the top more proportionate. So all I do is grab the top of the tassel securely and slide that loop down an inch or so.
Soooo much better.
Along with the chunky look I'm going for, I wanted to have the loops around the top of the tassel to be more bulky. So I found the original strands that had been looped around twice and loosely knotted, and I simply wrapped those strands around a few more times, totaling my number of loops around the top around five or six. Then I gave those strands a tight and secure double knot.
Step 7: Now it's time to give your tassel a little hair cut! Simply snip away at any strands that dangle farther than the majority.
Step 8: Find the strands you wrapped and double knotted around the top and then, grab your crochet hook and slide it up through the loops. Use your hook to grab at the strands and slide it down through underneath the loops, tucking the knot behind the loops.
Helpful hint: This step is completely optional and is only needed if you'd like to hide that double knot you made around the top of the tassel.
And that's it my friends! You've officially made a tassel! So easy and quick and fun!
And for one last helpful hint, if you're struggling with really wavy strands of yarn (like when you're starting a new skein of yarn), I went ahead and got my tassels really wet with water from the kitchen sink, gave them a little brush with my fingers, straightened them out the best I could and then laid them to dry on a towl.
Below you'll see the yarn that I got wet on the left and the tassel made freshly from the tutorial on the right.
So much better, right?!
Then all I did to make a garland out of these guys is I used a darning needle with the same yarn I used to make the tassels and threaded the yarn through the top center of each of the tassels and that's seriously it! And I'm obsessed! Looove how these turned out, and I'm on a total tassel making fever right now.
If you'd like to use the exact same tools and yarn I used in this tutorial, here's you a helpful little shopping guide:
And that's it you guys! Now you can go out and make your own pretty tassel garlands. Be sure to tag me on instagram (@darlingbebrave or #darlingbebrave) because I'd love to see how your tassel garlands turn out!
I've got one more little tutorial in the works for how to use the Boye Pom Pom maker portion of this kit so check back soon. Take care lovelies!