Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tassel Tutorial





I decided the Purple Passion Margo bag in the previous post needed a tassel pull on the zipper to complete the look.


I gathered up the Color Catchers I use in the washer when I wash hand-dyed fabrics.  I used these because they're some kind of synthetic fabric and they have this marvelous color but don't ravel or fray.  I also got out some largish beads, and embroidery thread.


I stacked the pressed Color Catchers and cut them into 1/8 inch strips.


I cut a 20 inch length of embroidery thread.  I folded the strips in half to mark the middle, then tied the thread around the center of the strips, leaving one side of the thread about 4 inches, and the other around 16 inches.  I didn't measure the thread ends, just eyeballed them.  Also, I used all six strands of the thread -- I did not separate them.

When I was happy that the thread was tied in the center of the strips, I tied a tight square knot.
Then I formed a loop with the shorter end of the thread.

I tightly wrapped the longer end of the thread around the strips and the shorter end of the thread.  When I got to the end, I tied a square knot with the two ends of the thread.  I had to be careful here because it's easy to  pull too tight and lose the loop.  I trimmed the ends of the embroidery thread.

Then I made a knot in the loop so it wouldn't go anywhere.  I probably should have done the knot in the loop before winding the thread, but I wanted the thread to lay flat against the top of tied strips.

I snipped the ends of the strips so they would have little points.  Using a folded wire, I added beads to some of the strips and tied a small knot at the end of each of the beaded strips.  I added a small clip through the loop at the top and attached it to the zipper pull.

I have left all of these photos large, so be sure to click on them for a closer look at any of the steps.

11 comments:

Barb said...

Thanks for the tutorial...it is wonderful.

Robbie said...

Very cool! I'm a few days behind due to playing grandma for four days!!! Can't wait to see what else you've been up to as well as others! Now I sit with margarita in hand and read blogs! Whew!!

Lynne said...

What a lovely zipper pull that makes.

Judi said...

what a great idea and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous bag!!! And the tassel makes it even better, good call

Chris Daly said...

Brilliant idea! I love it.

Marcia said...

Great tutorial! Nice photos and you can clearly see how to do each step. Thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

Some how the Purple Bag post didn't show up... for me to read until this morning... but I think I like the tassel best. I may have to look up the bag..... because it doesn't look all that big in these pics... and I don't want a huge purse either.

QuilterLaura said...

Great idea! I never thought of using the Color Catchers. Makes me sick to think of all those lovely colored pieces I just threw away. Thx so much for the tutorial, what fun.

Anonymous said...

I never heard of Color Catchers so I googled it. I came up with a dryer-type sheet by Shout that prevents colors from running. That can't be what you are talking about! Can you point me to a link or a place to buy your color catchers. Thanks. Great tute! SusanM

Karen S said...

Hey Anonymous! You're right -- those are the things I used. I buy them at the grocery store. If you want to discuss them further, click on my profile and leave me an email.