DIY Tassels

As part of our Outlaws at Home online market, we are sharing a few crafty guides to keep you making and feeling creative, while supporting our 2020 makers.

86 & Norman shares with us how to use scraps of fabrics to make a tassels that can be used for creating a necklace, keychain or string a few together for festive flair. 

Supplies needed:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Scrap Fabric, old t-shirts work great
  • Keychain Ring 
  • Jute, Yarn or Leather Chord


Cut 14 inch long x 1/4 inch thin strips of fabric. Fabric doesn’t have to ¼ inch exactly. Cut as thick or thin as you would like. Start with 15-20 strips. Feel free to mix and match fabrics. 

Take a key ring and pull the strips of fabric through the hole. Fold the fabric in half and arrange so the print side of the fabric strips is showing. If the fabric is double sided, no need to worry about arranging to show the print side. Each strip doesn’t have to be exact in half around the key ring. A little variation in length gives the necklace a little character . 

If you want a fuller necklace, cut more strips. If you want a shorter necklace, cut the strips.

Cut a piece of thread and wrap around the very top of the fabric that’s now looped in half on the key ring. You’ll want to cut a long enough piece so you can wrap around about 10 times and then tie and a few knots. If you cut it too short. Don’t worry you cut more thread and wrap around again. 

You should now have your fabric folded around your key ring and secured with thread near the top. Now gently rake your finger through your stripes to fluff out your necklace. Don’t rake too much though so you don’t overly fray or fabric (unless you want too). You can also shake it out. 

To make a keychain: Simply attach your keys to the keyrings.

To make a necklace: Now cut a piece of suede cording the length that you want your necklace. A 30 inch piece will have your necklace hang a little below your belly button. Loop the cord through the keyring and tie a couple knots at the open end of the cord.

To make a hanging background: Make multiple tassels and string them together using a long piece of string, ribbon our rope. Measure the rope at 6 or 8 feet, depends on how many tassels you create, measuring and spacing them out and attaching them securely.

Published by Megan Green

Megan Green is creative minded entrepreneur with a passion for supporting other creatives based in Columbus, Ohio. She's the Executive Director behind Midwest Craft Con and Craftin' Outlaws. She's also the founder of Stinkybomb Soap, a novelty soap business.

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