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How to Make Tassels

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I just love a good tassel, y'all. If you've ever wondered how to make tassels yourself, I've got the easiest method for you below. I think chunky yarn tassels are the cutest and doing it yourself means you can customize to your heart's desire. Check out this tutorial for how to make tassels below.

How to Make Tassels

If you're reading this, there's a chance you may have made a tassel with a cardboard template. The cardboard templates are good for about one or two uses, then they bend and have to be replaced. Sometimes cutting cardboard pieces for endless tassel-making can get old (because, I'm all about endless tassel-making, y'all). Check out how easy this fun method for how to make tassels is below.

How to Make Tassels

The gadget I am using in this tutorial for how to make tassels is from Pattie Wack Designs. I'm honestly not one to purchase this sort of thing (I'm kind of frugal in this department...I mean, I make my yarn pom poms with kitchen forks, y'all). But, the endless cardboard needed to make a good supply of tassels can be annoying (plus...cutting cardboard. BLERGH). I stepped out of my frugality and splurged on this Pattie Wack Tassel Maker. And to be totally up front, this isn't even a sponsored post...I just really like using this thing (the only change I would make is adding measurements to it).

Tassel Maker

Tassel-Making Supplies:

Below, I have a complete, step-by-step photo tutorial with loads of details covering how to make tassels. However, be sure to watch my video, as well, to get an even better understanding. Before you know it, you'll be whipping out dozens of these cuties.

Video: How to Make Tassels

Photo Tutorial: How to Make Tassels

Pattiewack Tassel Maker

Making Your Tassels

Each "stair step" on the tassel maker represents a tassel length. I like a 5" tassel.
  • Start by laying down the yarn on the tassel maker, going right on top of the slit (make a bridge!) with the cut end of the yarn going in the direction of the stair side of the tassel maker (as pictured above). 
Pattiewack Designs Tassel Makers

  • Just start winding the yarn around and around the short side of the tassel maker (as pictured above).
Tassel Makers
  • Keep winding until you reach your desired thickness for your tassel.
Plastic Tassel Makers
  • Snip the end of your yarn and lay the tassel maker down.
  • Cut another piece of yarn about 10" long.
Pattiewack Tassels
  • Slip the new piece of yarn under the entire tassel (be sure to catch all of the yarn).
Yarn Tassels
  • Work the yarn all the way to the edge and tie a knot (this is the top of the tassel).
Yarn Tassel Tutorial

  • Keep these strings separate, as you will use them to hang your tassel once it's complete.
How to Make a Yarn Tassel

  • Cut off an additional piece of yarn, about another 10" in length.

Tassel Craft

  • Slip this piece of yarn into the slit and around the entire tassel (underneath it), and back up through the other side of the slit, on the opposite side of the tassel (see below).

Making Tassels with Yarn

  • Once this piece is in place, simple tie a knot (tightly).

Using a Tassel Maker

Using a Pattiewack Tassel Maker
  • You can lay the pieces of this yarn into the rest of the tassel.
The Easiest Way to Make a Tassel
  • Slide the tassel off the tassel maker, toward the smaller end of the maker.

Pattiewack Tassels

Yarn Tassel Tutorial
  • Slip your scissors through the tassel and cut the ends a part.

Tassel Craft Ideas
  • Give the tassel a trim to even out the lengths.

Yarn Crafts
And there you have it: one completed tassel. From here, the possibilities are endless. I love attaching these to gifts as a little extra bit of embellishment. I also have several projects and printables here on the blog that these work beautifully with, listed below.

Projects with Tassels:

Caron Cakes Yarn
Oh, and you know I just had to get the aqua version of the Caron Cake, too. Because...aqua. (Grab yourself one here on Amazon.)

Happy Tasseling, Y'all!


  1. I love these tassles! Thank you!

    1. Hi Diane! I'm so glad you like these! Thank you bunches for stopping by! <3

  2. Loving these tassel instructions for a homemade graduation we are doing! Thank you Kristi!!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachelle! Hope the festivities are fun! xoxo