How to Make a Tassel: An Easy Bag Making Tutorial7/14/2016 05:10:00 PM
Let's make some gorgeous & professional looking hanging tassels to match all of your handmade bags and purses! They are quick and easy, and a very trendy fresh look for your next project, or even some older bags that need a little charm. Can't get enough of these!
So let's get our stuff and get started!We've got the hardware, tassel cap hooks, in either a nickel or gold finish, and you've got the perfect leather or vinyl and the necessary supplies. Well… maybe you need an excuse to go shopping. Ahem, you need to go buy supplies.
- 1 piece of leather or vinyl 3 1/2" wide (wider for very thin leather) x 3" high (or longer for a longer tassel)
- 1 strip of leather or vinyl 3/8" wide x 2 1/8" long for the trim on the cap
- 1 mini screw driver
- 1 AWL to puncture fabric (found in any sewing store)
- glue: Rubber Cement or Contact Cement (Elmer's Rubber cement, Barge's Contact or Rubber, or your hardware store Contact Cement)
- hardware: 1 tassel cap with screw from Emmalinebags.com
- scissors to cut leather or vinyl
Cut the fringe by cutting slits about 1/8" apart, leaving 1/2" across the top uncut. That's kind of important or you will just have about 22 little strips of leather. I just did them freehand, but if you feel better drawing them, go ahead. Those little strips break off easily, so be careful!
I put some glue inside the cap too, and pushed the tassel straight into place.
Now you could leave it just as it is if you don't want the trim on the cap, but if you do, follow the next step.
Try the leather strip for fit. It should overlap the end by about 1/4". Leather doesn't stick well to metal, but you can have more success sticking leather to leather, so that is why you need the overlap. Follow the directions on the contact cement or rubber cement packaging, and glue the overlapping bit down. When they say let it dry before you stick, they really mean it.
I hope you like your hanging tassels as much as I do, but maybe not as much as my husband does. It took him about 1 minute to figure out that it's quite fun to clip 2 to the front of his T-shirt and try to make them swing around in circles, if you know what I mean. And yes, I got it on video!
Thanks for reading!