DIY Tassels Using Fabric Scraps and Bottle Caps

Howdy, doodlers! Did you have a good weekend? We had a great time with our friends Jerry and Sherry who came for the weekend. We haven’t seen them in a few years, so it was nice to catch up. Needless to say, I didn’t do much in the diy department, unless you count stuffing my face making chili. So, I thought I’d show you a quick little project that I learned to do at our ladies’ get together at church last week: creating tassels from fabric scraps and bottle caps.

 

DIY Fabric Tassel | PlumDoodles.com

 

There are a couple of things I would do differently next time. I’ll point those out as we go along.

Materials:

Strips of fabric and ribbon, 1/2 inch wide, 20 inches long, 32 strips total. I would use more strips next time for a fuller look. 

1 strip fabric about 30 inches long

1 plastic cap from a water bottle

Cording or ribbon to cover the bottle cap (optional)

 

DIY Tassel fabric strips | PlumDoodles.com

 

Assemble:

Stack  your fabrics and ribbon. I alternated, but you can be free and easy with the layout. Just make sure the ends are somewhat lined up. Set aside.

Cut a hole in the center of the bottle cap. I used a screw to make a hole, then scissors to clip notches around the hole. You could also use a drill.

 

DIY Tassel top from bottle cap | PlumDoodles.com

 

Fold the 30 inch fabric strip in half and knot about 3 or 4 inches down. This knot isn’t absolutely necessary since the tassel is kept in place with hot glue. You’ll notice from the picture that I didn’t cut this strip long enough, so after  tying it around the other strips, I ended up with fabric stubs that I had to hide. Make sure you cut it at least 30 inches long so it will blend with the other strips.

Push the two ends through the top of the bottle cap.

 

DIY Tassel- bottle cap top | PlumDoodles.com

 

Knot the ends around the center of your stack of fabric strips and ribbon. Twist and arrange the strips until you’re satisfied with the look. Glue into place on the underneath side of the bottle cap. Optional: glue ribbon or cording to the cap to cover.

 

DIY Tassel- covered bottle cap | PlumDoodles.com

 

Fluff and trim the ends as needed.

 

DIY Tassel from Fabric Strips Bottle Caps | PlumDoodles.com

 

DIY Fabric Tassels Using Bottle Caps and Fabric Scraps | PlumDoodles.com

 

The look can vary greatly depending on materials used. Try varying the widths of fabric and ribbon; add yarns with various textures and sheen.  Personalize with your own bling- old jewelry pieces, buttons, etc.

Have you ever made your own tassels? What materials did you use?

Doodles,

SheilaG

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Comments

  1. Very pretty, Sheila! I love the fabrics and ribbon you used, too. Such a great project for those little pieces of fabric I always seem to keep {for some reason}.

  2. I love this idea, Sheila! It’s so pretty! What a great re-purpose of fabric scraps! Your tassel is awesome!
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  3. That is really cool, clever thing! Pinning this.
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  4. I have a ton of bottlecaps I’ve been saving for a project just like this!
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  5. Such a cute idea, Sheila! And basically free to those of us who hoard fabric! :)
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  6. Love this idea for making personalized tassels! Repinning.

  7. love this! featuring you tonight!
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  8. This is just so cool! I love it!

  9. I also make fabric tassels, I call them “The New Bow” for gifts. One thing I do is bond the same fabric or a contrasting fabric back to back with right sides out using Stitch Witchery. I do this to cut down on loose weave fabric raveling and I can use light weight fabrics to make tassels.

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  1. [...] Same for the drop cloth fabric strip, just cut a little narrower, but I glued the first end to the paper to hold everything together. This scrap was left over from when I was making tassels from fabric strips and bottle caps. [...]

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