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.
There are a couple of things I would do differently next time. I’ll point those out as we go along.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Fluff and trim the ends as needed.
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?