How to make a yarn tassel step by step (+ video demo)

It’s quick and easy to make a DIY tassel out of yarn. In fact, it only takes 5 minutes. Just watch the short video demo above, or read on for step by step instructions with photos.

What you need to make a DIY tassel

  • A little yarn
  • A small piece of card
  • A tapestry needle
  • Scissors
You need yarn, cardboard, a needle and scissors to make a tassel

How to Make a Tassel out of Yarn

Total Time: 5 minutes

  1. Cut a small piece of cardboard

    A 2.5 inch tall piece of cardboard makes a 2 inch tassel

    The card should be slightly longer than you want your tassel. I’ve used a 2.5 inch piece here for a 2 inch tassel.

  2. Wrap the yarn around the card

    Wrap the yarn around the card about 15 times. 12-15 times works well for worsted yarn, 15-20 times for dk. It depends on how full a tassel you want. Cut the yarn when you’re done.

  3. Gather yarn at one side

    Next take a long length of yarn, thread your needle and bring it through all the yarn at one side of the card, leaving a good tail. Take the needle back over the yarn and under again a couple more times. Pull both yarn ends tight to gather.

  4. Cut through yarn on the other side

    Cut through yarn ends on other side

    Now cut through all the yarn on the opposite side to make a fringe.
    Pull both yarn ends tight again at the top & knot them.

  5. Wrap yarn around near the top

    To turn your fringe into a tassel, wrap a length of yarn around it a few times, about half an inch from the top point. Pull it tight & knot the ends.

  6. Hide yarn ends & trim tassel ends

    Trim tassel ends to same length

    Thread each end with a needle & insert it up in to and then down through the tassel to hide it.
    Finally, trim across the ends so they’re all the same length for a neat finish.

Cute yarn tassels are a 5 minute make

Yarn tassels are so quick and easy to make. They’re perfect for attaching to bookmarks, as decorations or for embellishing any knitting or craft project.

If you’re brand new to knitting, here’s a free easy bookmark knitting pattern for absolute beginners which includes this yarn tassel.

I hope you found this yarn tassel tutorial easy to follow. If you have any questions, leave a comment below & I’ll try my best to help.

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