We’ve been hangin’ around with some terrific tassels. These dangling bits of color and texture are a great embellishment for all kinds of projects, from bags to cushions, jewelry to hats, and more. A Dritz® Tassel Cap makes creating them faster and easier, and gives you a strong metal top to attach the tassel to your project with a chain, split ring or clip. You’re likely familiar with the traditional floss tassel, but we wanted to push the boundaries of tassel techniques with a variety of unique fabrics and trims. There are six different styles of Dritz® Tassel Caps, so we have six different looks for you to try. But we bet you can come up with lots of other great options! Leave us a comment below with your tassel tips.
The basic steps for any of the Dritz® Tassel Caps are similar… and very easy: slice, roll, glue, screw.
The length of the slices will vary based on the look you want. The width of the roll will be determined by which tassel cap you choose and what type of fabric/trim you're using. The amount of gluing needed also depends on the fabric/trim you’re using. The set screw is the final touch that secures the finished piece.
You can choose from several different finishes: nickel, gold, gunmetal, and brushed brass. This gives you a nice variety to best match any other hardware on your project.
There are also different ways to attach the tassels. Three styles have a matching chain. Use the chain for a longer drop or remove the chain entirely and attach with the cap’s top loop. The large barrel style Tassel Cap in nickel (the one we used for our snow white fleece tassel with charms) has just the top loop. And, there is an extra large Tassel Cap with a clip (the one we used for our fringed tassel), which is a great option when you want to add a tassel to an already completed bag.
You’ll also notice that the main body of the both the barrel caps (the small gunmetal cap and the larger nickel cap) is slightly recessed. You can cut a pretty accent strip of fabric to fit this indented surface, then wrap and lightly glue it in place. Remember to test the fit and wrap prior to applying the glue.
Our thanks to Dritz® for providing all the Tassel Caps for us to play with. They are always surprising us with new products to keep sewing easier and more creative. To find out more, we invite you to visit the Dritz® website or blog; or follow them on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also check out the Dritz online PDF tutorial on the Tassel Caps
Gather your ingredients
You’ll need your Dritz® Tassel Cap along with a craft glue and a tiny Phillips head screwdriver. Depending on your choices, a fabric pen may also be helpful as will a rotary cutter or small sharp scissors.
We started with six very different fabrics and trims: faux leather, faux fur, fleece, upholstery fringe, yarn, and embroidery floss.
Faux Leather - Looped
- Cut a piece of faux leather approximately 3½” x 7” (as mentioned above, the size is really up to you). Place it wrong side up on your work surface.
- Draw guide lines ⅜” in and parallel to the 3½” sides.
- Rotate 90˚. Using a rotary cutter, slice even ⅛” strips across the rectangle, starting and stopping at your top and bottom guide lines.
- Still working on the wrong side, run a line of glue along the top edge.
- Fold the strip in half, aligning the top and bottom edges. The faux leather is now wrong sides together and the ⅛” strips are formed into loops. Hold together the top and bottom un-cut bands until the glue sets.
- Roll up the rectangle, keeping the edges flush. Insert the rolled end into the Dritz® Tassel Cap to check the size. Adjust if necessary, using a looser roll to slightly enlarge the circumference or trimming away a bit of the faux leather from one side prior to re-rolling to slightly tighten the roll.
- When you’ve confirmed your size, run a line of glue along the top edge.
- Roll up again, with the glue to the inside to help secure the roll in place.
- Clip the rolled tassel or weight with a book to allow the glue to set.
- Open the Tassel Cap package carefully, the screw(s) is loose in the package with the cap… don’t rip it open or the tiny (and we do mean tiny) screw will go flying.
- Set the screw aside.
- Fill the Tassel Cap about ¼ full with glue.
- Immediately insert the tassel into the cap, pushing it all the way in until it stops against the metal top of the cap.
- Hold the tassel in place while you allow the glue to solidify. It doesn’t have to be completely dry, but wait at least a minute or so for the best results.
- Find the tiny set screw. Insert it into the hole in the cap. Using a mini Phillips screwdriver, gently turn the screw until it stops.
NOTE: The screw is indeed tiny and rather delicate. Do not forcefully turn it or you could strip the screw. If you have trouble handling the screwdriver, Dritz® suggests using pair of pliers to initially hold the screw and get it started. Once it’s more secure, you can finish with the screwdriver.
- When done, the screw will sit almost… but not quite flush with the cap.
- Carefully clean off any residual glue.
NOTE: If you like the look of a faux leather tassel, you might also like the we made for our Weekender Duffle.
- The look of this tassel reminded us of old-school rabbit foot charms, but without the rabbit!! No animals were harmed to make this pretty tassel.
- The steps are similar to the faux leather tassel above, and really for any rolled tassel.
- Cut the main rectangle. Ours was about 3” x 5”. As you did above, roll it up and test that the rolled fabric will fit snuggly into the Tassel Cap.
- You need just one ⅜” “stop line” across the top edge.
- Remember that faux fur should be cut from the back, using small sharp scissors. You are cutting just through the backing without damaging the nap of the fur.
- Your strips should be a bit wider than those cut for the faux leather tassel, and it’s not quite as critical that they all be as perfectly even since the backing will be hidden within the nap of the fur.
NOTE: If you’re new to cutting faux fur, check out our full Sewing with Faux Fur tutorial.
- Run a line of glue along the top un-cut edge.
- Tightly roll up and hold for several minutes to allow the glue to set. Faux fur is bulky and doesn’t always want to cooperate. Be patient and firm, holding the rolled tassel until it dries.
- Follow the same steps as above to add glue to cap and insert the tassel.
- The “hold firmly in place” rule is also important after inserting the tassel into the cap.
- Set the screw and your fluffy fur tassel is good to go.
Upholstery Fringed Trim
- Much of the work is already done for you with this trim option. The fringe is cut to length and finished, and there’s already a top insertion border.
- Just add a line of glue along the top and roll it up.
- Fill up the cap about ¼ full with glue as done with previous tassels.
- We used the largest of the Dritz® Tassel Caps for this trim. It has two set screws to hold the tassel in place. Insert the bottom one first and then the top.
Fleece with Decorative Charms
- The last of our rolled tassels was made with soft Cuddle fleece. As with the faux fur, you only need a top stop line and should then cut even slices from this line to the bottom of your rectangle. Our starting rectangle was about 3” x 4” – yours may vary based on the plushness of the fleece. As always, roll and test the fit in the cap before you do any cutting or glueing.
- Add the line of glue along the top on the wrong side.
- Tightly roll up.
- When the glue has dried, stitch your charms in place. You can use beads, tiny feathers, purchased charm sets (ours is a Tim Holtz charm pack) or even a loose earring or small pendant.
- Insert into the glue-filled Tassel Cap and set the screw.
Classic Yarn Tassel
- Your options for yarn are HUGE. We went with a multi-color chenille style yarn with bits of metallic fiber woven through. Because our yarn was thicker and bouncier, we wanted a long, full finish. Cut a cardboard template to your desired length and wrap the yarn around and around.
- Tie off the top and test that it fits into the Tassel Cap.
- Adjust as necessary (winding more yarn or unwinding), then cut the bottom free.
- Wrap an additional single length of yarn around the top to create the tassel head, trimming the neck ties and top ties close.
- Follow the same steps to insert the yarn tassel into the cap.
NOTE: If you are brand new to making a basic tassel from yarn or floss, take a look at our Tassel Tutorial for tips on measuring, wrapping, and tying.
Embroidery Floss Three Tier Tassel
- Following the steps above (or first reviewing our Tassel Tutorial) create three embroidery floss tassels in three different colors.
NOTE: We found an eyebrow comb was the perfect size to comb out our tiers o’ floss tassels.
- Thread the top ties of the bottom tassel through a large needle.
- Insert the needle through the head of the middle tassel from bottom to top.
- Pull the two bottom tassels tightly together then feed the needle through the top tassel in the same manner.
- Pull all three tassels tight so they form a continuous three layer tier.
- Remove the needle and securely knot together the main thread you’ve been using in the needle with the head threads of the top tassel.
- Trim the threads close and insert the top tassel into the Tassel Cap.
NOTE: If you love the look of this tassel, you’ll also like how we used it on our Crossbody Zippered Pouch.
We received compensation from Dritz® for this project, and some of the materials featured here or used in this project were provided free of charge by Dritz®. All opinions are our own.