I firmly believe that tassels are like the truffle salt of the design world. You can put them on anything and BAM, a transformation occurs! I just moved into my first apartment, and I’m quickly discovering just how expensive decorating can get. My latest shock came when I was trying to find an ottoman or foot pouf that was stylish and under $100. Unable to find anything I was in love with, it was clear that DIYing a solution was the way to go. I particularly love this project because it is so easily customizable to your space’s color palette, since embroidery thread comes in every color imaginable. Plus it’s really satisfying to have something in your home that you really love and know you made yourself. —
Monique Bartley is a Los Angeles native living in New York City and pursuing her undergraduate degree at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her blog sparked her obsession with crafting, food and style. Previously she has worked for HGTV and BuzzFeed.
- *Embroidery thread (one loop makes one tassel)
- E6000 glue
- A plain ottoman or foot pouf (I purchased mine from Joss & Main, but I’ve also seen some great ones at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx).
*I used approximately 17 tassels for every foot of length I covered.
At first you may feel a bit clumsy making the tassels, but you’ll get into a good rhythm after you make your first few.
- Lay out a skein of embroidery thread as straight as possible.
- Cut a piece of thread that is one length and cut another that is two lengths.
- Take the shortest piece and double knot it around the center of the skein.
- Fold the skein in half.
- Take the longer piece of thread and loop it around the upper part of the folded skein.
- Pull the thread taut and wrap around the folded skein in opposite directions.
- Double knot the ends after wrapping around the skein, and cut off excess thread.
- Cut off the looped bottoms, and the excess thread at the top, but do not cut the knot.
Once you have made all your tassels, place a dollop of glue on the rounded top of each one and adhere it to your pouf. Allow to dry overnight, then kick up your feet and enjoy the results of your work.