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DIY Tassel Ottoman

by Francesca Stone

DIY Tassel Ottoman
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.

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  • *Embroidery thread (one loop makes one tassel)
  • E6000 glue
  • Scissors
  • 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.

DIY Tassel Ottoman


  1. Lay out a skein of embroidery thread as straight as possible.
  2. Cut a piece of thread that is one length and cut another that is two lengths.
  3. Take the shortest piece and double knot it around the center of the skein.
  4. Fold the skein in half.
  5. Take the longer piece of thread and loop it around the upper part of the folded skein.
  6. Pull the thread taut and wrap around the folded skein in opposite directions.
  7. Double knot the ends after wrapping around the skein, and cut off excess thread.
  8. Cut off the looped bottoms, and the excess thread at the top, but do not cut the knot.

DIY Tassel Ottoman

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.

final result

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  • I also think this is pretty cute. I agree with Katrina, I think it could use a slightly more secure base, if you are going to take the time to hand make tassels, what’s a couple more hours of sewing? If you attach these first to a pink grosgrain ribbon, than attach the ribbon to the ottoman by stitching by hand, you can guarantee a really straight line, you won’t have to deal with sitting on glue, if you decide to sit on it. Over time or with UV exposure glue can become brittle, hard or yellow. But a really cute idea, a great way to take something plain and add some funk to it.

  • Not following the budgeting logic on this one. Its cute (though I totally agree on the anchoring them on ribbon) but even low quality embroidery thread is about $2.00/skein, making this ottoman (based on a visual count of the photo, 27 tassels per side) $216 for thread alone. What’s your hookup for keeping this under $100?

  • Ellietown, DMC embroidery thread is 39 cents per skein, and I’ve never seen it for much more. So I think your cost analysis might be based on faulty info. But if you want to be even more thrifty, you can get two or three tassels out of one skein. I made three tassels from each skein for this project , and they were perfect. You could definitely do a version of this project for about $20 or less (not including the ottoman).

    I have to agree with the above comments about sewing on the tassels, though I’d just sew them directly to the upholstery. Do it while you’re watching your favorite tv show, and it won’t even feel like work. :-)

  • I knew there had to be a catch! In Canada, even Michaels charges at least $1.90 (before tax) per skein. Note to self: hit up craft store on next US trip, thanks for the tip!

  • How about using wool oddments, attached to the ribbon as mentioned. This could be changed with difference colours with the seasons!

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