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Rassel Tassel

I am a fan of a well-place tassel. No, not that kind (ladies, please)! If there is a tassel to be found on an accessory, I will likely purchase said item.

 via Hammers and High Heels

via Hammers and High Heels

Tassels in home decor can very easily take themselves too seriously. They get awfully stuffy and pretentious. However, as Jonathan Adler said, "I believe tassels are the earrings of the home," and who am I to question the master? I love the way they are used here in a chic, modern way. I'll be making some soon in embroidery floss to go on a drawer or lamp or necklace.

 via Hammers and High Heels

via Hammers and High Heels

Today you have caught me in the midst of party prep. I am making tassels to dress up a lowly gift bag. You've seen these babies before in my Merry Christmas Wrapping post, but they needed their own spotlight. 

 The glorious tassels in all their tasseliness!

The glorious tassels in all their tasseliness!

 Step 1: Wrap yarn around a 4 inch piece of cardboard about 20 times. (Warning: Cats will appear out of nowhere)

Step 1: Wrap yarn around a 4 inch piece of cardboard about 20 times. (Warning: Cats will appear out of nowhere)

 Step 2: Slide a 10 inch piece of yarn under yarn and tie a knot at top.

Step 2: Slide a 10 inch piece of yarn under yarn and tie a knot at top.

 Step 3: Cut yarn at bottom, trimming any unruly fellows.

Step 3: Cut yarn at bottom, trimming any unruly fellows.

 Step 4: Tie yarn snuggly together about 1/2 inch from top of tassel. Done!

Step 4: Tie yarn snuggly together about 1/2 inch from top of tassel. Done!

 Optional: Drive kittens crazy.

Optional: Drive kittens crazy.

 From our Christmas Wrapping post, here Danny adorns her gift bag with a tassel which, she said, learning how to make, was life changing. Life changing!

From our Christmas Wrapping post, here Danny adorns her gift bag with a tassel which, she said, learning how to make, was life changing. Life changing!