How to Make Tassels for Bookmarks


A homemade tassel is a nice way to finish off a bookmark. Tassels add a nice flair of decoration to the end and anchor the bookmark to keep it from sliding out of a book. Tassels can be made from a thin yarn, embroidery floss or crochet thread in a matching or contrasting color. Attach a tassel at the top of your crafted bookmark, or place one tassel at each end of a crocheted chain for a quick and effective bookmark.

Things You'll Need

  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Yarn, floss or thread
  • Cut a piece of cardboard the height of the desired tassel and approximately 1-1/2 inches wide.

  • Cut a piece of yarn or floss approximately 1 to 1-1/2 inches long or longer if desired for hanging. Place it horizontally against the cardboard.

  • Wrap the yarn or floss around the cardboard vertically. Continue wrapping until the desired thickness of the tassel is created.

  • Grasp the piece of yarn that was placed horizontally in Step 2 on either end. It should now be under the wrapped yarn. Pull on either end to gather the wrapped yarn and tie it securely.

  • Slip the wrapped yarn off the cardboard. Smooth the yarn down, holding the tied section at the top.

  • Tie another piece of yarn tightly around the bulk of the tassel, approximately one-quarter to one-third of the way down the tassel. Wrap the yarn around the neck and tuck the ends into the tassel.

  • Cut through the yarn at the bottom of the tassel, freeing the tassel ends. Trim the edges so that all of the yarn pieces are the same length.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use floss or fine yarn or thread for small tassels. Larger tassels look fine with larger-size yarn.

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