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This tote, store bought was pretty good looking, by adding a tassel it now commands attention - less is more!
Adding a tassel might be all you need for a complete style upgrade. The tassel attached to zipper pull performs double duty.
To make this tassel supplies needed:
My Own Fringemaker, threaded straight stitch sewing machine, a wooden bead with center hole, glue, tiny headed crochet hook. yarn or ribbon, STRAND, string.
Set up rod unit and place rods in furthest holes. Wind on strand, ribbon or yarn you'd like your tassel to be. [I wound on approximately 10 yrds].
Remove rod unit from base and take to sewing machine to sew header.
Slide one rod under the presser foot and position foot parrellel to inside of one rod.
Slow your machine speed down.
Choose the longest stitch.
Straight stitch parallel along the rod, repeat several times.
Remove rod unit from the sewing machine and take whole rod unit to table for finishing.
The tassel head, use some type of wooden bead or ball with a center hole.
Cut approximately 15" of ribbon from which the tassel will hang.
Knot the two loose ends together and pull the looped end (opposite the knotted end) up through the center of the bead. Sometimes a crochet hook works great to pull the strand up through the center. The knot should be on the bottom of the wooden bead. Tug on it slightly - if it looks like it might pull through - pull the hanger back through the hole and tie a larger knot or add a button or bead to help prevent the knot from pulling through. Reinsert the looped end up through the center of the bead and proceed to next step.
Prepare to glue up an inch or so and let it tack up. I use Beacons FABRI-TAC.
Remove one rotating arm from the rod unit and scooch the fringe along rod towards this end for removal.
Dot some glue onto the header stitching.
Inch by inch slide fringe off the rod and start wrapping the header around the wooden bead attaching it to the tacky glue.
Continue gluing, sliding, wrapping around the bead until you've used all the fringe.
Wrap until you have the tassel thickness you want, this is the tassel skirt. If you need more material for a fuller skirt - make more fringe - repeating the steps
Create the tassel neck:
Use approximately 14" of ribbon, strand, rope, etc. wind around and around just below the wooden bead.
Every couple winding turns, tie a knot and keep winding, save the last few inches.
Pull the last few inches up through the neck, knot, bury the knot.
HINT: A tiny headed crochet hook maybe helpful to snake the last couple of inches up through.
Done! - how easy was this! Try it!
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