Oversized tassels are one of our favorite home decor trends right now, especially when they provide a pop of color! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make your own fleece throw blanket complemented with large colorful tassels created with cotton fabric.
Best of all, creating the tassels requires no sewing!
- 2 yards of Shannon Cuddle Fleece (we used Ivory)
- 2 yards Anna Maria Horner Loominous Illuminated Graph Cream
- 1.5 yards Anna Maria Horner Loominous Headlines Orange
- 1.5 yards Anna Maria Horner Loominous Tribe Bubblegum
- 1.5 yards Anna Maria Horner Loominous Chemistry Sharp
- Rotary cutter and Cutting mat
- Walking foot
Making the Tassels:
Be sure to watch the video above for details on creating the tassels! Fold your fabric in order to easily cut bias strips. Cut 14-16 bias strips. 1” x 18” strips (14 -16) 14 is better for thicker fabrics, and 16 for thinner fabrics.
- 1” x 30” strip (1)
- 1” x 15” strip (1)
- 1” x 18” strip (1) This is to join the tassels and form the head.
Place the 1” x 15” strip horizontally first, place the 14-16 strips perpendicular, with the 30” strip placed last. Tie the 15” strip, joining all the other strips. Tie the 30” strip roughly 11” times in the center and knot once, this is to provide structure bulk for the head of the tassel. Take the original 1” x 15” strip, tie around, and double knot to form the top of the tassel head and to serve as the tassel attachment. Use an additional 1” x 18” strip to join the tassels and knot twice. Fluff, and trim.
1 ½ yard of 45” fabric makes approximately 4 tassels using the technique shown. Make as many or as few as you want. The blanket shown has 10 tassels total of three coordinating fabrics.
Cut the accent fabric:
Cut 7” bias strips and join them together to equal two 7” x 65” strips. Press one side ½” inward.
Attaching the Tassels:
On each cut edge of the fleece fabric, pin your tassels evenly along the edges and corners. With right sides together, pin the accent fabric to the fleece, with the tassels sandwiched in the middle.
Using a walking foot, sew a shallow zig zag stitch and a 3/8” seam allowance. When stitching over the tassels, back stitch to re-inforce the tassels.
Trim the excess tassel fabric within the seam allowance. Flip the accent fabric outward, so that wrong sides are together.
Pin and top stitch using a shallow zig zag with a walking foot.
Fold the excess fabric on the sides inward in order to top stitch them as well.
Voila! A cozy tassel blanket to spruce up your decor. Happy sewing!