How to Make Velvet Yarn Tassels

Soft, plush velvet yarn is crafted into sweet tassels. Jute hanging cord with wood beads adds a modern touch. Craft a bunch of these fluffy tassels in no time!

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Have you made yarn tassels before?

They are so soft and fluffy, and they're cute just about anywhere!

When I spotted this large ball of velvet yarn on sale at Michaels for only $5, I knew just what I wanted to make with it!

I've made jute cord tassels before, and even tassels from a dollar store mop head, but I had not worked with velvet yarn before. 

The biggest challenge was when I cut the yarn. The edges wanted to fray. I found an easy way to combat this which I will share in the tutorial below.

Let's Make DIY Velvet Yarn Tassels


I made six of these velvet tassels in about 30 minutes. Once you get the hang of it, it goes quite quickly.

The first thing to do is determine how big you want your tassels to be and cut the piece of cardboard accordingly*

*I made one long tassel using an 18" piece of cardboard; the smaller tassels I made using an 8-1/2" piece of cardboard. Remember that the finished tassels will be half the length!

Steps to easy tassels

  1. Wrap yarn around cardboard (for the large tassel I wrapped it 12x, for the small tassels I wrapped it 6x)
  2. Slide the yarn off the cardboard and tie a 12" piece of jute around the middle of the yarn bundle. Tie it tightly.
  3. Wrap ends of jute together with small piece of tape and slide on two wood beads. Push beads down as far as they'll go and tie a knot.
  4. Cut a 12" piece of yarn and wrap and tie it about 1-2" below knot.
  5. Use scissors to snip loop ends.
  6. Gather tassel together in hands and trim ends so they're even.

If you're using this brand of yarn, or even another velvet type yarn, you will be surrounded in little puffs that fray off the cut ends.

To stop the fraying, take a lighter to the ends and quickly move it across the yarn ends to melt them. This will stop the fraying. Be very careful to not burn the ends! Keep the flame moving quickly. It only takes a few seconds, and this will effectively stop the shedding!

A couple things to note:

Velvet yarn is very stretchy, and no matter how meticulous you are, it is nearly impossible to get a tassel with completely even ends!

At the same time, this is the beauty of this yarn, that no two tassels will look completely alike!

Velvet yarn tassels are SO soft and fluffy! They are very tactile and you will have to resist touching them constantly!

Where should I hang velvet tassels?

You can hang them anywhere! Here are a few ideas:
  • hang tassels as curtain tiebacks
  • sew tassels to pillow or blanket corners
  • hang velvet tassels on a tree (see my vintage Valentines tree below)
  • decorate a wrapped package with a tassel
  • hang them from knobs or even candle holders
  • create a garland of tassels and hang on your mantel
  • add velvet tassels to the ends of a wood bead garland

You can see details of my vintage Valentines tree HERE.

I love a cute tassel, and these blush pink velvet tassels turned out really cute! As you can see, I used the same velvet yarn to make a set of heart shaped coasters, they turned out so cute too!

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  1. PINK!!! I wish I had a tiny amount from the level of your creativity! Love these and all the ways you used them. Even those coasters are so fun. I see Valentine's decor and love it but feel no one but me would appreciate it so I don't do it. These make me want to make some! pinned

  2. These are so pretty and springlike. I've PINNED this.

  3. Oh goodness... if I could hug a tassel from afar, these would be that! These are scrumptious, Cindy!


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