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Independence Day Tassel

Sunday, July 02, 2006

All the credit for this idea goes to the feature in the July/August issue of Southern Lady Magazine - they did a how-to for "Elaine's No-Hassle Tassel" (provided by Elaine's, a ribbon shop in Montgomery that I'm going to visit next time I'm in that area).

In the magazine, they used smooth silver ribbon to make a tassel that looked great on an armoire. My version used red, white, and blue ribbons as a doorhanger for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

I bought six different spools of ribbon - red, white, and blue solids and also three different ones that looked like they would go well.

I cut 3 pieces that were about 24" each from each spool - so even my shortest spool (at 3') was enough for this project. Make sure that two of the spools you use will have at least 30" left on them to make the hanger (30") and the tassel wrap (30"). Most of my spools had five yards on them, and that was plenty - with lots of extra left for another project.

In the end, I used about 14 yards of ribbon total.

Independence Day Tassel

From each of the six spools, I cut three 24"-long pieces:
Independence Day Tassel

Next, I made a swallowtail cut on each of the ribbon ends (that's what makes the upside-down 'V' shape at the bottom of each ribbon). First, take the ribbon, fold it in half and cut at an angle:
Independence Day Tassel

Here are all the ribbons after they've had the swallowtail cut at the ends:
Independence Day Tassel


Next, I made a knot about 2"-3" from the bottom of each end of each ribbon. This gives the final tassel more volume:
Independence Day Tassel

I cut one 30" length of ribbon and laid it out, then on top of that I put all the other ribbons. I tried to make sure that the knotted ribbons were centered on the long ribbon:
Independence Day Tassel

Then I carefully picked up the long ribbon and made a knot to secure all the smaller pieces:
Independence Day Tassel

Then, I cut another ribbon 30" long (I used the blue with stars ribbon), and wrapped it back and forth around the top of the tassel, just a short way from the top. This secured the whole thing and helped make it look finished:
Independence Day Tassel

Now, I just took the tassel and hung it from a doorknob. I think it turned out really great and I think everybody will get a kick out of it at our Independence Day get-together!
Independence Day Tassel

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