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Hi, friends! Things have been so busy with me lately with the end of school and beginning of summer starting, I’ve hardly had time to write up all the projects I have been working on.
Today’s project was inspired by the cute summer tote bags I’ve been seeing everywhere with colorfully layered tassel charms hanging off the handles. My tassels are layered on top of one another on suede cording and you just loop them over the handle of your bag and tie in a simple knot.
What a fun and trendy way to add a bohemian feel to update a simple handbag or summer tote. Just change out the tassels for the seasons. Let’s go make some tassels!
Layered Tassel Bag Charm
- Crochet thread: Natural, cream, navy, pink, green and teal blend
- Suede Cording
- Sharp Scissors
- Hot glue & gun
Cut a 25-inch piece of suede cording. Tie a knot one inch above one end of the cording. The knot is going to be inside of the top of your tassel.
Take a piece of cardboard around 7-8 inches long. As you can see from the image I use a cardboard box lid for mine. Seriously state of the art, lol. Wrap the crochet thread around the cardboard around 40 times.
Pull the thread off of the cardboard and fold the loop in half. Put the center of the loop up by the knot making sure the bottoms loops are even. Take a 6-inch piece of thread and tie tightly, using a double knot underneath the suede knot.
Add a drop of hot glue to secure the knot. Wrap the thread ends around the top of the tassel and hot glue ends to secure. Add hot glue where the top of the tassel thread and suede cording meet and pinch together. Trim the tassel with sharp scissors.
For the next tassel, tie another knot above the tassel you just made and repeat the steps.
At the top leave a 5-6 inch section in the center of the suede cording and repeat steps starting at the other end of the cord. Measure as you go since your bag may be smaller or larger than mine.
You’ll notice I used crochet thread for these tassels and they couldn’t have come out better. The thread is loose and swingy, (yes I made that word up), compared to embroidery thread that I have used before and the tassels hang really well. This charm came out too cute and what a super fun way to summer up your bags without having to buy a new one.
My bag shown above is the London Fog Orchard Tote Bag. Love this bag and it’s reversible. The other side is dark brown. I love the short handles and attached long strap. It is so easy to wear both ways. Definitely my favorite bag this year.
Check out more of my Tassel Projects~