Thursday, November 22, 2012

diy: Thread Tassel Bracelet



In all senses of the word, this was a very spur of the moment project! A couple days ago, I was cleaning my work space and decided to whip up a tassel bracelet with some leftover embroidery thread. Of course this turned into making a million different versions, and when I posted a snapshot on Instagram, I thought about making a quick DIY for s&p. After a few readers requested a tutorial, I knew I had to! 



These bracelets are fun and easy to make. I think they'd be a great gift idea for the holidays, especially as a stocking stuffer. Within the next few weeks I'll be compiling a post of s&p projects that are ideal for gift giving, so stay tuned for that!

Check out the how-to below:





  



Supplies:

- Stretchy string
- Faux pearl beads (or any kind of beads, or even chain)
- Round nosed jewelry pliers
- Scissors
- Embroidery thread
I just used some leftover thread, but you'll need much less than 1 skein!
- A jump ring (I used a 10mm silver plated jump ring)




1) Place your fingers next to each other and wrap the thread around them, taking note of where the end of the thread is. This will be the bottom of the tassel.




2) Keep wrapping (not too loose, but it doesn't have to be that tight either). I did this anywhere from 8 to 11 times.

Make sure you have enough for about a 10 inch (25.4 cm) strand leftover:


 



3) Carefully slip the thread off your fingers, and tightly tie the extra strand around the top. This will form a loop.



4) Repeat several more times. I usually tie a tight knot, wrap the thread to other side of the tassel, tie another knot, and keep repeating until I've reached about 10 or so knots. Just to be safe!




 5) Cut the excess thread away.




 6) Cut a portion of the bottom to create an instant tassel. 




7) Using the pliers, insert a jump ring through the loop.



8) Create the bracelet with the stretchy string and beads of your choice, stringing on the tassel halfway through. I decided to make my tassel a little shorter, too.




Optional, but useful: place a dot of clear nail polish on the knot of the tassel. This will help further secure it.

Super easy, right? They're kind of addicting to make. I need to make a few more for the holidays!

For those of you who are in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving from s&p :)