How to Make Decorative Tassels From Scrap Fringe

by Pate Meadows Designs

Embellish plain box or knife edge pillows with scrap materials and Wooden Tassel Forms. These tassels are easy to make and make any pillow look FABulous!


  • 4 Wooden Tassel Forms at
  • 4 x 6 Inch Pieces of Fringe
  • 1 tiny crochet needle
  • 1 small screw driver
  • 1 Pillow - any size
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I used several vintage Bates candlewick bedspreads from yard sales to make pillows for my porch swing These coverlets always have this cool tassel trim. I just can't bare to let any part go to waste!

    Step 2

    So I used the scraps along with our Wooden Tassel Forms to make these cool tassels for the corner of my accent pillows Here's how....

    Step 3

    My strips were about 6 inches long. Thinner trims may require longer strips for a pretty tassel. Excess can always be cut away but you can't add to it so better too much than not enough

    Step 4

    First, fold the third or fourth twisted string up to form the tie of the tassel - then begin tightly rolling the band from the front edge. It has to fit snuggly into the large hole of the Tassel Form

    Step 5

    It should be rolled as tightly as possible - hold the rolled fringe firmly in one hand while threading the tie through the bottom and out the top of the Wooden Tassel Form. If it won't thread through

    Step 6

    Occasionally you may need a small crochet needle to pull the tie through the hole. If you find you need this, thread the needle through the hole first then roll the fringe.

    Step 7

    Hook the tie and pull it through.

    Step 8

    While continuing to hold the rolled fringe.

    Step 9

    Sometimes you have to really work it into the bottom of the Wooden Tassel Form. If it is too tight just snip a little off the end at this point.

    Step 10

    I find a tiny screw driver is great to push the rolled band up into the bottom of the tassel. You want it really snug so sometimes its hard to work it in the hole with your bare hands.

    Step 11

    Insert the tiny crochet needle through inside of the pillow, at the corner and loop the tassel tie.

    Step 12

    Pull the tassel tie through to the wrong side of the pillow corner

    Step 13

    From the inside of the pillow, pull the tie all the way through so that the Wooden Tassel Form is pulled tightly agains the corner of the pillow

    Step 14

    Tie a knot close to the seam so that the tie cannot pull back through. Sometimes it is necessary to stitch the tie to the inside of the corner. In my case a knot was sufficient.

    Step 15

    Continue until you have added as many tassels as you like.

    Step 16

    Be sure to check out our Pate Meadows youtube videos as well as our website under Tips/Techniques for even more pillow tassel ideas like this one featured in Southern Lady Magazine