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Monday, August 4, 2014

{DIY} Tassel Pillow

Does it seem like I've been talking about our Patio Refresh forever?!? I guess I got carried away with the DIY projects on this space, but sometimes I just can't help myself. And when the mood strikes, I have to ride that wave out. And even though it's taken me a month to post them, I actually whipped them all out in a single afternoon. Quick and simple is the name of the game around here, remember?!

When we added the black and white striped umbrella to the patio, I picked up a lumbar pillow from Ikea in the same color scheme to unite the space. But he looked a little sad and plain...so of course I had to zhush him up. I immediately thought of Kristin's tassel pillow, and decided to do something similar.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

{What You Need}

Embroidery string or Yarn
(I actually used Hemp String for a sturdier tassel with more structure)
Embroidery Needle
Scissors
Cardboard Piece cut to size of your desired tassel

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

{What You Do}

There are tons of tassel tutorials online, but I meshed a few together for a method that worked best for me. I wanted a multi-colored tassel, so I chose the three colors predominantly used in the patio...orange, hot pink and white...and lined them up as a single strand.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Holding the end of the strands, wrap the string around the folded cardboard until you have the desired fullness.

Tip: Your folded cardboard will represent the final length of the tassel.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Hold the strands on the folded end in place, and cut the strings on the open end. I don't recommend trying to take photos while doing this step. #justsayin

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Cut another longer piece of string, and tie it tightly around the middle of the strands.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Fold the strands together, keeping the longer piece separate, and wrap another piece of string around the top, while holding all the pieces together tightly. Tie and trim. You may need to give the ends of your tassel a little haircut to even them out, as well.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Thread one end of the middle string in the embroidery needle, and poke through corner of pillow fabric.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Tie it tightly in place, and trim excess string.

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

Voila....tassels, baby!

HI Sugarplum | DIY Tassel Pillow

It's a subtle touch, but really unites all the pillows...and the detail makes the space feel more custom. Expect to see more tassels (and their baby sister...the pom-pom) appear inside my house soon!


And that, my dears, concludes the DIY patio projects! Who wants to come hang in the colorful spot with me?!


Other Patio projects include:

19 comments:

  1. i love those cute little tassels! good job cassie! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. Perfect! Love that the tassels are multicolored. I'm currently scanning the room for a place to put some :)

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  3. "Their baby sister - the pom pom." Now THAT's funny. And I'd know.

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  4. sa-weet!! and I luv that flamingo pillow!

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  5. Sign me up! :) Such a fun custom detail, now I'm wishing I hadn't passed on those Ikea pillows!

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  6. Darling! Love the pillow print and what a fun and easy detail!

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  7. this is so cute! thank you for sharing!

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  8. Perfection!! I'm obsessed with tassels!! :)

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  9. Looks awesome! Love a good DIY project, it turned out wonderful!

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  10. Cute! Love the colors
    xoxo Sydney at Twine Interiors
    twineinteriors.com

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  11. What an awesome idea you craft god you!!!!! Seriously your patio DIY idea have been rockin awesome!!!!! :-)

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  12. Those tassels really make the pillow pop! Such a cute idea.

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  13. I love your zhushed up pillow! Tassels and pom poms always make everything more fun! Have a good week Cassie.

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  14. Looooove. I just bought a tassel-cornered pillow for my littlest's room. It really does add the perfect custom touch. And I am all about the poms right now!

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  15. Very cute tassells, but i would put them on that pillow with the flamingo.
    Carpet cleaners Balham

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Your comments are like crack, or popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. xoxo, cass

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