I had been looking for a throw to put at the end of our king-size bed for a while. Everything just seemed too small and I wanted a little texture somehow. I love tassels and wasn’t able to find one that would work. Especially with the large size of our bed. I decided to just make it myself! Not, the blanket… if I had tried making the blanket, it would be in the trash right now. That wouldn’t have been pretty. I made the tassels. This is so easy, and really only took me about a half hour to complete. Serious!
For the blanket, I went to Target and purchased a queen-size quilt. It was perfect, nice and large for the bed. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? You can even use an existing blanket you already have in your home. This is all you will need for the project:
- Cozy blanket
- Something to wrap yarn around
- Chunky Yarn
- Safety pins
I didn’t use just ordinary yarn, I went to the fabric store and bought some really chunky yarn used for knitting. This way the tassels would be nice and thick. You will need something to wrap the yarn around. You can use a piece of cardboard, or a little book… I went with a Winnie the Pooh DVD. Don’t you just love that little guy? Actually, my favorite is Tigger… but, anyway, I liked the size of it for my tassels. Pick something according to how long you want them to be.
I wrapped my yarn around 25 times. I picked a number, so they would look uniform and all the same size. Slide your yarn off and take a small piece of extra yarn to wrap around the top portion, about a fingers space down. Tie it tightly to create a ball at the top.
Take your scissors and cut all the loops at the bottom. Trim it up so the pieces are even, and cut off your extra pieces where you tied your knot. If you chose to do longer tassels, you can even add one more tied section another finger space down. Almost wish I would have done that! Dang!
Now, for attaching the tassels. I know you probably assume I sewed them on. You can totally do that. I opted for only safety pinning them on the under-side of the blanket. I want to still be able to wash this blanket and KEEP it white. If I had sewn these on, there is no way they would last in the wash. Now, I can remove and reattach easily. Who will ever know? No one. Well, now you know, but no one will ever see it!
I think this is such a fun way to add a little flair to your blankets, and the tassels are so easy to make, that changing them out periodically for other fun colors, would be doable as well! It’s Spring-time, you should make a colorful Springy blanket for your room. Just saying.