Anthropologie Inspired Tassel Pillow

There is something about color that just hits my happy button, especially when those saturated hues are found in soft bundles of hand-dyed wool ready for me to start a new creation.  It just so happens that I have amassed a significant assembly of color by simply scanning the bins at thrift stores.  Another favorite source is Tuesday Morning, they always seem to have a few skeins of boutique wools that start my heart aflutter.

In all seriousness, I have been obsessed with this stuff since I was a teenager.  There always seemed to be such a romantic lure of simple times gone by whenever I thought of the clicking knitting needles whirling around strands of yarn expertly.  In fact, at sixteen, I decided to teach myself the craft and secretly knitted my dad a scarf for his Christmas present while I attended the high school football games.  Yep, I nerded-out way back in the early 90’s as a DIY crafter….and I am proud of it! 🙂

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Supplies:

scissors

yarn

crochet needles

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As a self-proclaimed crafting nerd, I am continually looking for small projects that help me use up my stash.  Stash-busting projects, if you will.  Well, taking one look at those beautiful colors, I knew that some Anthropologie inspiration was due.  I love their colorful, BOHO aesthetic and fun creative designs.  First thing that came to my mind was “tassels.”

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Having purl stitched a small swatch, I decided to make a wool pillow and accent it with simple tassels in every color (as long as they were in the same color family, ie jeweltones).

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Taking my swatch, I folded it in half and created a quick yarn “needle” out of wire, since I did not have a proper one available at the time.  Using more yarn, I whip stitched three of the sides together and left one open to insert a pillow form.

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With my neutral colored pillow sewn up, it was time to have fun with some color!

Whenever I make tassels, I always use some sort of “form” that will help keep the tassels even (here I used a checkbook because it’s width gave me the perfect length tassel for this project).

Loosely wrap the yarn around your form several times.

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Once you slip the yarn off of your form, cut a small piece of yarn and put it through the large hole in your bundle.

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  Tie a knot around the one end.

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Now you can cut the other end, essentially breaking the circle.

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Taking more yarn, wrap it repeatedly around your secured end.  This is cute in the same color, but it can be even cuter done in contrasting colors.

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Success!  Once tassel complete!

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Time to repeat a few times!

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Like the wardrobe change?!?  Haha.  This is not the longest or toughest project, but life came knocking and I had to break the project into a two-dayer.  However, I love that my outfits were so coordinated with my project.  Nope, I am not THAT together…these just happen to be some of my fav colors.

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Using a needle and thread, I created a slip knot to attach it to my tassel before sewing the tassel in place on my pillow.

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Kind of like a kindergarten project, I created a pattern and stuck with it as I sewed my tassels in place.

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I think I love the neutral colored pillow getting so many pops of dramatic color.

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Hope you go a little tassel-crazy!  I see detailing for blankets, curtains, earrings, and necklaces in my future!  Kind of limitless for such an easy project.

Thanks for stopping by 😉

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

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