Everything is more awesome with a pretty tassel, right? Well, they are really easy and fun to make. I whipped up these babies adorned with a decorative leather knot in no time. I've attached one to my keys which has made finding them in my bag a whole lot easier but there are plenty of other possible uses. You could add one to a purse strap, on a zipper pull, attach one to your luggage, or any thing else you fancy.
Learning how to tie the turk's head knot is a bit tricky but I discovered that using your hand makes it a whole lot easier. I've broken down each of the steps with clear and easy-to-follow illustrations below. Soon, you'll be tying knots like a eagle scout.
Knot Tassel Keychain
For this tutorial, you will need:
About 14 9" strands of string (you can use any kind of string, cord, yarn, etc and adjust the number of strands to your liking)
1 strand of 1/8" leather cord measuring at least 1 1/2' (I upcycled mine from a thrift store belt)
hot glue gun
key ring (I took mine off old swag keychains)
optional: fabric dye
1. Fold your string in half over your key ring.
2. Wrap another small piece of string around the tassel strings and tie it in a double knot. Trim the excess.
Now it's time to tie your leather knot. Here's how it's done:
- Wrap the cord around your index and middle finger in the direction shown.
- Next loop around the ring and middle fingers. The cord should be crossing over the first loop.
- Now pass the cord under length between your thumb and the first loop.
- Bring it up and over the right side of the second loop.
- Then under the right side of the first loop.
- Finally pulling it over the left side of the second loop then under the left side of the first loop.
3. Wrap the cord around your fingers following the illustrations above. It should look like this when you have finished.
4. Remove the knot from your fingers and pull it tighter by pulling the ends and slowly working the knot together. Do not close it all the way.
5. Slide your knot over the tassel and place it over the string holding it together.
6. Now pull it tight.
7. Trim off the excess. Add a dab of hot glue on one of the loose ends and press the other loose end onto it to close the knot.
If you want to dip dye your tassel, mix up some fabric dye according to package and suspend the tassel in the dye so that just the ends are submerged and let it sit for about 45 minutes. Rinse, wash, rinse and hang it to dry.by