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How To Make Tassels From Repurposed Denim

Tassels seem to be everywhere. They’re the new pom poms. And I do love them! I was so happy to work out how to make denim tassels from my favourite material to upcycle old jeans.

Previously, I have made sweater felt tassels from repurposed scraps. Even though those tassels were a fun way to use old felt scraps and were very colourful, I think I prefer these denim ones.

How to Make Tassels From Upcycled Jeans With Pom Poms

Make denim tassels by fraying squares of old jeans offcuts. They are much more robust than other handmade tassels as the threads are still attached to the denim fabric. As with all my other denim upcycles, I love the different shades of indigo you get from old jeans.

The great thing about this tutorial is that you can easily make denim tassels in various sizes.

You can make large denim tassels and use them as curtain tiebacks and smaller ones for fringe cushions and blankets. Or even smaller to make earrings and necklaces. I’ve even seen tassels of various sizes hung up as a unique wall decoration.

This is what I call a Netflix craft. Because it doesn’t take much concentration, it can be done whilst catching up on a Netflix boxset.

Each denim tassel takes about 30 minutes to make and is a no-sew jeans upcycle.

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These tassels are featured under T in the A to Z of denim crafts.

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What You Need

Flax colourful embroidery threads.

How To Make Tassels From Old Jeans

Step 1. First, decide what size you would like the denim tassel to be. The size of the scrap piece of denim you choose will determine the length.

If making them for a cushion, I recommend using a scrap piece of denim approx 4 inches (10cm square).

Scrap piece of denim

2. Next, pull some of the loose blue threads of denim to expose the white threads down one side of the scrap piece of material.

Fraying denim square

3. Denim is a woven material; the tassel is made by pulling out the white cross threads. Grab the end of a white thread and pull it firmly away from the denim material until it all comes out.

Pull white threads out and down

4. Carry on pulling out all the white threads until you are left with approximately 2cm of material at the top. I found that with some denim, I could pull more than one thread at a time.

If you turn the denim scrap of fabric 90 degrees and pull out the blue threads rather than the white ones, you will end up with white tassels. I did this when making my denim feather wall hanging, so I ended up with feathers of different colours.

Top Tip: If the white thread snaps as you pull it out, use a pin to find the end and pull it again.

How to make tassels from old jeans

Finishing Touches

5. Next, roll up the denim tassel tightly. Use colourful embroidery thread and needles to hold the top together with a stitch through the denim.

Then, wind the coloured thread around the top of the tassel and finish off with a stitch to stop it from unravelling.

Securing the denim tassel with thread

Pom poms and denim tassels look fantastic together. I added a couple of colourful pom-poms for my bigger denim tassels to give them extra panache. I’ve just been hanging these on the doors for decoration for now.

Upcycled denim tassel with pom pom tutorial

I’m on the lookout for a nice rattan beach bag to adorn with these lovely tassels too.

I love the shades of indigo threads you get from different pairs of jeans. Also, these tassels do feel very soft.

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Upcycled denim tassels with pom poms

I added a small denim tassel to each corner to add decoration to my DIY Frida Kahlo cushion. I’m making a stack more denim tassels to fringe the recycled sweater blanket I made. I also used them with these cool hanging embroidered heart denim decorations.

There is a tutorial for leather tassels in this round-up of leather craft ideas.

Other woven fabrics can be frayed, like denim.  I’ve upcycled plaid and tartan to make DIY fabric feathers by fraying.  I will use this fraying method to make some colourful and patterned tassels with plaid and tartan scraps.

I used this fraying denim technique to give a Boho finish to a gorgeous stencilled denim table runner, and the leftover scraps were used to make some denim earrings.

Another fun decorative embellishment to make from denim scraps is these cute bows.

How to make denim tassels

Shirley

Thursday 14th of July 2022

I sure don’t know how I missed this one…I absolutely love it!! I actually bought a huge roll, if I recall, 10 yards of denim to use for a project and I never ended up using it. I think I’ll try using that first but I’m not sure if it will work. The ends shed terribly and I ended up putting mailing tape over the end because it was so messy. These tassels are very very pretty! I love the embroidery at the ends too. These could be used in countless ways and now my wheels are turning again..lol!🥹

Claire Armstrong

Friday 15th of July 2022

Thank you, so much. They are fun and addictive to make. I make large ones, to hang as decorations from the door handles in my home and have used them on the end of curtain ties. I've seen people make smaller denim tassels to use as earrings. You should try the denim feathers too.

Sandra Irene McGehee

Sunday 28th of June 2020

I need how to attach the poms and then the cord to hang them.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 28th of June 2020

When you tie the pom-poms make sure you have an excess of embroidery thread use this to make a loop for hanging. I just used thread to stitch the Pom poms to the tassels by going through the middle of the Pom Pom. I hope that helps.

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Sunday 14th of April 2019

I didn't know that you could make the cutest tassels out of jeans. Love the bright colors with the denim.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 15th of April 2019

Thannk you. Yes they are fun to make too.

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Friday 1st of March 2019

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Pat

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

Can’t wait to try this, thanks for the great ideas!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

Thank you! They are fun to make.