How To Make Felt Tassels From Old Sweaters

Using Felted Sweater Scraps To Make Gorgeous Felt Tassels

Are tassels the new pom poms? They are everywhere. They’re on keychains, bags, garlands, pillows, and sweaters. I do love the trend so I have made my own tassels. But being an upcycler, I have made felt tassels out of my sweater scraps.
 
Move over pom poms it’s tassel time! Mind you I think they both look great together.
 
Like most of my favourite crafts, these tassels are really simple and cheap to make. I have a bag of felt scraps that I keep from my upcycled sweater projects. In the past, I’ve used them to make colourful felt garlands and felt Christmas trees.
 
You can put a cap on the felt tassels and use them as a keychain, bag charm or as a gorgeous present topper. I love colourful Christmas decorations so I’m going to hang a load of them together as a festive garland. Or you can just hang them from your Christmas tree.
 
What would you do with a felt tassel?
 
Repurpose sweater scraps into fun felt tassels. They make a lovely keychain or a gorgeous gift topper. Make a few and hang them into a lovely garland. #feltgarland #felt #sweaterupcycle #tassel #felttassel
 
 
 
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What you need to make felt tassels

  • Felt scraps – I used the scraps from my upcycled sweater projects. You need your felt pieces to be at least 10cm(4″) square.
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  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors, pen and pins
  • Tassel caps – (optional)

 
 

How to make upcycled felt tassels

  1. First cut your felt into a square approximately 10cm (4″) square.
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  3. Mark a line with a pen about 1cm (1/2″) from the top of the square
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  5. Next using scissors cut the felt into thin strips (3mm) up to the line creating a fringe
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  7. Apply a layer of fabric glue to the felt above the line
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    Adding glue to felt fringe
     
     

  9. Roll your felt square tightly and secure with a pin until the glue dries.
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    DIy upcycled sweater tassel glueing
     
     

  11. To finish off the felt tassels you can glue a tassel cap to the top. However, if you are just using the tassels in a garland you can just tidy the top of the tassels with a strip of felt.

 
I told you they were super easy to make!
 
DIY felt tassels from sweater felt scraps
 
 
Using an upcycled felt tassel as a present topper.
 
Repurpose sweater scraps into fun felt tassels. They make a lovely keychain or a gorgeous gift topper. Make a few and hang them into a lovely garland. #feltgarland #felt #sweaterupcycle #tassel #felttassel
 
 

Repurpose sweater scraps into fun felt tassels. They make a lovely keychain or a gorgeous gift topper. Make a few and hang them into a lovely garland. #feltgarland #felt #sweaterupcycle #tassel #felttassel

 

Repurpose sweater scraps into fun felt tassels. They make a lovely keychain or a gorgeous gift topper. Make a few and hang them into a lovely garland. #feltgarland #felt #sweaterupcycle #tassel #felttassel

 
 
Check out my other sweater felt garland made from scraps.
 
Recycle felt sweaters into these gorgeous Christmas felt garlands.
 
 
For other felt scrap craft ideas check out favecrafts.com
 
 

 
 

28 Responses

  1. Cute! Love the tassel caps. May need to make some tassels in the new year. Visiting from Grandma’s House party.

  2. So cute Claire! I think even I could make these!!

  3. j

    These look so effective, Claire! Love them. I have popped over to your garland post and pinned it, along with this, to my Christmas decoration boards. #HOMEETC

  4. Sue

    These are fab! I had no idea they were so easy to make. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Sue x

  5. This is such a great idea, I didn’t realise tassels were so easy to make. I love how good they look as a present topper
    #HomeEtc

    • Thank you, Elena. Yes they’ve really easy I’ve been making a load today whilst I wrap my presents to use as toppers.

  6. These are super handy, I was just thinking I could make a couple for my handbags but love the idea of making a garland out of them too! Thank you so much Claire for all your #HomeEtc support each week X

    • Thank you, Lins. I think they would also look good on a cushion.

  7. What a Great idea. I will definitely try to make some 😁 They would even make a great Christmas present 😉 Thank you for sharing your tutorial 😊

  8. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic idea! Love how they look and I always have lots of felted wool sweater scraps! 🙂 Lisa

  9. I love these and I would love one as a key ring too

  10. Love these Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned & tweeted!

  11. These are just beautiful, time to rummage through my bag of felted jumper scraps I think!

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  15. What a fun project and a great way to use felted wool scraps. I’ve been looking for crafts to do with teens and I think that they would enjoy this one. I’m featuring this project for this week’s Best of the Weekend party that goes live Friday night at 8 pm. Thanks so much for joining us and for sharing this fun project.

    • Thank you, Paula. I think that this would be a great craft to do with Teens. Look forward to seeing the feature.

  16. Funny, but I had recently been thinking about all my felt pieces and wondering what my next project might be. I think I found it!

    • It’s a lovely way to use up those scraps, and you could make a lovely colourful garland with them,

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  18. This is the second pot on #GoingGreen that talks about using scraps to make something useful and/or pretty and it is great to see something so pretty being made from scraps of fabric that could all too easily be chucked away. Thank you for linking up and the next Going Green opens on Feb 5th so I hope you can join in again then.

    • Thank you, Rosie. I love to work with fabric scraps, it’s a challenge.

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