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Ribbon Tassels

To convey a sense of luxury, make tassels with double-faced satin, silk, gingham, or edged-satin ribbon.


Wrap ribbon around a 3- to 6-inch piece of cardboard; the size of cardboard and amount of ribbon depend on the size tassel you want.


  1. Step 1

    Slide ribbon off card; center on a piece of thread. Fold and knot a loop of ribbon as long as tassel. Place it beside wound ribbon. Tie thread around ribbon; loop's knot should be caught below thread.

  2. Step 2

    Cut wrapped ribbon at both ends.

  3. Step 3

    Holding loop, fold top fringe down to meet bottom; adjust tassel shape. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around tassel four times; make a loop in one end. With loose end of loop above and loop itself below, wrap ribbon around tassel four times.

  4. Step 4


    Pass ribbon through loop, pull loop end from top to tighten. Cut and tuck ends.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2000

Reviews (4)

  • sylvermaiden 13 Jul, 2010

    I agree with SherryJackson and Drudge. The directions are not clear. Infact, I think there are a few steps missing

  • kell10 23 Nov, 2008

    No access to your site to ask questions etc. Why am I asked to register all the time on this site?


  • drudge 20 Nov, 2008

    I have made tassels before, but not like this pattern. It would help to see the finish part since I too had a little trouble following the directions. Just signed up for your E Mails, and I am pleased because now I don't have to hunt, and supper ideas recipes are great. Now I can make up my own menus ahead of time.

  • sherryjackson 10 Dec, 2007

    A video would be optimal for this description. It may have been my three kids doing circles around my work table, but it took me over an hour to figure out how to make these tassels out of this how-to. It was a mess of "knots", "loops", and "ends".