I’m not sure if you are wondering what Hmong tassels are but I know my daughter was wondering. So I told her that I came across them when I did my favorite tassel sources post (click HERE if you missed it). And I did some Hmong googling. Hmong is an ethnic group of people who live in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand and they create really beautiful and colorful items with lots of tassels, pom-poms, and beads. Just google it and you won’t be disappointed. I also did an Etsy search and you can find a variety of beautiful ethnic Hmong items by clicking HERE.
How to make yarn tassels with a unique twist
- quilting squares (HERE, HERE and I especially love these handprinted batik squares on Etsy HERE)
- rounded upholstery needle (click HERE)
- embroidery thread
Step-by-step instructions on how to make yarn tassels:
If you like watching video tutorials, below is my instructional video:
As I said, I saw the yarn Hmong tassels on Etsy and fell in love with them and thought about making them myself. The idea really started to bloom when I saw the variety of quilting squares at my local craft store. (If you don’t like making your own you can find them in this Etsy store HERE or HERE)
I bought a variety of different ones on sale for $5:
Those colors match my home perfectly don’t you think so?
I had wool yarn left to make tassels from so I matched my quilting squares with the wool I had left.
Make a big wool loop, tie it in the center…
Fold it in half …
and tie again…
Then you take your fabric and I double layered it before cutting.
Then I wrapped the fabric around the tassel and tied it with a string to keep it in place for sewing.
For the top hanging loop, I braided three string of wool …
And then knotted the loop to the top of the tassel…
The next step of the tutorial had a blurry photo (oops sorry) but I’m sure you get the story.
Sew side of the fabric – attach loop string and sew up the top of the fabric around the loop by hand
Then I picked my little accent color wool (click HERE):
To match the rest of all my black, white and blue! I sewed a little border at the bottom and at the top of the tassel and used my favorite curved upholstery needle.
And here you have them:
You can make so many different combinations and have fun with it and I love that they aren’t perfect and really look handmade.
You might also like these other projects of mine:
Is this something you’d make yourself or are you someone who’d rather buy them?