Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TELL: DIY TASSEL BLANKET

I have been wanting to make something with tassels and when I saw this blanket at IKEA it all just clicked!  I found some neon pink yarn and I knew they would be a match made in heaven.  This blanket cost me $11, it's a perfect size, soft, and oh so adorable!  I might use it as a throw, or just a fun blanket to lay on at the park.... what do you think?

Read the tutorial after the jump

Supplies:
Plain Blanket- 
Mine is from IKEA.  I like the texture of the blanket, it made it really easy to sew onto.
The blanket at IKEA is $13 but I found mine in the damaged area for only $7 with a tiny little snag! whoo hoo.
Yarn-
Tapestry needle-
(I used this to thread the yarn)
Regular needle and thread matching the color of the blanket
Sewing machine


Here is the blanket before...

 Measure your piece of thread the width of the blanket with 2 extra inches on each side
 Start threading
 Continue the width of the blanket
Repeat this 5 times. 
 Next make the tassels.
You need a piece of cardboard, the size of the cardboard will determine how long you want your tassels.  My cardboard piece is 4 1/2 inches long. 
Wrap your yarn 22 times around the cardboard.  How many times you wrap the yarn determines how thick your tassel will be.  I didn't want mine too thick.
Cut a small piece and place it behind all the pieces of yarn.
Pull it towards the top of the cardboard and tie it in a lose knot
Cut the bottom of the yarn.  Once it is off the cardboard, tie the knot tight and then tie again.
Get another piece of yarn and tie the top of the tassel.  Let the excess hang with the rest of the yarn.
Cut off the excess thread on the top. 
Sew your tassels along the blanket.  I tied 11 on each side.  
To tie on the tassels, insert the needle through the top of the tassel into the knot at the very top, then sew onto blanket repeating this until it seems secure.  
Lastly you need to secure the stitches.  I just did this with my sewing machine.  

19 comments:

Pénélope said...

I love it, it's warm, classic and funky <3

MakeMeUpMia said...

Ok, I'm not crafty and can't sew, but I'm in LOVE with this blanket. I'd totally buy one ;)

Amy @ Homey Oh My! said...

Yes yes yes, tassel all the things! So in love with this blanket!

kylie said...

absolutely darling!

Kelli said...

I'm not even joking when I say I NEED one of these. And I just went to ikea the other day! Dangit.

Patricia R. said...

Just adorable!

Virag Kokeny said...

I prepared a blanket with soft blue yarn yesterday and it is cute. The biggest challenge was to sew the same size of lines. So I went for random lenght and is still cute and much faster :-).
Thank you for the tutorial.

amlsurf said...

This is sooo cute! I think I need a trip to IKEA sooner rather than later!

Just curious, how much yarn did this take? How many skeins?

Virag Kokeny said...

I needed 1 big skein of yarn for 2 blankets. Sewing requires less, you need more for the tassels :-).

Anna @ IHOD said...

This is brilliant. Found you on pinterest. Fave new discovery:)

Sara C. Walk said...

Hi!! so sorry! Yes it takes one skein. Literally the whole skein, I had none left over. It also depends on how many tassels you want etc. My blanket has 12 on each side :) Ill update the post so people know how much to use

xo

Sara C. Walk said...

Anna! thanks so much!! I have always loved your blog ;)

Alexis Middleton said...

Oh I LOVE this! Perfect!

Evelyn Theus said...

What a beautiful blanket. Such a good idea. So easy to do and it looks so great. I just found your blog and I really like it.

Katie @ Upcycled Treasures said...

Sara, this blanket is amazing and I'm pretty sure I need one! Or 3... Thanks for sharing at The Makers Link Party! You've been featured! I hope you will stop by again this week!

~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

Chelsea @ Making Home Base said...

I am so beyond obsessed with this. The pink, the tassels. I'm in love!! Pinning and driving to IKEA right now!

Ginnie said...

This is gorgeous! I definitely need my own - thanks for the inspiration!

Emma Peake said...

Love this!! Tassels are the cutest! Just found your blog through Persia Lou The Makers Link Party! So glad I found you!

Louisa Reinheimer said...

So cute. Will definitely add this to my "to-do" list of DIY things. Love your blog, happened upon it and really felt in love with it. Greetings from Germany (:

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