And it was SOOOO averagely smart, and I loved it so much, I made one for my son as well. (Because being afraid of the dark apparently runs in our family so everyone needs his/her own lamp.)
So you get 3 tutorials in one today!! Yea!
Let's start with this one:
First off, you will need to make some oversized pom pons. You can get all kinds of fancy pom makers, but I just use two tag board circles with the middles cut out. You'll also need yarn in whatever color you want. I like to take the end of the skein and start rolling a ball. When it gets big enough I cut it from the skein. This makes it a lot easier to stuff the yarn through the middle hole, because you're just stuffing a ball not a whole ton of loose yarn.
You probably know how to make a pom pon already. In case you don't, here you go!
2. Use your scissors to cut the yarn from one edge of the book.
3. So you have a clump of yarn that's all the same length.
4. You will also need to cut two smaller pieces of yarn.
5. Slip one of the extra yarn pieces under the clump, right in the middle.
6. Tie it in a double knot, tightly.
7. Smooth the ends down to either side.
8. Slip the other extra yarn piece under the clump in the middle. Tie the ends of this in a double knot, too, but leave it loose so that it forms a loop.
9. Fold the clump of yarn so that all the yarn is to one side and the knot your just tied is sandwiched.
10. Thread your doll needle with your second yarn color.
11. Tie the end of the yarn in a tight double knot around the clump of yarn, about 1/2 inch to an inch below the top. Smooth the end of the yarn down with the other pieces.
12. Wrap the other end of the second yarn color piece around the top of the clump a few times - I did 7.
13. When you get to the back again, stick the needle down behind the yarn you just wrapped.
14. Pull the needle and all of the yarn through - now the wrapped yarn is secured without needing to be knotted.
15. Cut the yarn off at the same length as the rest of the tassel.
16. Trim the tassel to the desired length. Voila!
Now let's make a yarn monogram tassel shade, shall we?
Axel isn't old enough to be afraid of the dark yet, so his isn't finished. I figure I have maybe 6 months.
Would you like to see what the bub was up to while I made these wreaths? You turn your back for a second to attach a tassel and...
he dumps the entire bag of garbage yarn bits all over himself and the floor. And then gets mad when you try to clean them up so he doesn't gag on them. Awesome.
And let's just refresh our memory, shall we?
Left = baaaaad
right = good!
Yea for yarn!