DIY: Tassel Beach Bag

By now you've probably noticed that the tassel trend is huge!  Tassels are on jewelry, handbags and even skirt hems! I recently saw a tassel beach bag at Anthropologie for $150 (pictured here) and thought, "I can do that for waaaay cheaper!" Now, I love Anthro like the next girl, but I was set on recreating this trendy bag for less than $50. wanted to add tassels to a simple straw tote that I could easily remove when the trend has passed and still have a great beach bag.  So here's how I did it!

Supplies:

  • 4-6 colors of embroidery floss ($1/color)
  • 20 large gold jump rings ($1.39/pack of 30)
  • Flat nose pliers- jewelry tools ($3.84/pliers) ** I used two pliers for better handling but you can get away with just using one pair and use your fingertips to grasp the opposite side seen in step 3
  • Scissors
  • Straw beach tote (preferably one with an open weave as seen here on Amazon)
 Supplies minus tote

Supplies minus tote

Step 1:  

Start by choosing a colored thread and begin wrapping in a loop around your fingers (2-4 fingers depending on how long you want the tassels).  Make sure to leave one end free while wrapping. 

 I used 1/3 of the string for each tassel. 

I used 1/3 of the string for each tassel. 

Step 2: 

Take the loose end of the thread and wrap it around the bundle of thread about one centimeter away from the top of the loop.  You'll then tie it off to secure the tassel.  With your scissors, cut along the bottom of the loop while continuing to grasp the top of the thread.  

 I trimmed the bottom for a fringed look. Notice the knot placement at the top, leaving room for a small loop where you'll attach the jump ring. 

I trimmed the bottom for a fringed look. Notice the knot placement at the top, leaving room for a small loop where you'll attach the jump ring. 

Step 3:  

To open your jump ring, make sure to follow the picture below.  Do not pull apart the ring horizontally.  Take both pairs of pliers and place each on either side of the opening.  If you're using only one pair of pliers, grasp one side of the jump ring firmly with your fingertips.  To open, rotate one pair of pliers away from you and one towards you.  See the after picture below for reference.  Opening a jump ring incorrectly can ruin the ring shape and it will not be able to close correctly.  

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Step 4:  

Take the open jump ring and place it through the top loop of your tassel.  

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Step 5:  

Now loop the jump ring through an open weave in your straw tote. Once attached to the tote, close the jump ring in the opposite manner of opening it.  

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Step 6:  

Continue Steps 1-5 for each color and tassel.  You can choose placement and amount of tassels you'd like to attach.  

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Finished product:  

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