Our Inspired Design Challenge is starting to wind down but we still have a few more inspired projects to share with you all! This week we’re being inspired by Anthropologie. I’ve been a long time admirer of the store and used to shop there back when I was also in the habit of spending well over $100 on a pair of jeans (read, my pre-kid years : P). Though my budget has evolved my admiration has not. I saw these pillows while browsing online and they stopped me in my tracks. They’re sorta everything I love about Anthropologie, a unique combination of fun, whimsy, and worldly charm. This project came together pretty easily for me. I had picked up a $3 pillow cover at Ikea on a whim thinking I could do some experimenting. And experimenting I did! I had the string on hand, too so all I had to do was go out and pick up some embroidery floss. At 30 cents a piece I picked up about $10 worth so the whole pillow cover came out to $13 total. To make each tassel, I used one and a half spools of embroidery floss and string. You’ll also need some item to wrap your floss around. I used some leftover cardboard from the pillow tag. Keep in mind the width of your object will dictate the length of your tassel. You don’t necessarily have to use cardboard but I recommend using something pliable and you’ll see why in a bit. Wrap your embroidery floss around and around your object then slip your string through (this is why it’s easier to use a pliable material) and tie a knot. Then cut the ends and use some matching embroidery floss to tie the top of the tassel. This is purely decorative. Then trim the edges to get the tassel shape you want. Then repeat, repeat, repeat until you get a whole boatload of tassels: Making tassels is easy but it does take a bit of time especially when creating this many tassels. I poked two tiny holes in my pillow cover for each tassel. My advice here would be to measure out and mark where each tassel will go. I didn’t and some sides have an extra tassel and others not enough—oops! Then I threaded each hole with a string and tied it nice and tight. I used string but you could just as easily use the same colored embroidery floss for a more polished look. Since I knew this pillow was for Anak’s room, I had a feeling he might feel the way about the tassels that I feel about a scraggly thread on my hemline—it just screams, ‘Pull me!’ Overall, I was quite pleased with my tassel pillow. I think if I were to make this pillow again, I would have made each tassel even larger and longer and made even more tassels. My pillow looks a bit skimpy on the tassels. Anak really likes his new pillow and even told me he thinks it’s cute (but he’s been getting a bit manipulative with his compliments lately so I’m taking that with a grain of salt!). Still yet, Anak wasn’t the only one enamored with the results :P
Embroidery floss added up quickly—what do you use to make tassels? What is your favorite use of tassels?