It’s been sooo cold here lately (and everywhere across the country, it seems). So, I’m doing my best to stay warm with today’s cozy winter project.
I upgraded a $20 knit throw with a little yarn and the end result is a uniquely textured blanket with a pop of color. And there’s even not a single pom pom in sight. Not that I don’t love a good pom pom DIY. It’s a DIY tassel blanket!
The inspiration? Last month, I spotted a cute blanket while I was out shopping. And while I like the Anthro version that I found, it wasn’t in the colors I wanted OR the price (at over $100). Also, it’s now sold out.
So, I found a similar knit blanket and decided to DIY my own version, which cost roughly five times less than the original. Bonus – I was able to make it in a custom color scheme that worked better for my living room setup at the studio.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY tassel blanket…
- knit blanket or throw (mine is from Target and was $19.99)
- thick yarn in various colors
- washi tape or painters tape
Instructions for DIY tassel blanket…
1. First, map out where you want the tassels to be on your blanket. I used a piece of painters tape (you can also use washi tape) to represent each tassel, so I could figure out placement before getting started. I just lis out the blanket flat and then added a piece of tape everywhere I wanted a tassel. You don’t have to plan it out ahead like this, but I think its makes the process easier to do it this way.
2. Then, start cutting pieces of yarn into equal lengths for tassels. The length will be determined by how long you want the tassels to be, multiplied by 2. So for example, I wanted my tassels to be about 6 inches long, so I cut each piece of yarn to 12 inches in length. FYI – You’ll cut a lot of pieces of yarn to get all the pieces you need for this tassel project. I think each tassel clump I created took about 20 pieces of yarn.
I ended up using 4 different colors of yarn for my tassels, but you could do as many colors as you like. Or use only one color. Up to you.
3. Now it’s time to start attaching the yarn. It’s really easy to attach by hand, but you will need a knit blanket like I mentioned in the supplies list so that you can easily pull apart the weave enough to allow for the yarn.
To start adding the yarn, I just strung it through the holes in the weaving and then knotted (or double knotted if you prefer) the yarn once it had been pulled halfway through. As shown in the photo. With each new piece of yarn, go through a nearby but new hole in the blanket to make it look like one big tassel. Once you’ve reached the desired thickness with one tassel, move on to the next section.
4. Repeat step 3 over and over again until the entire blanket it covered. Trim any excess yarn to make the tassels even (if desired) and it’s ready to use.
Is it super cold in your city right now? Think you’ll give this blanket DIY a try?