Tassel-lation

Years ago, my aunt gave me a souvenir from her Europe cruise. It was a blue pouch with a tassel attached to the zipper. Both the tassel and the strap were made of faux leather. I love it because it looked classy and I could bring a few important items for short trips. It could fit my phone and tablet, a small sleeve for my money, IDs, and a tissue pack.

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However, the faux leather started to crack and fall apart. It became annoying because the leather flakes would fall off and leave traces everywhere.

DSC_7096The black specs are not dirt from my camera lens. Those are from the tassel and the strap.

I didn’t want to part ways with the pouch just yet so I decided to revamp it. The plan was to replace the tassel and cover the strap with yarn.

The tassel was secured by a screw and a dome-like zipper attachment. I used a small screwdriver (thanks, Dad!) and took off the tassel. Everything fell apart and I had to slice through the leather because it was stuck in the dome.

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I used this quick tutorial on how to create a DIY tassel. I was able to score a huge ball of yarn for only PhP25 from a Japan Surplus Shop. I have been looking for black yarn for months now but couldn’t find the perfect thickness and texture. The moment I saw the yarn while we were checking out old cabinets, I immediately bought it even if I needed only a few meters for the project.

I wrapped the yarn around recycled cardboard until I got to the desired volume.

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I tied a piece of yarn around the end of the loop before taking out the cardboard.

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After taking out the cardboard, another piece of yarn was tied around the clump of yarn to secure the tassel.

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The little lumpy part went in the metal dome and secured with a screw. My initial plan was to make sure that the screw went through the loop so that the yarn draped over the screw. I couldn’t see where the screw went, so… screw it (pun unintended).

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To finish up, I cut the looped string at the other end of the tassel.

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Tadah, my first ever tassel was a success.

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As for the strap, I planned to scrape off the leather and wrap it with yarn. But it was taking long to scrape all of the leather off. I ended up cutting the strap off. Maybe when I invest in a sewing machine in the future, I can return to this project and attach a replacement strap. For now, the pouch will be strapless.

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