Sure, making tassels the normal way isn´t hard. But when it comes to mini stuff, sometimes it can be handy to have a wee shortcut or easier way of doing things. So, after I´ve spent a few hours embroidering a mini pillow, I feel like it should be pretty much over. I really don´t like finishing pillows...
Today, I´ll show you how I do finish pillows. It´s neat, fast, easy, decent looking and I´m quite sure it´s not in any way original.
And here´s our model piece, my own pattern again, and it´s the logo of my Etsy shop. Once the needlework was finished, I cut the canvas down to about 1cm or just under 1/2 inch around the picture, folded the allowance to the back and basted them in place with different, easy to see thread. It´s important to leave both knots on the face of the pillow, makes it easy to remove the basting stitches after.
Next, place the knots on the pillow´s corners so that each of the stranded cottons runs along one (different) side. This creates a neat piping effect. Don´t forget to put a matching back to the other side of your needlework, ultrasuede or felt works great. Pick thread in a colour contrasting with the tassels, hide your starting knot on the inside of the pillow and go around the sides in vertical hemming stitch, catching both front and back side of the pillow and the "piping". When you get to the corners without a tassel, just stitch around it and leave the floss hanging. Leave one side opened and stuff the pillow - stuff it gently, you don´t want a fat ball with tassels! Sew it closed, carefully tie the two remaining knots. Remove the iffy basting stitches. Trim all your tassels to the desired length and fluff them up a bit. Voila, insta tassels!
In case anyone is interested in the cat and full moon pattern, I´ll put it up here with my next post. Have a sweet day!