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Add a Pop of Color to Your Patio With a DIY Tassel Pillow

Jun 11, 2017 By Jo-Ann
Add a Pop of Color to Your Patio With a DIY Tassel Pillow

By Faith Towers, Houzz

Throw Pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to add a hit of vibrant color to your patio or porch seating areas this spring. Follow along to create a tassel-embellished throw pillow that will be tough enough to survive the summer outside.

Outdoor Pillow

Design Fixation [Faith Towers], original photo on Houzz

Materials and Tools
• A half yard of solid outdoor fabric
• A quarter yard of patterned outdoor fabric
• 60 feet of 2-millimeter-thick parachute cord
• Candle and matches
• Painter’s tape
• 3 feet of 26-gauge wire (or similar)
• Wire cutters
• Scissors
• Pins
• Thread
• Measuring tape
• Super glue
• 18-by-18-inch pillow insert
• Sewing machine

Assemble the Tassels

1. Remove the parachute cord from one package. Without unraveling the cord, cut the bundle in half to create 8-inch-long pieces.

Outdoor Pillow

Design Fixation [Faith Towers], original photo on Houzz

2. Separate the pieces into small bundles to create the individual tassels. You’ll need 10 to 20 pieces of cord for each tassel, depending on the width of the parachute cord and how thick you’d like your tassels to be. I used 14 pieces of 2-millimeter-thick cord to create bundles that were each about three-quarters of an inch thick.

Wrap another 8-inch piece around the center of each bundle of cords and tie a square knot around that point. The knotted center will become the top of the tassel.

3. Fold the cluster in half where you’ve tied it and measure three-quarters of an inch down from the folded point. Wrap an 8-inch piece of wire around the bundle at this point. Continue wrapping the wire as tightly as you can and then tuck the end into the middle of the tassel.

Outdoor Pillow

Design Fixation [Faith Towers], original photo on Houzz

4. Cut a 12-inch piece of parachute cord from the second package and wrap it around the wire, tying the end around itself. Tuck the end into the middle of the tassel and use a dot of super glue to secure it.

5. Trim the uneven ends off the tassel.

6. Parachute cord will fray, so you’ll need to melt the tip of each cord. Light a candle and simply wave the very tip of each piece of cord through the flame for a split second. Repeat this for both ends of each length of cord.

Follow these same instructions to make five more tassels. You can use the cord from the second package if you need extra tassels.

Outdoor Pillow

Design Fixation [Faith Towers], original photo on Houzz

Assemble the Pillow Cover

1. Cut two 18-by-18-inch pieces of the printed fabric. Cut two 18-by-15-inch pieces of the solid fabric.

Fold over one of the 18-inch edges of a piece of the printed fabric 1 inch and pin in place. Repeat with the second piece of printed fabric.

2. Sew the turned edge of one of these pieces three-quarters of an inch from the fold. Do not sew the second piece yet.

3. Fold over one of the 18-inch edges of one of the solid pieces three-quarters of an inch; pin and then sew along this edge one-half of an inch from the fold. Do not sew the second solid piece yet.

Outdoor Pillow

Design Fixation [Faith Towers], original photo on Houzz

4. Lay out the printed rectangle that has been pinned and not sewn, and place it right side down on your work surface. Spread out your tassels evenly along the folded edge (about 2½ inches apart). Tape them to the fabric at the top of each tassel tie.

5. Place this piece, printed side up, on top of the solid piece that hasn’t been sewn so the tassels hang over the top of the solid piece of fabric. Adjust the pieces so the length from the top of the printed piece to the bottom of the solid piece measures 18 inches. Pin in place just above the tassels.

6. Sew along the pinned fabric one-half of an inch above the fold on the printed piece. Set your machine to a smaller stitch for this seam so that the tassels will be very secure. Remove the tape from the back.

Outdoor Pillow

Design Fixation [Faith Towers], original photo on Houzz

7. Place the tassel piece right side up on your work surface. Place the hemmed printed piece down next, face down, on top of the patterned fabric with the hem at the bottom.

Place the remaining solid piece on top of the printed fabric, face down, to align with the first solid fabric piece. Pin all the fabric together around the perimeter. Because the two pieces without tassels are not sewn together, you will create an opening where you can insert your pillow form.

8. Sew a one-half-inch-wide seam along the pinned perimeter. Turn the piece right side out, using the opening between the two back pieces. Then stuff the pillow insert inside.

Related: Decorate New Patio Furniture With DIY Pillows

Note: As long as you use strong fabric made for outdoor conditions, this pillow should be quite durable. Just be sure to bring it inside during the winter.

Feel free to experiment with outdoor fabric in different colors and patterns and parachute cord in different colors.

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