Have you guys seen the Spring 2015 J Crew collection yet? They unveiled it a couple months ago at NYFW, but I'm still thinking about it. In typical J Crew fashion, it had me wishing I could win the lottery so I could simply buy out an entire store. Or just rob one (sans lottery of course).
They had these rope belts that especially caught my eye. You know the ones?
Ugh. They make me giddy. Especially the tassel. I'm on a tassel kick and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Tassels make everything more party party, no? But since these belts aren't coming out until spring and I'm not exactly the patient type (ok, I lied again, I'm totally the patient type except for when it comes to DIY-able fashion because then I get all Veruca Salt and start whining about how I want it no0ow) I decided to DIY one because it looked oh so easy. And trust me, it was.
And cute too. And do you know what's even better? It was cheap! Like $10 cheap.
4 skeins embroidery floss
2 yards twisted cord (I got my cord from my trusty G Street Fabrics but you can find similar stuff at Fabric.com)
Masking tape (all I could find was painter's tape but it works too)
Fray check (optional)
- Start by making your tassel. Grab two skeins of floss and pull out extra long tails from each. Holding the threads together (as if they were one thread) wrap around your hand about 20 times until you reach the desired thickness. This will give you an extra thick tassel.
- Remove thread from your hand and cut threads from skeins making sure they are at least 12 inches long.
Using the remainder of one of your skeins (thread should be about 40 inches long. Don't cut it, you want it to be extra long to wrap around the ends of your belt), tie the tassel in a knot at the top so the bunch is gathered at one end.
- Using the two 12-inch threads from step 3, bind the neck of the tassel.
- Secure the neck by knotting it, then incorporate this thread into the body of the tassel along with the other threads. Cut open the end of the bundle and trim any stray threads so they are all the same length. Place tassel aside.
- Tie rope around your waste and test for fit. I ended up trimming my rope by about 12 inches. Make sure you bind the rope with tape where you're going to cut to prevent fraying. If you have rope that especially wants to fray despite taping the ends, apply fray check but be sure to leave the tape in place.
- Apply a small amount of crazy glue directly over top the taped end of your belt. While holding your tassel up to the end, begin wrapping the extra long threads (from Step 3) around the tape. Be sure to cover so that no tape shows through. If your thread slips, apply a little more crazy glue as needed. Once you have wrapped the bottom 1-inch of belt, finish by feeding the tail underneath the wrapped portion with a needle.