DIY Tasseled Love Pillow – a finish fifty project

Making this pillow has been on my finish fifty project list since last year when I first started brainstorming fun finger knit projects. The long finger knit chain just asks to be turned into letters.  For some reason, I never got around to executing on it–I guess it was just waiting in my notebook for a Valentine’s Day 2013 execution.

Frankly, I’m in love with this tasseled love pillow. I used basic duck canvas and some pretty cheap-o varigated yarn that Baillie had started finger knitting. He wasn’t entirely happy that I co-opted it for this pillow, but I got him going on something new :). This pillow is 30 x16, nice and big.  It would be cute with any word, in any colors–your kiddo’s name, peace, fun, happy, etc, etc. Even though, I finished the five fabulous finger-knit series here, I’m adding it as a bonus project–how could I not?

Literally, though, the tassels were my favorite part.  I’m so glad they have come raging back into prominence, because how much fun are they! The how-to for the tassels is below as well.


I might just have to add these tassels to more pillows around the house.

The pillow was a relatively quick and easy make, too.  Give it a whirl! Here’s the diy:


Materials
finger knit yarn
scissors
thread
needle
sewing machine (optional)
wire (20 guage)
1 yard duck cloth (canvas)
stuffing (I used two 16×16 pillow forms and a towel)
additional yarn for tassels
4″ piece of cardboard for tassels

Fingerknit a length of yarn long enough to form the word you want.

Uncurl the finger knitting chain and thread the wire through the middle of it.  It doesn’t really matter where you thread it, just keep it consistent.

Entwine one end of the wire in one end of the fingerknitting so you have a fixed starting point.

Form your letters. Leave a length of wire and finger knitting at the end of the word for now. 
Sew your letters with the wire to your canvas, stretching the finger knitting around the wire as you go, so as to hide the wire and twist the finger knitting so it has a nice appearance.
Once you get to the end of the word, you can trim the wire and the fingerknitting.  Simply cut the finger knitting an inch from where you want it to end.

Pull out the extra bits and undo a couple rows until you get a few inches of remaining yarn, thread it through the finger knitting length and pull.

I thought it looked knice to have the starting and ending bits of yarn sewn down as well.

Here it is all sewn down on the duck cloth.

I measured the length of pillow I wanted (30 x16) and added 1/2 inch on each side for a seam allowance, keeping the word centered in the middle.

Cut another piece of duck cloth the same size.  Pin the two together right sides facing each other.  Your word should be sandwiched in the middle.

Pin and then sew around the entire pillow with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  You can use your machine, but you could also hand sew this if you wanted. Leave a 10″ opening to turn it inside out.

Trim the corners and iron the seams open.

Make the tassels:
Cut a piece of yarn about six inches long first.

Wrap yarn around something approximately four inches long.  I wrapped the yarn 40 times around. Leave the ball of yarn attached.  Don’t cut yet!

Tuck your six inch piece of yarn under your loops.

Still don’t cut the ball of yarn away yet.  Pull the circle of yarn off your cardboard. Tie a knot in your 6″ length of yarn around the top of the loops.

Now, take the yarn going to the ball and twist it around the top of your loops. Tighten it on to the loops about 3/4″ down.  Repeat this process 10 times, pulling tightly each time.  Pull out your 6″ length of yarn each time so it doesn’t get caught down.

It should look like this.

Now cut the other end of the loops.

Yay!  Tassels.  These make me so happy.

Attach the tassels to the pillow by bringing the top ties on the tassel through the corner of each pillow separately.

Tie them in a square knot on the inside of the pillow.

Voila, almost there!

Stuff the pillow and sew the remaining open seam closed, using a blind stitch. Take a little bite of the fabric under the fold, then go directly across to the other side, take a little bite of fabric and repeat.
Yipee!! You’re done! Allie was over the moon about this one.  She put it on her bed immediately. 

Happy Valentines!  We’re off to New Orleans this weekend for the Super Bowl.  I still can’t believe its my husband’s job to be on the Ravens Team!  Go RAVENS!

  1. angie

    this is really really cute!!

  2. Anonymous

    Very cute! This would make a lovely Valentine’s gift for my tween daughter. I think your “Finish Fifty” project is actually growing my list, lol.

    • anne

      ha ha – your comment made me lol!

  3. Thank you so much for this great idea! I have so many tassels lying around and now I know what to do with them :)

  4. I love this! And I feel inspired to go finish something already!

  5. AstroValley

    Whoa! What? Your husband is on the Ravens? I’ve only been reading your blog for awhile, so maybe I missed this information in some prior post. I live in the Bay Area so can’t say I’m cheered by knowing you’re a Ravens fan. Not that I’m a Niner fan, mind you, but a member of the Raider Nation. Luckily I’m so enamored with your finger knitting projects, I can overlook your football affiliation. Have a great time at the Super Bowl. I’ll be home, watching the commercials and maybe doing a bit of finger knitting.

    • anne

      lol! Yes! My husband works for the Ravens – he is the Director of Football Analytics there. Moneyball for football if you saw that Brad Pitt movie. That is why we recently moved to Baltimore. I’m glad my team affiliation won’t affect your interest in my blog ;). We can all make beautiful things no matter what team we root for. have fun knitting!~

  6. Wow, what a great way to use the fingerknitting our daughter is mass-producing at the moment! Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. Anonymous

    sitting here in the UK on a grey wet day with the tailend of the flu, your project has brought a smile to my face. Simple yet beautiful, love the colours of the yarn. I may even muster up the energy to start finger knitting now….

    • anne

      what a sweet comment. I hope you are feeling better and get some good finger knitting done!

  8. Christa

    this is brilliant! we have snakes and snakes of finger knitting lying around, and couldn’t figure out what to do with it – til now:) good luck to the ravens!

    • anne

      Yay Christa! Glad you’ll find a good use! Go RAVENS!

  9. Camille

    You are so clever!! <3

  10. Aw, so cute! I used to love finger knitting when I was a kid. I think I’ll have to break out the old…fingers and give it another go.

  11. Oh wow that cushion looks stunning!! I wish I could create something as beautiful as that!!

    • anne

      Thank you so much Charlotte! You can make something that beautiful! Just follow the directions :)

  12. pat

    bonjour
    j’adore votre site et grace à vos photos j’arrive à comprendre les explications
    merci!!!!!!!!!!

  13. This pillow is adorable! I don’t see what the towel is used for in the directions. Help!! Thank you

    • anne

      Thanks! I used the towel for stuffing. :) I’m glad you like it!!

    • Thank you Anne. This will be my first finger knitting project!!! Yay!! I am going to use a square 16×16 pillow form. Do I need to use a towel? If I need a towel what size and thickness should I use? I am going to put peace on my pillow. So how long and wide should my finger knitting peace be? Would you keep the tassels the same size and thickness?? Thank you so much for your help and such a wonderful project #!!

    • anne

      If you are doing just a square pillow, you don’t need the towel. I used the towel to merge two pillow forms. Peace will be great. I would just make the peace a size to fit the pillow. You may need to do it diagonally. If the word doesn’t fit, you may need to make the pillow bigger. I would play with the tassels and see what you think fits best. Start with them longer and trim as needed. I’m so glad you are making the pillow!!

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