Add a seat belt tassel to your Market Tote!

25 August


I am really excited to announce that I have (finally) added tassel kits to my shop!  I think the addition of a tassel bring the whole look of the Market Tote to a whole other level and they are fun and easy to make.

The tassel idea came from my amazing pattern tester, Nancy Spaulding. She mentioned that she wanted to purchase a tassel for her test bag. It got us thinking that maybe, just maybe tassels could be made from seat belt webbing,  and – Yes!  it works beautifully!

nancy's bag

Here’s the tassel Nancy made for her test bag which started the whole seat belt tassel craze! Thanks, Nancy!

So, after some trial, error, and hardware hunting, they are here in three styles: the fold over, the bell cap and the sleek drop.

The tassels kits can be ordered right along with your Market Tote Kit (you will see the option pop up as you order), or they can be ordered individually here.

Choosing the Right Tassel Style
The tassel style you choose depends on the size Market Tote you are making.

For a small size tote, stick to the fold over tassel because adding either of the hardware types will make the tassel far too long.

Fold over tassel on a small size bag

Fold over tassel on a small size bag

For a medium tote, I recommend either the fold over or the bell cap.  You can use the sleek drop tassel, just keep in mind that the amount webbing will have to be pretty short because the hardware itself is so long (see red bag below).

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Here’s a fold over tassel on a medium size bag


A bell cap tassel on a medium size bag

Here’s a sleek drop tassel on a medium bag

another example of the sleek drop tassel on a medium bag

another example of the sleek drop tassel on a medium bag

Large totes can accommodate any of the tassel styles.

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A sleek drop tassel on a large bag…

Whichever style you choose, I have no doubt it will add that extra special touch to your tote. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Here are the tutorials for each tassel style:

Fold Over Tassel
Bell Cap Tassel 
Sleek Drop Tassel



4 Responses to “Add a seat belt tassel to your Market Tote!”

  1. Priscilla September 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi, I bought the market tote pattern and would like to know if you have a tutorial for it?

    • Sarah Gido September 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      Hi Priscilla,
      Thanks for buying the pattern. I don’t have a tutorial for the tote, however, I am very happy to answer any questions you have. Let me know how I can help! sarah

  2. Mina LaFortune June 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    Love the tassel!
    I have a ton of D rings. What is the size that is used for the fold over tassel?


    • Sarah Gido June 15, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      Hi Mina,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The ones I have right now have an interior width of about 7/8″ and an interior height of about 5/8″. I have found that several kinds can work, but these that are larger are somewhat easier to get on. Hope that helps!! sarah

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