On the second day of Christmas, Made for Mermaids gave to me.. pom poms for my beanie!!
Pom poms have always been a cute embellishment to beanies and scarfs, but this year faux fur ones seem to be everywhere and they are so easy to sew up yourself! You can use these pom poms for so many different items; sew them together and create a scarf, put them on a headband or hair tie, add to the back of our 90’s socks pattern or create a bunch of white ones for a indoor snowball fight! It goes perfectly with our FREE Beanie pattern from a few years ago. These are so quick and simple, you’ll love sewing them up!
- Scraps of Faux Fur or Minky
- Small amount of poly fill
- Needle and thread
LET’S GET STARTED!
Step 1: PREPPING
Go grab the pattern HERE! The pattern is 100% free, but you do need to add it to your cart and check out. Then, it will always be available to download from your account. The pattern is a no trim pattern; if you need help putting the pattern together, pop over to the faqs and troubleshooting page or ask in our Facebook group .
Print and assemble the pattern. Choose either the mini or jumbo pom pom. Only 1 piece to print and pattern layout is shown below.
You will need to cut 1 piece for each pom pom you want to create. Faux fur can be quite slippery and it sheds really badly, I have found that cutting from the back is the easiest and if you are using a light colored fabric you can even just trace your circle directly onto the back of your fabric.
Step 2: GATHERING YOUR POP POM
Thread your needle and knot the end to secure. Next run a gathering stitch all the way around the edge of your pom, 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the edge. You don’t need to be super precise here, just hand stitch all the way around. I like to double up my thread and leave it quite long so that I can use the same thread to sew my pom pom closed and attach it to my garment. NOTE: I really recommend not using your sewing machine for this step, besides the fur really shedding all over your machine you really want a strong thread or a double strand as faux fur tends to be fairly thick and you don’t want your thread to break will you are gathering.
Once you have basted all the way around gently start pulling your thread and gathering your pom pom to form a ball.
Step 3: STUFFING AND CLOSING
Now that you have formed a round shape we are going to stuff the pom pom with a bit of poly fill to give it some structure. Don’t over stuff! You need to allow a bit of room to sew your pom pom together. Once you have your pom pom stuffed you are going to tighten your basting stitches as much as you can by gently pulling on the thread. Be careful to not pull too tightly, you don’t want to break that thread! Once you have it pulled closed, hand sew the opening closed and tie off the thread to hold it closed.
Step 4: FINISHING
Your pom pom is all done! Now hand sew it onto your beanie or whatever you would like to attach it too. Our beanie pattern can be found here and looks great with a faux fur pom pom. Stay tuned we just may have another freebie that the pom pom is going to work perfectly with 😉