I’ve been reading and watching videos for a while now about making my own faux fur pom poms but never got on the pom pom wagon… until today. There are so many different versions out there that I decided to try two very different ways.
The first thing you need is the faux fur. You can get this at most stores where fabric is sold. I got mine at Joann’s. Now, this is NOT cheap stuff. It was $40 a yard. I got a 1/4 of a yard and with 30% off it only cost me $7.
I want to talk about the different ways to make these. I tried a circular piece of fabric and then I tried a rectangular one.
Pretty cool, right? Ok, let’s start with the more popular way, the circular version. If you do a search for it, it’ll pop up everywhere.
I used a DVD (Like my dvd? Don’t fret, it’s an older version that doesn’t work. I have THREE of them. I wear them out faster than most kids can with their favorite movies and then I can’t stand to part with them) to outline my circle.
And then I raised up the back of the fabric up off the fur a bit and carefully cut the circle out. Then I used some bead thread to sew around the edges so I can pull it closed. You could use embroidery thread if you’d like but I couldn’t find mine.
I stuffed it with filler before I pulled it tight and tied it shut. It was very simple and straightforward.
Now let’s begin the harder pom pom with the rectangular piece of fabric. I found this version on youtube here. I cut a 2.5 x 8 inch piece of fabric and then I stitched up one side. I did secure the thread to the fabric before I started sewing.
And then I folded it right side in and pulled tight. When I was done pulling it very tight, I tied a knot in it to keep it tight before moving on.
Then I stitched up the sides together really well and turned the piece of fabric right side out.
We are almost done now. Lol. I sewed the edge up just like I did with the circular piece of fabric. I stuffed it and then I tied it off.
Ok, so here’s what we have. The rectangular pom pom is on the left and the circular one is on the right.
I would say there’s not much difference and the rectangular one took me twice as long and I broke my thread pulling it too tight (I will be buying embroidery thread tomorrow). BUT, and there’s a BIG but…. You will get twice as many pom poms with the rectangular pieces. Check it out. I can get two rectangles to one circle. And I can even get one more rectangle across so I can get five rectangular pieces or two circular pieces.
That is a huge deal considering how much this faux fur cost me. Wouldn’t you think so? I even put one of my pom poms on a hat I made today.
I hope I explained this well enough. Please let me know if you have any questions.