HOW TO MAKE A FURRY POM POM

Faux fur is so trendy and pom poms are even more fashionable. I have always loved both, so for me, this is so much fun. I now feel like I am in vogue for a change. Will I look like I am in style when I am still wearing them ten years from now? No, but I probably will be; that’s how much I love them. They are so easy to make and the best part is that you can make them any size and color that you want. You do not have to search the internet for just the right ones. This could be a great stash project if you have leftover faux fur and poly-fil. It is one of those versatile projects that can be sewn with a sewing machine or by hand. In just a few minutes, you can be wearing cute pom poms too.

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Thank you to Fairfield World for donating the Poly-Fil and compensating me for this blog post series. Thank you to Shannon Fabrics for providing the inspiration and a discount on the fabric.

MATERIALS

A square of faux fur - mine was 8” and I used "Monkey Shag Fur" in baby pink by Shannon Fabrics

Poly-fil (large handful) by Fairfield World

Matching upholstery thread

Bamboo stick or something similar

Needles: standard sewing (hand or machine) and a curved upholstery needle

Optional: Cording or ribbon; cording foot

Sewing machine and supplies or hand sewing supplies

 

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Find something that is a circle with the diameter the same as you’re your square or draw a circle.

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A quilting circle template can be used.

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Trace the circle on the back of the faux fur.

STEP 2

Cut the faux fur circle using short snips on the back of the fur so as not to cut the long fur fibers or use the gliding technique as I use – like when you use your scissors on wrapping paper. Whichever method, do not cut with a rotary blade or cut all the way through the fur. This will result in cutting the fur and will leave the edges unnatural looking.

 Glide the scissor from the back. Do not cut the long fur fibers.

Glide the scissor from the back. Do not cut the long fur fibers.

 Gliding the scissors instead of cutting leaves the long fibers natural looking

Gliding the scissors instead of cutting leaves the long fibers natural looking

STEP 3

Sew around the perimeter of the fur circle. If you are sewing by hand, use a running stitch with a standard needle and upholstery thread. If you are sewing with a machine baste stitch with upholstery thread. If you are using cording, sew this with a wide zig-zag stitch on the machine. Upholstery or standard thread can be used. A cording foot is very helpful.

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The zig-zag stitch should be wide enough to not catch the cording.

STEP 4

Pull the basting stitches

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or the cording to form a ball from the circle. Leave a small opening.

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STEP 5

Fill the opening with as much poly-fil as you can fit inside the fur ball.

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STEP 6

Pull the stitches or the cording completely closed.

STEP 7

Using a curved upholstery needle, sew the opening closed by working from one side to the opposite side until the entire circle has been enclosed.

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If you are hand sewing, or did not use the zig zag stitch with the cording, you can fold a piece of cording in half and insert it into the opening before stitching. You can also use ribbon(s) inside the pom pom.

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Use a bamboo stick or some other item to pull the fibers out of the seam. 

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Enjoy decorating your world with easy peasy pom poms! Hang them off banners. Make a statement on a purse.Use them on winter accessories.

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Be creative!