I have always made pom poms out of yarn, my little ladies have always made pom poms out of yarn, but last week my sister Robin challenged us to try making pom poms out of fabric. HMPH! Annoyed a little with myself for not thinking of this myself, we tried. So using some old clothing that both little ladies have out-grown, we started cutting long strips out of every fabric we could get our hands on.
We made pom poms from thin, airy cotton skirts-
Old flannel pajamas and I even tea stained some cotton bias tape to make some pom poms-
And a favorite cotton dress was made into a pom pom-
In case you are forgetting how easy it is to make pom poms, here are the instructions for a little reminder.
long strips of fabric
string or yarn
small sharp scissors
1. I used 6 30″ strips and 6 20″ strips; they are about 3/4 of an inch in width. The length really depends on where you are getting the fabric from; just be sure to cut them so they are manageable to put through the cardboard circles. The amount of fabric really depends on your preference on the size of the pom pom as well. You may not want to make the pom pom as thick as mine or you might want it to be thicker; experiment a bit.
2. Cut your circles from the cardboard; mine are 2 1/2 inch circles with a 1 1/2 inch circle cut from the center.
3. Put the circles on top of each other and start wrapping the cloth strips around the circles. When you reach the end of a strip be sure it is facing the outside of the circle, it will become part of the pom pom. Take notice where the end of the cloth strip is facing in the photo below-
4. Keep wrapping until the center is about 2/3 full. The smaller the inner circle, the thicker the pom pom.
5. Now for the hardest part, cutting through the many layers of fabric until you reach the cardboard circles. Small sharp scissors work the best for this step.
6. After cutting all the way around the the circle, place your twine (string or yarn) between the two cardboard circles and tie a few tight knots.
7. Remove the cardboard circles (I have to cut mine off) and fluff up your pom pom. Then add it to a package or make a pom pom tree like the little ladies and I have done.