We've been seeing faux-fur pom poms everywhere lately—they're so cute! They add a touch of chic to any knit hat pattern.
If you want written directions for this project, here you go!
Making the Pom Pom
1. Cut your template out of cardboard. Kelley cut a 2" circle, a 3.5" circle, a 4.5" circle, and a 5.5" circle, to make tiny to large pom poms. Just trace around cups, mugs, bowls, etc.
2. Place the template on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around it with a Sharpie.
3. Cut out the circle. Try to cut "shallowly," catching just the fabric and not the faux fur. Sharp scissors help a lot!
4. Thread a sharp tapestry needle with sock yarn, embroidery floss, or two strands of strong thread. Stitch a basting stitch all around the piece of fur about 1/4" from the edge, leaving 1/8" to 1/4" between each stitch.
5. Pull on each end of the thread to gather the edges of the fur until you have a cup shape.
6. Put a small ball of fiberfill in the cup, pull the thread tight, and knot the ends securely.
7. Comb out the pom pom to release any of the fur that was caught in the stitching process.
8. Shake the pom pom to fluff it, and voila!
Kelley's collection of homemade pom poms! You can get lots of
different faux-fur fabric to make a huge variety of pom poms.
Easy-peasy! I'm definitely going to try this to dress up my knit hat patterns. This is a great activity to do with your knit group, and you could also make a bunch for gifts and give them to your knitting buddies as a neat surprise. I just love this idea!
Pretty cool, right? I think these faux-fur pom poms are as easy, if not easier, to make than yarn pom poms.
Shop owner Kelley figured out how to make these at home, easily and inexpensively, with faux-fur fabric from the fabric store and items she had around the house. She's so clever.
Here's a video of the process.
Kelley filmed a video showing how to make your pom poms detachable so you can take them off to launder the hat!
I hope you'll try this fun, crafty project.
Kelley shows you how to knit the Left Twist. This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.
I use circular needles pretty much exclusively, and all my knitting friends do, too. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is that circular needles are more readily available these days than straight needles. They're also easier to knit with than straight needles because they don't hit the table or your lap while you're knitting (does this happen to anyone else?) and you won't lose one of them!
There are many things to consider when choosing circular needles, and I'm going to compare materials and brands, as well as talk a little about the interchangeable sets we offer. Whether you prefer metal, wood, or bamboo, we've got circular needles for you.
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