Those ball-shaped embellishments called pompoms can add a touch of whimsy to practically any surface. They’re typically associated with children’s crafts, but who says the rest of us can’t join in on the fun?
This tutorial will show you how to add a faux-fur pompom to a basic beanie — perfect for staying stylishly warm during the cooler months. The best part? You can make the pompom detachable, giving you a 2-in-1 accessory.
Sewing needle and thread
Pin back (optional)
Strong craft glue (Such as E6000)
Faux fur fabric (at least 5 inches x 5 inches/ 12.7 centimeters x 12.7 centimeters)
1. Trim the faux fur into a circle measuring about 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters) in diameter. Don’t worry about trying to get it perfect; this pompom technique is very forgiving!
2. Prepare the needle with a 50-inch (127 centimeter) strand of thread. Let the needle fall to the middle of the thread and tie a double knot at the end.
3. Insert the needle through the “right” side and out the “wrong” side.
4. Insert the needle back through the fabric, creating a loose stitch about 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) long. Reinsert the needle about 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) from the first stitch.
5. Repeat Steps 3 & 4 to create a second stitch.
6. Continue stitching around the entire circumference of the circle. Keep the stitches loose and about 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) away from each other.
7. After you stitch around the entire circle, pull the thread to gather the faux fur.
8. Continue pulling until the edge bunches together.
9. Pull tightly and add a few stitches to secure the opening of the pompom.
10. Tie a double knot. Trim off the excess thread.
11. Optional: For a removable pompom, glue a pin back to the bottom of the pompom. Let it dry completely.
Note: For a permanently attached pompom, stitch or glue it directly to the beanie.
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez
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