How to Make Cheerleading Pom-Poms for Shoes


Cheerleading pom-poms show team spirit and are made of thin plastic or paper. Pom-poms are designed to be full so their motion is eye-catching and highlights the movements of the cheer squad. A coordinating accessory for cheerleading uniforms can be made to adorn shoes--smaller pom-poms to tie to laces or affix to the top eyelets. Pom-poms on shoes highlight kicks and foot maneuvers. Unlike pom-poms on knitted caps and scarves, cheerleading pom-poms for shoes do not appear as fluffy, complementing the handheld pom-poms.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn in team colors
  • Scissors
  • Assemble equal lengths of yarn in the team colors, at least 20 lengths, each 6 inches long. Cut an additional length of yarn in one of the desired colors. The combination of colors and the distribution of colors should match or be close to your team colors. For example, if your team colors are blue with white accents, 10 to 14 pieces of yarn should be blue and 6 to 10 pieces should be white.

  • Bundle the lengths of yarn together and fold in half. Tie the extra length of yarn tightly around the center of the bundle and secure with a slip knot. Release the bundle and check that the threads are centered before securing the slip knot with a double knot.

  • Cut the folded loop of yarn. Fluff the pom-pom so the center securing thread is not visible.

  • Repeat to form a set of four cheerleading pom-poms.

  • Trim the loose end of the securing thread and tie it to your shoe laces or the top eyelet.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can wear two pom-poms, one in each team color, on each shoe. To make a fuller pom-pom, use a few more lengths of yarn. Instead of yarn, you could use thin lengths of the same material as your hand-held pom-poms, using yarn to secure the center bundle.

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