Adding a Pom Pom to a Scarf

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Cardboard

  • Standard lightweight yarn

  • Tapestry needle

If you would like to add a fun touch to a scarf, try creating a pom pom. This fashionable embellishment is made from yarn that is wrapped around a cardboard square, and is sewn in place on the scarf. Pom poms are also an ideal way of using up leftover yarn from a craft project. Make pom poms in contrasting colors and attach to each corner.

Making the Pom Pom

Step 1

Cut a square piece of cardboard to form the pom pom template. The square should have the same width as the size you would like your pom pom to be.

Step 2

Wrap the yarn around the template lengthwise. The more times you wrap the yarn, the denser the pom pom will be. Add yarn in two or more colors for an interesting look. Be sure to leave a long yarn end, of about 10 inches, on the pom pom for sewing up later.

Step 3

Slide the wrapped yarn off the cardboard and onto a flat surface, taking care not to allow the yarn to unwind. Cut a fresh piece of yarn and wrap around the middle of the pom pom. Tie firmly to secure in place.

Step 4

Cut the loops on the both ends and gently shake the pom pom gently to fluff it out. Trim off excess ends.

Attaching the Pom Pom

Step 1

Decide on where you would like to add the pom pom and position it in place. For instance, this could be in the center, on one end or in the corner.

Step 2

Thread the yarn tail (from Section 1, Step 2) through the tapestry needle and pull on the end to draw the pom pom firmly into place. On the underside of the scarf, tie the yarn tail into a knot.

Step 3

Weave the remaining yarn tail into the stitches of the scarf. This will give the pom pom added security. Guide the needle in and out of the stitches until it becomes invisible to the eye.


Loosely wrap the yarn around the template. If it is too tight, the pom pom will not slide off. Experiment with different types of yarn, like angora, chunky or cotton. Keep the cardboard template for future pom pom making.