Faux Fur Pom Pom Tutorial

I love the faux fur pom pom trend, and swoon over all the pretty colored ones that pop up on my Instagram feed, but I have an inherently annoying habit of looking at something and thinking, “Oh, I could make that.”

So…I decided to take a stab at making my own.  I love the look of the longer fur poms, but was disappointed in the way they first looked when I made them myself.  The fibers looked all clumpy and didn’t resemble the plush flowy poms on my Instagram feed.  I tried simply brushing the poms, and that worked for a bit, but they always went back to looking clumpy after a while.

I also had issues figuring out the exact way to stitch the poms up.  Most tutorials I had found just called for a needle and thread but I kept having mine break after a while or while attaching to my hats.

So I fine tuned these pom poms, learned a few tricks along the way and want to share them with you all!

Before you can start out you’ll need to get some faux fur.  I really recommend getting some from your local craft store so that you can get the best idea of what the fur quality is like.  Pictures don’t always do it justice.  If you need to buy it online, then I know Etsy has a lot of good quality looking fur available, and you can also purchase from Joann Fabrics and have it delivered.  I would just recommend checking out reviews to see if anyone mentions success of making pom poms with that fabric before purchasing.

I also recommend medium or long pile fabric.  I tend to lean towards the long pile, but it ultimately comes down to your preference.  I have found that the medium pile fabrics do not often require the extra step of conditioning, but they don’t have that long flow-y look.  fullsizeoutput_606

I have listed the 3 sizes I typically use to make my pom poms, but if you like extra large pom poms, feel free to use a larger circular object.  The small works great for baby and toddler beanies, and I will usually mix up the medium and large size for adult beanies depending on how it looks with that particular hat.

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My last note before starting is that in the list of items needed, I mention that you can use fiber fill OR other scrap fabric and yarn to stuff your pom poms.  This is again your personal preference, but if you are going to be conditioning your pom poms, I wouldn’t recommend stuffing with anything but the fiber fill.  It’s much lighter and breaths better, which will help when you are drying the pom poms.

So without further ado, let’s get to it.

Here’s What You’ll Need

1/4 Yard of Long Fiber Faux Fur (will make approximately 10 large pom poms)

A Thin Sharpie (or pen)

4″ Diamater Bowl, Lid or Other Round Object (for tracing Large Pom)

4.5″ Diamater Bowl, Lid or Other Round Object (for tracing Large Pom)

5.5″ Diamater Bowl, Lid or Other Round Object (for tracing Large Pom)

An X-Acto or Razor Knife

Metal Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Scissors

Fiber Fill (or scrap yarn/ faux fur fabric)

Dog Slicker Brush

Hair Conditioner

Blow Dryer/ Drying Machine

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Completed Measurements 

Small= 7″ around

Medium= 8″ around

Large= 9″ around

Tutorial 

  1. Flip the Fabric over so that the back is facing you, trace your bowl, lid or other round object with your maker or pen.fullsizeoutput_5ed
  2. Using you X-Acto / Razor knife, very gently cut the back of the fabric.  Take care to just cut the lining, and not the fibers on the other side of your fabric.  You want them to remain long and intact.
  3. Gently brush the edges of your circle with the dog slicker brush to remove any loose fibers
  4. Use your metal embroidery needle and embroidery floss to weave in and out around the perimeter of your circle.  About 1/8″ in from the edge.
  5. Pull Embroidery floss, stuffing with a moderate amount of fiber fill as you go.  Completely tighten and tie off.  Make sure to not over stuff as this will stretch the fabric and expose some sparse looking spots.
  6. Use embroidery needle to weave both ends of the floss further away from each other.  I like to have an approximate 1/2″ gap between the two strands.
  7. (Optional) Use a small amount of hair conditioner and rub into the fibers of the pom.  Rinse with warm water and squeeze out all excess yarn.
  8. (Optional cont.) Using a towel and or hair dryer, dry the pom pom until almost completely dry. IMG_1069
  9. (Optional cont.) Continue drying with hair dryer while brushing with dog slicker brush until completely dry.
  10. Your pom pom is now complete!

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and get a chance to make plenty of them for all of your favorite wearables!

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