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Fluffy Fabric Pom Poms

Updated on June 21, 2011

There's this pricey little boutique in our neighborhood. You know the kind; the one you stand in front of and look longingly through the window at all the loveliness displayed before you; knowing that there's no way you can afford the $340 sandals winking at you from their lofty perch even if you went without your daily coffee for the next 10 months which, let's get real here, is so not going to happen. I actually bought a couple of things there when I was in the black (eons ago) but now that I'm mostly in the red, it's just window shopping for me.

Yesterday, I decided to go in and browse and my eye was caught by several super cute fabric pom poms here and there throughout the store; attached to a leather clutch, a long chain necklace, pinned to a sweater.

$25! Not kidding.

And of course, my crafty mind immediately said, "I can make this!" and that's what I did as soon as I got home.

Here's what you'll need:

self healing mat
rotary cutter
acrylic ruler
coordinating fabric (2-3)
ribbon, cording, lace for the tie
beads (optional)


Gather your fabrics together. I went with three but you could use two or even just one depending on what you're thinking to use the pom for. The one's at the store were solid jewel tones - deep red and orange mixed together. Pretty.

Then start cutting. Obviously, I didn't have a tape measure with me so I just guess-timated. The first pom I made had uniform fabric strips of 1" x 7" which turned out big and flouncy and the second was 1" x 6".

I didn't count how many strips I made of each but, obviously, the more you have the fuller your pom. You could even have more of one color and less of others; they'd just be accents. Once everything is cut to your liking, lay them out in the order you want on top of whatever you're going to use to tie your pom together.

Tie it up nice and tight and then just start fluffing it out and twisting and turning until it's just the way you like it. I added beads to the end of my string just to pretty it up and you can use any type of fabric you have on hand from your stash. 7/8" ribbon would be a pretty accent. Not completely sure about burlap even though I have some 1" x 5" strips waiting for me on the counter; I think it might fray too much.

Put one on top of a package, embellish a piece of jewelry, tie it to a belt. Lots of fun possibilities! Oh! I almost forgot. My cost? $0!!!

For more creative ideas, visit my craft blog and get inspired!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Annalea Magana, Didn't know my flops didn't get in the post. Sorry about that. I still love this hub. It's funny the little things they sale for so much money in boutiques, when their so easy to make.

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      Annalea Magana 6 years ago from California

      great idea, moonlake, to put a smaller version on flip flops. for little girls and big girls too.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Love your hub...Make them smaller and tie to a little girls flip.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      $25 each? What a joke! I'm like you, Annalea. Even when I had money to spare, I resisted wasting it on anything I could make myself. The beauty of these poms is that once fluffed out, only a crafter or seamstress will recognize how incredibly easy they are to make. And as you and others have already pointed out, they can be used in so many different ways (although I'd think twice about giving one to my cat - shredding and all that).

      I tend to go overboard on decorating gift packages. Never satisfied with just a bow, mine are works of art to be saved and savored again later. Several ideas come to mind. Making the pom as an accessory for the recipient for a certain outfit or a HAT, and adding a note that the pom on the package is an additional gift.

      Tucking various items (like Mardi Gras beads) between the layers before tying. The possibilities are endless! Thanks! ;D

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      Tiffany R Isselhardt 6 years ago from USA

      These are great! My cat loves toys that look like this, and I think I might also be able to use them for my wedding! Wonderful - voted you up!

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      NauticalWheeler 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      I love these pom poms! It gives me so many ideas. There's a lot you could do with these from jewelry to tees and probably even home decor.

      Jen