Oh, how I love the Pom…
After I saw these in Pottery Barn, I was on the hunt. I searched and searched for the gargantuan pom pom trim. I even got a headache from it…
I never found anything close to this size…probably a good thing ‘cause I’m sure it would’ve been 60.00/inch had it existed…
So, I made my own….
And it’s my favorite. Project. To. Date!
Do you love the pom, like me? Let’s make it together…
MATERIALS FOR ONE 18” PILLOW
2 skeins super bulky yarn (I used Lion brand)
3/4 yard duck canvas
18” square pillow form
Sewing machine and supplies
Begin by making your pom pom’s. There are lots of ways to make them, but for some reason, I go back to the way I was taught when I was little, so here goes…
Cut a piece of yarn about 8-10 inches long and set it aside, this is your piece to wrap the pom
Take the end of your yarn and place it on your hand with the end sticking down. Begin wrapping around your fingers, trying to keep it medium pressure (not too tight, not too loose, Goldilocks). Wrap around 30 times. Slide it off your fingers and place in the center of the yarn previously cut
Tie and knot the yarn string in the center,causing the pom to have the loops on both sides. While holding the tying piece, cut through all the loops. Make sure to leave the long ends of the tying piece…these are critical in attaching to the pillow. #3 is what it looks like after cutting…pretty wonky. Just trim it up until it’s nice and round
Now keep going until you have 20 pom pom’s
I used the same pillow method I demonstrated HERE, although the dimensions of the finished pillow are bigger with this one. It’s a basic, easy envelope style that literally is the easiest thing to make on earth.
The dimensions to cut are one 19” square for the front and one 19”x8” and one 19”x13” for the back.
Place your 19” square piece right side up and start placing your pom pom’s down so the tail is towards the raw edge of the square…just eyeball it. If you want to get all technical, I guess you could measure, but sometimes I just am too excited to finish. There should be 5 pom’s on each side of the square…hence the 20 pom’s.
Pin them in place by threading through the tails
Take over to your machine and baste them all in place. I found using my zipper foot helpful to keep the bulk off the one side. Also, remove the pins before you sew over the pom. As I got better, I just pulled the pin out well before I got to my presser foot and held it in place with my fingers. When you are at a tail, reverse the machine once or twice to really secure the pom down
Here is what I mean by reversing a couple times…
Now place the back pieces of the pillow right sides together on top of the pom’s. I found it easiest to pin in between each pom, kinda on either side of it.
Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew around the entire pillow. As you are sewing the back pieces on, it is easy to slip your hand in to make sure you aren’t sewing the pom’s down in the seam allowance. I thought this part was going to be tough, but actually it wasn’t bad at all
Flip that sucker right side out, put your pillow form in and Oh. My. Gosh…Fall in love!
DISCLAIMER: This picture taken by insistent 8 year old boy with dirty hands and no shirt on…I was nervous
Also, who knew my hands were so ‘veiny’….What is the significance of that anyway?
Here’s the back…simple and clean!
Here are some more pics for your viewing pleasure:
Hope you liked it! If you make one, puh-leeze! post it to the Facebook page, or our Flickr Group, I’d LOVE to see it
See ya next time :)