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Fabric Scrap Pom Pom

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This Fabric Scrap Pom Pom from Becky Striepe is great for attaching to a package or hanging on your tree or mantel as decoration.  Fabric scrap crafts like this are great for clearing out your craft stash as well!  You could use combinations of scrap ribbons and fabric to create a pom pom with lots of colors and texture!

Fabric Scrap Pom Pom

Materials:

  • Skinny fabric scraps, ribbon, ric rac scraps, yarn
  • Reclaimed cardboard
  • 2 round things (one should be around 4-5″ in diameter, the other should be around 2″ in diameter. Jars, coffee tins, lids, etc work great!)
  • Scissors (one pair for paper, one pair for fabric)


Instructions:

  1. To start, you’ll need to make a pom pom maker. If you’re just using yarn, you can use the finger wrapping method, but trust me: this will not work with bulkier materials like fabric scraps. To make your pom pom maker, trace your large round thing onto your cardboard, then trace the small round thing in the center, so you’re left with a donut. Then, do the same thing again to make an identical donut. Cut out your the donuts, and you get this:

    Fabric Scrap Pom Pop
     
  2. It’s time to wrap! Put on some good TV or music, and have a sit down, because the wrapping is the most time-consuming part. Put your two cardboard donuts together, then grab a piece of fabric, and start wrapping the fabric around your donut sandwich like so:

    Fabric Scrap Pom Pop
     
  3. When you come to the end of one piece of fabric, just grab another piece, let it overlap the first a bit by about an inch, and keep wrapping. Continue until you have a nice, bulky wrapped fabric donut, like this:

    Fabric Scrap Pom Pop
     
  4. Now, grab your fabric scissors. You want to very carefully trim all the way around the very outer perimeter of your donut. Take your time, and try not to lift the donut off of the table, if you can avoid it.

    Fabric Scrap Pom Pop
     
  5. Once you’ve cut through all of the fabric all the way around, you should be able to gently pry your two pieces of cardboard apart. Take one more piece of fabric (I used a length of twine), and wrap it around all of the fabric, by sliding it in between your two pieces of cardboard, like this:

    Fabric Scrap Pom Pop
     
  6. Tie a knot, then carefully pull the cardboard pieces off of your pom pom. It might look a little bit janky, but give it a fluff to perk it up. You can also give it a haricut, trimming off pieces of fabric that are a bit too long.
     
  7. Tie your twine on the other end to make a loop, and you’re ready to hang!




     

 

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