How to make fabric pom poms

Updated February 21, 2017

Fabric pom-poms are a creative way to recycle fabric scraps and they can be used as decorative accents for bathrooms, a child's room and are equally adorable as Christmas tree ornaments. Sew an assortment of fabric pom-poms on purses or T-shirts for a decorative touch or better yet, make one with your child. Inexpensive and extremely easy to put together, making a fabric pom-pom takes only a few minutes using a small pom-pom loom made out of cardboard.

Draw two identically-sized circles on a piece of cardboard using a compass tool. Choose the size of the circle based on the size of fabric pom-pom you want to make. To make ornaments for trees 7.5 cm (3 inch) circles are ideal.

Draw two smaller circles inside the two larger circles. Make these smaller circles approximately half the diameter of your first circle. For the pom poms in this tutorial, make the smaller circles 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) in diameter.

Cut out both larger circles first using either a pair of scissors or a utility knife. Once both larger circles are cut out, cut the two smaller circles out of the centres. Line the two doughnut-shaped cardboard pieces up against one another, aligning the central holes.

Wrap the strips of fabric around the doughnut. Tie strips together at the ends with simple knots and continue to wrap the doughnut piece until you can no longer feed the fabric through the central hole with your fingers or a crochet hook.

Cut the wrapped fabric along the edge of the two cardboard circles, snipping through all layers of the fabric strips. Be careful not to remove the cardboard from the pieces yet.

Wrap a 30 cm (1 foot) long fabric strip around the centre grouping of fabric strips, between the two doughnut-shapes. Wrap this 30 cm (1 foot) long piece several times and then tie tightly into place with a double knot.

Pull the cardboard doughnut pieces out from around the fabric strips or cut the cardboard doughnuts into sections to remove them. Fluff the fabric pom pom and attach a hook or a piece of string to hang it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Fabric strips
  • Crochet hook
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Stephanie Daniels is a freelance writer residing in Louisa, Kentucky. Daniels focuses on parenting, children, gardening and home-decor articles. She was the manager of Home Decor for Home Depot for 4 years. Daniels has written for many online publications and enjoys ghostwriting.