Winter months are for working on long-awaited sewing projects, like baby gifts. After making some fleece baby blankets, I found a little pink felt in my craft stash, perfect for baby pillows. The yarn was left over from making a blanket and was perfect for pom-poms. These were made by looping the yarn around three fingers about 70 times. Then I looped a 7-inch piece through the hole in all those 70 loops, tied it off in a knot, and Voila! This pillow reminds me of a poodle, y’all. 🙂
I made 4 pom-poms and sewed them into the corners of this easy pillow. All exposed stitching, since felt doesn’t ravel, it’s stuffed with polyfil. After stitching the “filler opening” closed, I clipped the exposed edges around all 4 sides every
half an inch, snipping to just outside the stitch line. Finally, I added a yarn strand for hanging over a door knob and painted a little “Shhh” on it.
In my post called Soft and Easy Baby Blanket, I published this picture that includes the pom-pom pillow to match the blanket.
Just a little different look, with these cut-style pom-poms, not as “poodle-ish”. Nothing against poodles. I just wanted more of a “true” pom-pom look. Here’s how, y’all.
Cut two cardboard “doughnuts” with a small V-shaped slit. Mine were about 3 1/2″ across with a 1″ hole.
Stack them together with the Vs lining up, and begin wrapping the yarn around by going through the slit each time to access the hole.
Wrap all the way around, like this.
Cut the yarn off at the end, and cut a separate yarn piece about 9 inches long. While holding securely, find the space between the 2 cardboard doughnuts and begin clipping the yarn around the outer edge.
After cutting about 2″ along the edge, separate the two doughnuts and begin inserting the middle section of your 9″ strand into the opening.
Continue cutting yarn around doughnut and inserting the strand, working your way all the way around circle.
When all threads are cut and your inserted strand meets, pull both ends of the yarn strand tightly and tie a knot. Carefully remove the cardboard pieces.
Well, almost. Trim any long strands to even it up, if necessary.
I put off making these cardboard thingies and tried making this “cut” version by wrapping around my fingers. The results were a horribly uneven pom-pom. After breaking down and making the cardboard doughnuts, it was much easier and resulted in more evenly rounded pom-poms.
Fun pillows, y’all! Fun pom-poms, too!