Happy November my lovely readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
I never thought about posting this, but I recently had several readers leave comments wondering how I made the pom-poms that I put on top of my hats. I am happy to oblige! In fact, I wanted to show you how to make and attach a pom-pom to the hats you make.
The good thing is that you don’t need any fancy device to make these. In fact, I have a pom-pom maker and I prefer this method for large, or very small-sized pom-poms.
Start with your preferred color of yarn. Take the end and snip a 12″-24″ length and set it aside.
Start wrapping the yarn from the the ball around your fingers. 3 or 4 fingers makes a regular, adult-sized pom-pom for a hat, but you can make a few and decided which size you like.
Wrap it lots of times. Wrap it more times than you think you need to. You want your pom-pom to be nice and full.
Keep in mind, the bigger you want your pom-pom, the more times you need to wrap it. When you leave the yarn long on the pom-pom, it spreads out more, making it look less full.
Once it’s as full as you need it, pull it off your fingers, holding it firm so you don’t loose any loops.
Take the yarn you cut previously, and tie it around the middle. You might need help here as you tie the knot, because it’s very important that it is tied as tight as possible. If it is loose at all, the pom-pom will easily come apart.
Once the knot is tied, cut all the loops. The yarn will fall into a haggard, overgrown pom-pom shape.
Finish your pom-pom by giving it a nice, round haircut. Don’t get carried away! It’s easy to go crazy and cut a side too short. This part takes practice, once you make 2-3, you will get the hang of it. Make sure you leave the two ends of your tie piece long.
It took me a while to figure out how to attach them, and I wish I would have found a good tutorial. You can’t simply attach it using your two ends, or the pom-pom will flop around annoyingly.
Using a yarn needle and one of the ends, push the needle through the top of the hat. This hat is gathered at the top, so I am working around the gathering.
Then, push the need up through the hat.
Then, take your needle up through the bottom of the pom-pom, right up the middle.
Next, go down through the middle of the pom-pom, and again down the hat. You will work in a circular sewing pattern around the top of the hat, but will always go straight up and down through the middle of the pom-pom.
Once you have sewn a circle around the top of the hat, (6 or 7 stitches) pull both ends of the yarn through to the inside of the hat and tie a sturdy knot.
This will keep those beautiful pom-poms in place!
I hope this is helpful to you, and please let me know any questions you have.
Want a hat to put these pom-poms on? Try these:
Have a great week!