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Last year, when I put out my Buffalo Plaid Slouchy Hat, I wanted to add a fur pom-pom for the perfect finishing touch. I went to every local store I could think of and no one carried them. I decided to publish the pattern with a yarn pom-pom instead and order a fur one online for later. After searching, I finally found a shop on Etsy that sold beautiful ones, only for the shop owner to take a fall/holiday break. Nooo!
I scoured the internet, wondering if there was possibly a way to make DIY Fur Pom-Poms. I couldn’t conceive that it was possible to make them! I found a tutorial and the main technique was much easier than I though! I made a fur pom-pom the way she described, cutting the circle out with scissors. But… it looked like it had a bad haircut on the bottom, and it wasn’t hidden when sewn in place. Plus, it made an incredibly hairy mess.
What to do?
Then my husband suggested using my Precision Knife to cute the fabric back.
Not only does the edge look very nice, it eliminates a very hairy mess (I have Labrador, so I know a thing or two about hairy messes!). These fury pom-poms are a breeze to made; once you get going you will make dozens of them.
However, it can be a bit tricky to get the circle the right size. I was tired of searching my kitchen for the right sized bowl or cup to trace! So I created a template that you can print for free. I suggest the middle one for adult/kids hats, the small one for babies and the large one for chunky projects.
DIY FUR POM-POMS
If you are visual learner, you can watch this video:
The technique for making these fur pom-poms is quite simple:
Outline the template on the back of the fur fabric and cut with precision knife. DO NOT USE SCISSORS! This will make a terrible, furry mess and your completed fur pom-pom will have a “bad haircut” look at the bottom. Make sure you are using precision knife to cute your fur.
Sew a loose running stitch around the outside.
Cinch tight and stuff with some Polyfil.
There is it!
Seriously, it’s that easy. I made 4 in about 10 minutes. And it’s so fun to experiment with different types of faux fur. I thought I really only loved long pile fur, but the way that cute brown one turned out is changing my mind.
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