Make your own faux fur pom poms | Cara Corey | Skillshare
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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Sourcing fabric

    • 3. Cutting the fabric

    • 4. Sewing your pom pom

    • 5. Sewing on a snap

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About This Class

Learn to make your own faux fur pom poms to adorn knit and crocheted hats or other fashion accessories. With a bit of simple hand sewing and stuffing, you can have your own handmade poms ready in just a few minutes. 

In this class you will also learn how to source the faux fur fabric and how to add snaps to the poms so you can switch them out for a different colored pom. 

Once you know how to make a pom pom, you can adjust the size to make them larger or smaller - really any size you like. You will save a lot of money on the commercially available pom poms by making them yourself. 


Materials needed:

-Piece of faux fur fabric (enough to make a 4-inch circle)
-Sharp scissors
-Sharpie marker
-Embroidery floss or other thick thread
-Sewing needle large enough to thread floss
-Cotton balls or other stuffing

For optional snap closure:
-Size 2 snaps (slightly less than 1/2-inch diameter)
-Sturdy hand-sewing thread
-Sewing needle that will fit through snap holes



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Cara Corey

Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer


Hi, I'm Cara and I'm a former journalist-turned-pattern designer. I specialize in modern knitting designs using giant needles and unique materials (see my work at I make everything from hats and scarves to pillows, poufs, and other home decor. I absolutely love knitting and crochet, and I couldn't put my needles down if I tried.

I have two little kids, so my plate is very full right now, but I believe you always have to make time for creativity.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Kara from Carrick or designs, and I have a new class for you, but I wanted to do for a really long time about how to make your own faux fur pom poms. I'm sure you've seen them on their hats all the time. They're super cute. And if you've ever decided that you wanted to make your own net hat of the Palm Home and gone to buy one, you probably noticed that they're pretty expensive, I would say on Etsy or craft stores that could be as much as $5 per palm. Um, and maybe even more if you want to like a nice smiting store. So I figured out how to make them myself just getting the faux fur material and then doing a little bit of easy beginner sewing. And then I can even show you how to make them removable. So if your customer wanted to take one off and put a different color palm on, I could totally do that. So I am going to take you through all the different steps to make your own pom poms, and I'll show you just how easy it is and how much money you can save by doing it yourself . 2. Sourcing fabric: Okay, So where can you buy the kind of faux for that? You need to make the perfect fluffy pom poms for your hat. Basically, any fabric store like Jo Ann fabrics are hobby lobby is something like that that carries faux fur. Fabric is going to have something that you could use. They sell it by the yard. And so if you look on the side of the price of your for, you're probably gonna gas because some of them are like $35 a yard. But actually, you don't have to really worry about it because you are not gonna need a whole yard. That would make you a thana pom poms. You could start off with 1/4 of a yard just like a long, skinny strip, which you could probably get at least £10 poms up, not more out of, so that would take your $35 down to 17. 50 long times. It's craft stores have sales or coupons where it's 40 or 50% off. So if you took an additional 50% off your little thing of fabric, you'd be down toe like a eight or $9. So for eight or $9. If you got 10 pompoms out of you, be down to a dollar or less per palm home. I'm guessing you've been getting more. So maybe, like 75 cents. Something like that. I feel like once you get down to that price, it's totally worth making them yourself. It's a little bit of extra time, but you can get them exactly how you want them and exactly the size you want the for just a really great price. So if you were going to resell those or sell the house, I feel like it's much more worth it to make yourself. So you're some examples of some really good full for fabric that I bought. There is something you have to just pick up with. Fabric could feel it because a lot of the faux furs are are more her right for, like, a costume or something. But they're not right for for fluffy pom pom and need to be something where if you picked up that pom pom that it moves with the air, it's really really fluffy and soft, and an added bonus would be one that has more than one color in it. So, like the inside of this is kind of white, the outside is black, and so that gives you kind of a cool death effect. So this is like a perfect one to use. The one that's kind of my standby is like a fox for kind of look. So it's brown, but it has some black and some lighter colors, and it just really, really soft and fluffy. And if you're not sure it's gonna move right, you could sort of want it up like that and shake it and see, Does it flow with the air? Um, you can tell. I used that piece a lot. You turn him over to the back. They noticed my smooth fabric on the back on. When the person who's cutting the fabric goes to cut off your piece, you actually don't want them to use scissors. You want them to tear it on. That way it won't lose any fibers in between where it's being cut. So this is like some kind of stuff that will shut off of it. If you cut it eventually, you are going to cut it into a circle, but initially you don't want to lose too much material when it's just being cut from the store. So if they don't know that they're supposed to tear it, you can always suggest that there's a lot of colors. Now I'm guessing that the fact that people make these into pom poms has made more options available. This is like a rainbow fabric just really cool. It will cost more but again uses like coupons and sales and just get a small keys to try it . Um, And then here's a couple pinks, which are really fun for, like, kids hats. Or, if you have, like a navy blue color, it's really good with pink. Just experiment. Look online for color combinations that you like. Try one if you get it perfected and go back to the storm by more. And obviously, if they're having a sale, it's a great time to buy more for. So you could also look out line for good deals on fabric right now, as filming this it's October, so there's gonna be more costume fabrics available ever since. Might be a great time, actually, Go pick some up. So that is, I think, everything you need to know about buying the phone for Lucas. I just go to the store, look around, find one you like, and get a small piece to start with. And then when you're happy with that, you go back and get more. 3. Cutting the fabric: so really quick. I just wanted to show you what I meant about cutting or ripping the fabric rather than cutting it. So, um, what you need to do if you want to tear off a piece of this like if you want to just stuff it in your bag and work on it somewhere else, Um, you basically need to snip it and rip it, which is you would snip a little cut on the bottom of it, and then you just start tearing like that makes a perfectly clean cut where none of those fibers are going to be following off all over the place. So that's just a little pro tips snippet and rip it. Okay, first stuff. Once you've got your piece of fabric, um, cut to size so that you can work with it is you're going to trace your circle. So I've got this lid that I like to use as a pattern. Like I said, it's about four inches in diameter. Um, and you can go bigger or smaller kind of experiment, but that's just what I like. Um, so I'm putting it is close to the edge is like hands. I'm not wasting the fabric, and I'm just gonna trace around it. So of course, the backside of the Fabrice. So there is my circle when I'm gonna take my sharp scissors on, Cut this out. And here's where you get a lot of little fibers kind of falling all over the place. Um, there's not a lot you can do about that as long as you're doing a circle because you're kind of cutting against them. But it's not really a big deal because it's going to tuck up into the inside. The edges are, um and so you're going to still have plenty of for toe work with. You can see I'm not cutting on the line. I'm cutting a little bit outside of it. I just like my palm to be just slightly bigger, so I'm just kind of using that circle as a guide. But if I was gonna make, like, a child size one, um, I would probably adhere to the line or maybe even go inside of it or use a smaller circle. So there, cut it out. At this point, you can kind of set aside the fabric that you're not gonna use anymore and just work with this piece and then before you go any farther, you just want to take all of these little Shetty pieces and just get them scraped off of there. And that way they're not shedding on. You are in your hat when you get done begins even though I cut off some of the further still quite a bit there. That's what it looks like from the front. I'm just going to get rid of those extra pieces. You could just throw those away or you could even save them for future stuffings. You could actually do like 10 of these at once and have a little rounds ready for the next step whatever you want to dio. 4. Sewing your pom pom: So now that you have your faux fur circle cut out, you can start sewing it. So for the sewing part, we're gonna take that thick thread. Um, he want a piece that's probably at least 12 inches, maybe 14 15 inches long to see how plenty, um, and that thicker or larger I needle so that this will go through it. Just thread that you don't have to double it up for this. Just a single thread is gonna work. Fine. Should be doing this other way around. Pull out through leave yourself a little bit so it doesn't fall out. But otherwise it's just a single thread. Eso Then you're gonna take your circle. And this is where making the cut a little bit larger than the line is kind of helpful to, because I can, actually. So along the line that I march to keep this sewn part kind of close to the edge. So I'm just gonna go in hoc through the fabric and come back up, and that's about maybe 1/4 of a ninja. 1/3 of an inch. Pull the thread through don't pull it all the way through. Levers. Have a little bit of a tale. Remember, when you get back to the beginning, that's what will be left. And then I would say you're leaving about the same amount of space and you a little bit more to go under and up again. So just really simple basic stitches kind of following that black Sharpie line all across. And I'm just gonna keep stitching until I get all the way back to the beginning where I started. So while I'm doing that, um, I can sort of prepare you for the next step, which is gonna be You're gonna stuff this. Um, So, like I said, I personally like to use cotton balls. Um, because I just had some extra ones lying around and because you can adjust the fullness by how maney cotton balls you put in. But you could use any other kind of random stuffing that you have around pillow stuffing old fabric. You could use something little heavier if you want to tuba. In general, you want your palm home to be a light sort of a thing so it doesn't like sway toe one side or come loose. So a light, fluffy kind of a stuffing is the best, and that's why I tend to use carnivals. Plus, they're cheap, and you probably have some in your house already. So when I get back to the beginning, I have maybe like, six or so inches on either side. So I'm just gonna use my fingers to kind of open this up so that I can stuff it. So now I'm gonna take my cotton balls. Usually three or four is like the perfect amount. Stuff them inside of here, and then it's just a matter. It's like synching a bad closed. So you're pulling on both of those strings until it closes, and then you're gonna just tie a really tight not to kind of close that hole. Generally speaking, with a pom pom this size, it doesn't close all the way. There's, like, a little bit left open, So I will. What I will do is always high and double not here just to get it started closing. And then I will re thread this thread and put a couple more stitches in there just to make sure that it stays all the way closed. Now, this is the underside of your hat or your underside of your pom poms, so it's not really super important. But you would never want your stuffing to fall out if it was something really lose. So it's just a reinforcement, basically, So you can just go back and forth. You gonna make sure that you're picking up the fabric and not just the furry part, and that will allow you to tie another knot that will completely close the inside. Okay, so once you get to this point, you have two strings that you could use toe. Attach this to a hat, so you would just probably re thread this. Take your hat, which didn't have a palm home on it yet. And so it to the top, tie some knots, make sure it's on there really tight, and then you'd have a permanent pom pom. So it does not take many steps to get to this point. But I like to actually add a few more steps and so on that snap so that if I wanted to take this off, I could and put on a different palm. So in the next part, I'm gonna show you about that 5. Sewing on a snap: Okay, So for the final part, I want to show you how to sew on the snap. If you decide to do that, um, for this'll, I'm going to use a thick thread. Thank you. Remember, with this is cotton, but I think it might be, um so it's just like a quality thick thread that won't break. If somebody tries to kind of pull on that snap, I'm using a thinner needle. This time's gonna put my thick needle back. This just has a smaller I So that, um uh, this thread will go through it. But I will poke on there, and it will make it through this thick pom pom threat or thick pump home fabric a little better. Um, so I am going to start by cutting actually, this string off, since in this case, I'm not gonna be using it as close to the middle as I can. Just get rid of it. Um also wanted to mention the kind of snaps I'm using. I just got these out of Jo Ann Fabrics. You could order them online and bulk if you were going to do a lot of these, um, size two snaps and There's six of them and a pack. Um, so you have to break off the two parts and so on each part, so that part is going to go on the pom pom, and that part is going to go on the hat. So there's too little parts to it. Um, so you could start by taking a length of thread again because this is so thick. I'm not gonna double it. I'm trying to kind of save time anywhere that I can, uh, get, like, a 12 or 14 inch piece. Thread it through here, and I'm not tying knots or doing anything. I'm just kind of being really casual about it. But if you are a solar and you want to do a better job than I'm doing, feel free. I'm sure my grandmother would be horrified by the kind of casual suing that I dio. But really, I'm just trying to stick this snap on here so that somebody could take this pom pom on and off. It's nothing more complicated than that, and it won't be seen. So you kind of rest that in the middle of your pom pom. And I tried really hard to stick this needle through the actual fabric of this palm home and not the for. So that's what makes it take a little longer. Is trying to work that needle through the for, um, eso you pull it to where you have a little tail left and then you're just gonna go all around this snap and you're running the thread through the holes in the snap. There's quite a few of them, um, through the fabric of the pom pom and up through the hole like so. And if you want to know better what that looks like if you look on the back of the snaps, there's like a little guy there. That kind of shows you you're putting like three loops through each hole in there and just going all the way around till you come back to the beginning. Tie or not, and then cut off the excess thread. And basically the goal is to just get that snap centered in the center of your pom pom and tight enough that if somebody pulled on it, it would not come off all the way. So the final step is going to be attaching the other part of the snap to the top of your hat that you want to attach it to, Um, and it's pretty simple, similar to selling other part on you just want to make sure that when you so this on that so you're the crown of your hat is probably gonna have, like a little circle at the top. And underneath the final grouping of stitches, there's probably going to be like a ring. We synched up the top, and so when you go to so that on there and you have your needle and thread going through, you want to go through at least one layer, if not two of yarn. So it's really, really sturdy on there. So it's the same thing as with board cutting off your piece of bread, threading the needle. I'm gonna get really good at doing this under pressure and then taking that snap in positioning and in the center of your hat. And then I'm just trying really hard to go through more than one layer of yarn if I can. So you're looping at around that same piece that we have. Somebody pulls really hard on that snap, you know, it's got some reinforcement. It's not just gonna pop right off or become loose. And then after you've done two loops, if you go back into the fabric and then scooch on over to the next hole that'll complete like 1/3 loop, you can go around again, and you can get to a point with this thick yard where you're doing it pretty fast. And so if you're planning on selling these, you know, time is a factor and your pricing. So you want to make sure that you get good at selling these on and a sturdy fashion so that they're not gonna fall off, but that you're doing it pretty quickly. You could also try to match the threat a little better than I did. But again, this is not something that you're going to see all the time. So if we go back to my original half sample, you can see if you look closely under here that there's kind of the edge of the snap, and you really cannot see much at all from those thread lines. So if I wedge my finger in there, I can get that snap off pretty easily, and then I could switch out this palm for a different palm. Snap it right back on, ready to go. And I always do this little shake shake shake to fluff up my palms If you've packed them up and then took about taking them out of a box or something, they're going to get kind of wrinkly unfolded, So just give him a little shake and they'll come back to their original fluffy, perfect pom pom nous.