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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Although I haven't started decorating for Christmas yet, I've been mulling over plans in my head. I know what my general look will be and have been thinking about which pillows I want to use for the season. I want to mix my Togo spot pillows back in, but they've seemed a little plain to me since I made them last summer.

With Christmas being the time for all of the extra little details, I thought I'd add some pom poms to my pillows. Last year I made a few pom pom projects and they are such a quick and easy way to add a little bit of fun to a room!

Have you ever made a pom pom? They are SUPER simple, and you don't need any supplies other than yarn. I chose this extra chunky yarn from the craft store because I thought it would make the poms look nice and full without using as much yarn. You can make one with your fingers in only 5 easy steps:

1.  Wrap yarn around your fingers. Not too tight, you'll want to slide it off easily when you're finished. Use 2, 3, or 4 fingers, depending on how big you want your pom. I've even used 4 fingers but spread them out a little to make it even bigger. For reference, I used 3 fingers and wrapped about 35 times with this thick yarn for these 4" poms I made. The more fingers you use, the more you'll want to wrap so they'll be nice and full. In the past, when I've used regular yarn and four fingers, I wrapped about 80 times for a full pom.

2.  Carefully slide what you've wrapped off of your fingers, and lay it centered over a cut piece of yarn. (I used a double piece because my yarn wasn't very strong.)

3.  Bring the ends of your extra piece up and tie them tightly in a knot around the middle. You will have something like a donut with loops all around the edges.

4.  Slide your scissors around the edge, cutting all of the loops in the center to open them. Cut all the way around, just being careful not to cut that piece you tied around the center.

5.  Fluff the pom out, and snip any uneven pieces until you are happy with the shape.

I started with a yarn needle and thicker twine to attach the poms to the pillow, but it was way too difficult to get through the fabric, so I switched to a regular needle and thread. Just a few stitches to tack them in place around the edge did the trick.

Now my spotted pillows are a little more special, and ready for their Christmas close-up!

Here are a few of my favorite pom pom projects from around the web-

Hi Sugarplum

Jones Design Company

Thistlewood Farms

I have a few related older posts that you might want to check out:

Lastly today, I'd like to thank Balsam Hill for featuring my tree from last year in their Christmas Inspiration Center.  There are many great trees in the gallery, so head over and check it out if you're needing some fresh ideas for the season.   

I hope you all have a great day, I'm off to chaperone a group of 6th grade girls on a field trip to the science museum.  Yikes!

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  1. i love pom poms! they are so happy! love your pillow!

  2. Kris {Driven by D├ęcor}November 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Everything is more fun with a pom pom! Love your new freshened up pillow!

  3. Oh I love the pom pom idea, how fun. I need to dress up a couple of pillows that I have and maybe even a throw.

  4. I have always loved pom poms and you make it look so easy!

  5. I love pom poms, but I have to admit, mine never seem to come out quite right :(. My mom made them all the time when I was little and it was so easy - I'm not sure what my hang-up is! Maybe it's time to try again ;). Pillow turned out super cute! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Lisa @ Shine Your LightNovember 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    The pom poms definitely up the fun factor! I made some for my Christmas tree a few years back, it was fun to make them with the kids. I'll have to dig out my yarn stash and get going on pillow trim!

  7. Julia @cuckoo4designNovember 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I have really really been wanting to include some pom poms in my house. Love yours!

  8. So cute! Pom pons make everything better! :)

  9. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch RenoNovember 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I <3 pom poms...they are the best!! Yours are fantastic!

  10. Love this!! Pinned!!

  11. I love making pompoms too! But i've never tried putting them on a pillow like you did since I can't sew, your pillow looks pretty fab!

  12. I just love this! I'm currently obsessed with making pom poms and tassels, so I'm trying to attach them to as many things as possible. :) Question: I love that pillow case, can I ask where it's from?


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