Make a Valentine’s Day gift
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:01 pm
By HOLLY RAMER
When it comes to handmade pom-poms (the crafty kind, not the cheerleader accessory), less is more. It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want pom-poms that are full and fluffy rather than ragged, don’t be afraid to get out your scissors and snip, and then snip some more.
Round pom-poms are cute on their own, but heart-shaped versions make for adorable Valentine’s Day decor without a lot of extra work. Just make three spheres, stitch them together and then trim, trim, trim.
Yarn is the most obvious choice for hand-crafted pom-poms, but experiment with different fibers such as wool roving or cotton jersey. Linda Gardner, who writes a blog called “Craftaholics Anonymous,” made a colorful cluster of pom-poms from strips cut from an old T-shirt. Following her lead: You can make a new pom-pom heart out of something you once wore close to your own.
• yarn, wool roving or T-shirt fabric
• embroidery thread and needle
1. Make two donut-shaped cardboard templates. They can be any size. (I traced around an old CD to get the outer diameter of my templates and a small bottle of paint to get the inner circle.) Cut a chunk out of each template, a few inches long, so the templates resemble horseshoes or rings with pieces cut out of them.
2. Cut a piece of embroidery thread about 8 inches long and lay it over one of the templates. Place the other template on top, sandwiching the thread, with the ends of the thread hanging out the cut edges.
3. If using T-shirt fabric, cut it into 1/2-inch strips. If using wool roving, gently pull it apart into 1/2-inch strips. Starting at one end, wrap the fabric, roving or yarn around the template until you get to the other end. If the fabric or roving runs out, just add another strip, covering up the end of the previous strip.
4. Repeat until you have at least three layers of fiber wrapped around the templates. The more layers you add, the fuller the pom-pom will be.
5. Loosely tie the embroidery thread ends that are hanging from the template together. Holding the templates together with one hand, use sharp scissors to cut through the yarn, fabric or roving along the outside diameter of the template, wedging the tips of the scissors in between the two cardboard pieces.
6. Pull the embroidery thread tight and tie a knot. Remove the templates. You should have a shaggy-looking pom-pom at this point.
7. Cut two circular templates from cardboard, slightly smaller than the original templates. Sandwich the pom-pom between the two cardboard circles and use the edge of the cardboard as a guide to trim the pom-pom. At this step, it will look like an ice-cream sandwich!
8. Make two more pom-poms and use the needle and embroidery thread to sew them together in a triangle shape with two pom-poms side by side and the third centered below that pair. Pass the needle through the center of the pom-poms several time to make sure they are sewn together well.
9. Continue trimming until you have a heart shape.
10. Add a loop of ribbon for hanging.
Step-by-step photos of how to make a round pom-pom can be found online at: http://diaryofacraftaholic.blogspot.com/
Published in The Messenger 2.9.11