Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Fabric Pom Poms

After spending lots of time working on Avery's nursery, things were finally coming together.  The room was painted, the crib was set up, the decorations were coming in. One of my last DIY projects were these fabric pom poms.  Of course, these were Pinspired.  But most of the tutorials used lanterns and hot glue.  I couldn't imagine hot gluing every one of the fabric circles into these balls, so I tried it a different way.  I used styrofoam balls as my base and pinned in the fabric.  It was a simple but LONG process.  Now that it's said and done, I would spend countless hours making these again.  They really bring the nursery together, they are without a doubt my favorite project in her room.  

Styrofoam Balls (I used 6 inch for the light pink and 8 inch for the dark pink
Fabric (about 4 yards for the 2 light pink and 3 yards for the dark pink)
Lots and lots of sewing pins (I used over 500)
Fabric Pen

1. Iron fabric to get all of the creases out. This is optional, but it makes the tracing and cutting much easier.  

2.  Trace your circles.  I used a spool of ribbon as my tracer and a disappearing fabric marker to make the circles.  

3.  Cut out the circles.  I had to take breaks while doing this.  I did a yard at a time.  

4.  To make the puffy circles for the poms, first fold the circle in half.  

5.  Then fold the fabric in half one more time.  

6.  Now, take a sewing pin and put it through the corner of the fabric.  

7.  Pin it into the styrofoam ball.  Once it's in, fluff it out a bit.  I pinned them in groups of 4 to make sure the area was covered and all pieces were fluffed out.  

8.  Continue until the entire ball is covered.  It took me about 3 nights to finish all of the balls.  I probably spent 2-3 hours each night working on them.  

To hang them up, I just used grossgrain ribbon, sewing pins and a tack. I cut the ribbon the length I wanted to hang them from the ceiling.  Then I pinned one end of the ribbon into the styrofoam, I used about 10 pins to keep it in.  Then, I took a clear tack and stuck it into the ceiling.  I used 2 tacks for the bigger ball.  I will probably switch to nails eventually, but I did this on my own and didn't want to be 8 months pregnant, standing on a chair trying to hammer something into the ceiling.  I already caught enough flack for putting them up myself with tacks.  

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  1. LOVE! You make it look so easy. I'm thinking I might try these...

  2. Thanks for this great idea!! I was going to make the tissue paper ones for Audrey's nursery, but now I am going to do these!!! They turned out so cute!

  3. i love the pompoms and the gray and white striped wall-so cute!!

    i'd love for you to link up this project with Get Your Craft On at the Gilded hare:

  4. Wow! The whole room looks awesome. I love the stripes on the wall. What kind of fabric did you use? I am throwing a baby shower for my cousin at the end of the month and this would definitely be really fun. I am stopping by from Market Yourself. I am a new follower. I hope you will join me at my blog. Congratulations on your baby girl! Here are some tips to help you get some more sleep as a new mom http://www.trueaimeducation.com/2012/05/5-ways-to-help-your-newborn-sleep.html

  5. Wow, these are really cute. I haven't seen anything like that. I've got a baby shower I'm hosting coming up. I'll definitely be considering this as I'm trying to figure out how to decorate.

  6. Adorable. I love them hanging over the crib. I would love if you linked them up to Show Off Monday @ Kampenlane.com



  7. Those are so pretty and really look like they were worth the time. The nursery looks great!

  8. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!



  9. Very cute! I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Adorable! So funny bc my tutorial for the ones I made my daughter is going up next week! My DD2's room is gray and hot pink too. I did the hot glue and lantern version and it wasn't bad. A lot of hot glue, and I laid my fabric a little differently. But they turned out great.

  11. Hi

    just wanted to let you know that i'm featuring your tutorial on my blog this week! you can see it here:

    have a good day!!

  12. thanks for the tutorial! I'm going to be making something like this for a wedding. what diameter did you use for your circle templates?

  13. They are sooo beautiful, I am going to make a few for my baby shower party. Just wanted to ask one detail: what was the diameter of the fabric circles you cut and how big where the finished pom poms? Thank you in advance!

  14. I'm making these for my nursery and wondered how big you would say the circles were? Like a diameter of 4??


  15. Thanks for the tute, my girly girls would love these! dressmaking fabric


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