POM POMS, baby

Okay, we need to talk about something… it’s POM POMS. Casual mini-loofahs everywhere, for every occasion, and I can’t get enough of it. I’m on an all pom pom diet. When I die, bury me in pom poms. I actually had a dream about pom poms last night. I know what you’re thinking – “Betsy, calm down. Pom poms are for clowns and cheerleaders.” Yes and no, but mostly no. According to Oscar de la Renta, Prada, and Christian Siriano, pom poms are for the runway BUT here I am now, making pom poms for you, the everyday cool girl (#coolgirl).

While pom poms look good on and with everything (pom pom stilettos, pom pom ceiling fan, pom pom dog collar), today we’re going to DIY a pom pom SWEATER that is equal parts Fun-Gal-Who-Probably-Eats-Jelly-Beans-Daily and Edgy-Gal-Who-Wears-Platform-Sandals.

Alright, here we go. This is what you’ll need:

  1. Any kind of color yarn. You can do all one color, rainbow, christmas colors, you name it. (ps Walmart has a large selection of yarn??? Anyone else surprised???? Friendly grannies also looking for yarn helped me pick my colors)
  2. A sweater! Maybe your fave sweater that you stained with guac that one time 😦 (hint: that is me)
  3. A fork
  4. Embroidery thread or other strong, thin string
  5. Scissors
  6. A needle

Wow! That’s all! So fun and easy!



Take the yarn and wrap it around the prongs of the fork. You can do this as many times as you like, but in the end with all your colors, you want to have wrapped the yarn 35-45 times. The more you wrap, the denser the pom pom. Layer your colors anyway you like!


Keeping the end of the yarn held down, loop a short bit of extra yarn through the prongs of the fork and bring it around to pinch your yarn bunch in the middle and tie it once.


Slip the yarn bundle off the fork prongs and knot the yarn once more for a double not. NOTE: the knot MUST be tight or the whole thing will fall apart. Now, you should have a disk-type shape. Take your scissors and cut all the loops.


Voila! There is your pop pom! To make it look nice and circular and even, trim the edges. Or go crazy! Make a square! Or a triangle. You go, girl!

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Make as many pom-poms as you want and figure out the design you want on you sweater (aka cover up that guac).


Thread your needle through the edge of your pom pom, making sure that you get it through the middle so it stays tight. Sew it right into where you want the pom pom to go on you sweater. Now it gets weird: cut the needle loose so you have two strings free on the inside of the sweater and two strings sticking out the pom pom on the top of the sweater. Thread the needle with the strings on top and sew them into the sweater so that your pom pom is held down securely. Tie the loose strings on the inside of the shirt super tight so that that pom pom won’t fly off. Go pom pom crazy. Sew those pom pom on everywhere.

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Last step: Put that bad boy on and make sure everyone sees it. And if not enough people see it, wear it again the next day. AND make sure everyone knows you made it yourself because you are #cool #artsy and #fun.

Now that you’ve got a fresh, guac-stain-free sweater, continue to add pom poms in all other areas of your life.  

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DIY and post by Betsy Lotspeich, Spring ’16 Creative Intern

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