Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jersey (Sea Anemone) Pom Pom Tutorial

This fun little pom pom made from jersey knit fabric would make a fun pin or gift topper. Here we make it into a hair clip. Doesn't it sort of look like a sea anemone? :)

Supplies Needed:
Knit Fabric (I used my leftovers from this scarf)
Cutting mat and rotary cutter
Pom pom maker or piece of cardboard
Small piece of felt
Alligator clip (covered with ribbon)
Glue Gun

Step 1 - Cut the Fabric
You don't need a lot of fabric but it does help if it's rather long so your strips are continuous. This makes them easier to wrap. My strips ended up being 3/4" wide and 2.5 yards long.

I found the best way was to fold it over several times (notice your edge is curling--you want that, but it's hard to cut this way). I clipped the curled edges as flat as I could with some clothespins and cut off the ragged edge and discarded it.

See that nice clean, edge! I then cut 3/4" strips.

TIP - When I was all through cutting the strips, I pinned my fabric because I can never get this nice of a straight line with knit! I'm storing the fabric this way for the next time I need to cut it.
Step 2 - Stretch the Knit to Curl Your Strips
Go through all your strips and pull them gently to get them to curl in on themselves. You'll see. It's like magic. (FYI: You can also knit with the strips once you've done this to them. See my t-shirt purse at the bottom of this post.)
Step 3 - Wrap Your Pom Pom Maker
I have the Clover XL Pom Pom Maker, but you can use your favorite method--a rectangle of cardboard works fine.  (I found the Pom Pom Maker on e-bay.)

I used almost 2 full 2.5 yards long strips on each arm of my pom pom maker. You can adjust this to suit your needs. 
Step 4 - Cut the Fabric and Tie The Pom Pom
I used a thin strip of knit to tie it off and that worked well.
Step 5 - Trim It Up and Glue a Felt Circle to the Back
Step 6 - Glue an Alligator Clip to the Back
And you're done!


Isabel said...

Too cute!! You have some awesome tools!!:O) I will have to give that a try I like the idea of toppers for presents:O) Thanx for sharing:O) Isabel

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

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Tanyia said...

I have no idea what the pom pom maker thingy is, but this is enough to make me find one and buy it NOW lol. This is adorable and quicker than making korker bows!

Diane Benson said...

So cute!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I have seen these flowers at highend kids' boutiques but had no idea that they were made using a pompom maker. Great tutorial (I am vising via craft gossip).

Unknown said...

This is fabulous! I LOVE pom pom makers (have about 5 in various sizes).
We have a friday linky party- we'd love it if you'd link to this!

JR and Brynn said...

LOVE it! Your tutorials are amazingly thought out and well done. Thanks for all the great pictures and breaking it down into steps.

myzanyzoo said...

WOW!!!! How easy!! I guess my way was the hard way :( Thanks for this tutorial.


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