How to make pom-poms

pom poms (4)Do you need to make pom-poms? Well here is an easy DIY on exactly that.

Pom-poms can be used for so many tings, from upgradeing your sweater to make it more Christmasy, party decorations, headbands, you name it. Your creativity is the limit here. I will use it to upgrade an old worn out cap.

What you need 

  • Cardboard
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Ruler
  • Compass or something round you can trace

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  1. Decide what size your pompom should have. Mine will be big, so I chose diameter 8 cm. This is very easy to do with a compass, if you don’t have one you have to find a item that has that approx size you are looking for like a cup or a plate. Also a smaller item for the circle in the middle. My inner circle has a diameter on 3 cm. Trace these 2 circles and cut them out. Remember make a cut connecting the circles so you can get the yarn through in the middle.
  2. Put the two cardboard circles together, with the openings the same way. Then start pulling the yarn  through the opening. The more yarn you use, the more dense the pompom will be.
  3. When you are done pulling yarn through. It its time to cut open the pompom. Save some yarn for the step after this, min 15 cm. Cut the treads in between the two circles of cardboard.
  4. Take the extra yarn piece and pull it through the middle of the two pieces of cardboard and around. Tighten and tie a knot.
  5. Use your scissor to trim the yarn to make a ball.
  6. Fasten your pompom to whatever that needs a upgrade.

 

Easy right? Now you can make a hundred ❤ ❤ ❤

Here is my cap, I gave it some love. I put the loose treads back in place and fastened the pompom. All of the sudden it is a band NEW cap ❤

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ARMS = LEG WARMERS

the expedition to (2)This post is the first of a series that I have called “the sweater challenge”. How many redesigned items can I actually make from a sweater? The intention is to use as much of the material as possible to create as little waste as possible. The items need to look nice, and be functional. ❤ Do you want to join me?  I will be posting on Instagram with the tag #zerowasteredesign.

Or you can just follow me on IG under CodegreenbySoAmamador or my private account SoAmador 😉

So the sweater I am using is a 100 % cotton knit in the color “ultimate snoring grey”.  (Sorry about the bad lighting in the photos, winter happened)

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First up is making the arms into Leggings. Ooor what I will use them for…my thighs. I an choosing not to freeze this winter. UTI`s are soo LAST YEAR!

Equipment used

  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pair of sissors
  • Chalk for drawing
  • Lace with stretch
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Black fabric paint
  • Sponge
  • Plastic to cover the surface
  • Iron and ironboard
  • Cloth

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  1. First I used used a ruler and chalk to make a straight line across the arm from the armhole. After cutting it, I folded the sleeve from the seam and out. Then I get to see if the line is straight or not. Cut away the extra fabric. Repeat on the second sleeve.
  2. I cut off the rib (saving that for another item).
  3. Do the same on the other sleeve. Double check that they are the same length by putting the sleeves on top of each other. Cut away fabric to make them even.
  4. Measure the circumcise of the top and bottom of the sleeve. Then add 2 cm. That is your measure. Then measure the lace and cut 4 lengths.
  5. So since I didn’t have a color that looked good with the grey, I used black fabric paint and a sponge and dabbed it on the lace. I let the lace dry, then I ironed it on the setting wool for 5 min with a cover over for protection. I could have gone over one more time with black paint, but I like the effect with a little pink shining through. It gets a little vintage feeling.
  6. Sew the ends of each lace together with seam allowance on 1 cm. Pin the lace to fabric. I chose to let the lace cover 1,5 cm of the hem. Then the effect of the lace as see through will be more visible, blending better with whatever pants I am wearing that day. I used a zigzag with 5 mm wide and 3 mm stitch to fasten the lace.

 

Then its done! Hope this can solve the problems of way to many sweaters with arms you got laying around.  Or maybe just some inspiration for a DIY-Christmas presents 😉

Thx for reading ❤ Here is ANOTHER picture with terrible lighting. The ELEVATOR picture! But what ya gonna do when winter came and stole the daylight 😉

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