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How to Make Faux Fur Pom Poms in Minutes!

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Learn how to make faux fur pom poms in minutes with this super easy step-by-step tutorial! When you’re done, check out my tutorial on how to make a pom pom with tulle too! This post contains affiliate links.


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Fur pom poms are the finishing touch to any winter accessory – but did you know that you can make them from scratch?

These adorable faux fur hat toppers come together super quickly. They are hand stitched using a running stitch around the edge and stuffed with a small amount of poly fill to give them shape.

The trickiest part of learning how to make faux fur pom poms is figuring out how to cut it so that you don’t destroy the fur. The rule of thumb when cutting faux fur: always cut only the back. You want to only cut the knit backing of the fur and not the fur itself, or you’ll get a choppy edge on your fur. So if you’re using rotary cutter, you’ll want to do a light cut on the back of the faux fur.

You can also cut it with a scissor from the front. Use something – such as a pen, to find the fabric between the fur – just as you would find the scalp when parting hair – and cut there only.

Another thing to note is that classic craft fur is very long and shaggy. You may want to try ironing it before making your piece. You also may want to give it a “hair cut”. Most pom pom tutorials require trimming, and faux fur pom poms aren’t really different.

The main difference is: you don’t want it to look too choppy. You can accomplish this by cutting with your scissors parallel to the faux fur, nipping away at the ends.

Should you make or buy your fur pom poms

Before you learn how to make faux fur pom poms, it’s worth considering: is it even something that’s worth making? Not everything needs to be a DIY!

Personally, I’m not sure. It’s not that expensive to buy fur pom poms and they tend to look really neat and nice when you buy them. And while you can make them look neat if you DIY, it’s not something that comes together neatly by default.

You may want to make your own faux fur pom poms if:

  • You have an easier time getting craft fur than pom poms
  • You have faux fur handy but not pom poms
  • You like the shaggy look
  • You need a very specific color or size that you’re not finding
  • You only need them occasionally (and don’t need a big pack) and faux fur is something you keep handy for other crafts too

Or, even if you just prefer to do things on your own rather than buying the parts, you might enjoy to learn how to make faux fur pom poms to have another skill under your belt.

What you’ll need

How to make faux fur pom poms

1. Cut a square for faux fur, roughly 2-3 inches by 2-3 inches, depending on how big you want it. Make sure to only cut through the back knit layer of fabric and not the fur strands. Do this by cutting lightly with a rotary cutter on the back. Or, separate the strands on the front and cut between the rows. You can also cut a circle if you prefer, however, due to the nature of fur, I found it easier to cut a square. It works both ways.

2. Start sewing a running stitch (in and out) around the perimeter of your square, picking up only the back layer as much as possible.

3. As you sew, pull the thread to cinch/pleat the fur.

4. When you’re almost done stuff your faux fur pom pom with poly fill.

5. Pull the whole thing tightly shut. Sew between the ends of the faux fur a few times – until you feel it’s strong enough. If you want to make them removable/exchangeable, you can sew on a button or snap at this point. Or you can leave the thread on to sew directly to your project.

Otherwise, knot your thread and trim.

6. Smooth out your fur so that it’s facing the top of the pom pom (away from the sewn edge). Use your needle to pry out any fur that got caught in the sewing. Slowly trim down the faux fur until your pom pom is a good shape. To avoid choppy edges, cut with the scissors the same direction as the fur and snip away slowly – over a garbage can of course!

You have successfully learned how to make faux fur pom poms! What will you be using yours for? Do you prefer buying or DIYing these? Comment below!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make faux fur pom poms! What will you be using yours for? Comment below!

DIY Fur Pom Poms
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DIY Fur Pom Poms

Learn how to craft your own DIY fur pom poms that come together in just minutes! These are fabulous additions to winter accessories and a great add-on for your knit and crochet projects.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Cut a square for faux fur, roughly 2-3 inches by 2-3 inches, depending on how big you want it. Make sure to only cut through the back knit layer of fabric and not the fur strands. Do this by cutting lightly with a rotary cutter on the back. Or, separate the strands on the front and cut between the rows. You can also cut a circle if you prefer, however, due to the nature of fur, I found it easier to cut a square. It works both ways.
  2. Start sewing a running stitch (in and out) around the perimeter of your square, picking up only the back layer as much as possible.
  3. As you sew, pull the thread to cinch/pleat the fur.
  4. When you're almost done stuff your faux fur pom pom with poly fill.
  5. Pull the whole thing tightly shut. Sew between the ends of the faux fur a few times - until you feel it's strong enough. If you want to make them removable/exchangeable, you can sew on a button or snap at this point. Or you can leave the thread on to sew directly to your project. Otherwise, knot your thread and trim.
  6. Smooth out your fur so that it's facing the top of the pom pom (away from the sewn edge). Use your needle to pry out any fur that got caught in the sewing. Slowly trim down the faux fur until your pom pom is a good shape. To avoid choppy edges, cut with the scissors the same direction as the fur and snip away slowly - over a garbage can of course!

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