Pompom Shams

Tell me the truth, who spent their weekend making pompoms? You know I did. Not surprising, huh. 
Even more not surprising, I added them to our little lady's bedding. You knew that one was coming, didn't you? I hate to be so predictable, but when an idea is good, it's just good. Predictable or not.

My only struggle was deciding where to put them. At first I thought - shams and duvet. You know, make a little set (I had a plain white Ikea set that we had previously used in the guest room). Then I worried about the washability of the duvet once the pompoms were added. A duvet is always on the bed, subject to a lot more use/abuse. Once your kid has had the stomach flu, you never look at bedding the same way again! Shams, on the other hand, are really only on the bed when it's made, less likely to suffer middle of the night issues. Shams it is! 

First I added one pompom to each corner of the shams, but it felt a little lack luster, if you know what I mean. So, I added an extra pompom to each side (making 3 per side)…still a little wah-wah. Then, upon my mom's suggestion, I added 3 more across the top and bottom. Bingo. Now we're talking.  

So cute. If I do say so myself. 
In case you are curious these are all hand stitched to the white shams, plain old needle and thread. Doesn't get much simpler than that. 
If you missed the DIY pompom tutorial, you can check it out here
Hope you had a great weekend!

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Pompom How To

During our search for new bedding in our little lady's bedroom, I was continually drawn to the pompom. Yup. That cute, little, fluffy, pouf of color and texture just kept drawing me in. Time and time again. From duvets, to quilts, to shams, to blankets and even sheets - the pompom made an appearance just about everywhere - and I loved them all. 

Cue the DIY pompom.
So easy to make, they might be popping up all over our house. 
Or yours. 

Let me come right out and tell you that you can purchase a "pompom maker" for under $10, which would probably produce perfect pompoms, but this method is super easy, although not quite perfect, and it saves you a tenner. That's a good thing. 
Let's get right to it.

Step 1: 
Wrap your chosen yarn (the thicker the yarn, the fluffier your pompom) around your hand, like so, approximately 60 times to achieve a full, fluffy pompom. After the 60th-ish wrap, cut the yarn to the length of your pompom. Try to keep the width of your wrap as even as possible to ensure a symmetrical pompom.

Step 2:
Carefully remove the wrapped yarn from your hand. Meanwhile cut a separate length of yarn to act as the center band. Place the hand wrapped yarn on top of the center band.

Step 3: 
Gather the hand wrapped yarn together with the center band - knot the center band as tightly as possible. A double knot wouldn't be a bad idea. Trim any excess of the center band.

Step 4:
With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the yarn loops in the center to create two seperate lengths of yarn.

Step 5:
Fluff. Step back and admire your work. 
At this point, you can choose to trim the individual pieces to create a more perfect, symmetrical pompom. 
Or you can just let it be an imperfect, free form.
Perfect or imperfect - both have their advantages and not surprisingly, I love them all. 

If you need me this weekend, I'll be making pompoms. And adding them just about everywhere. 

until next time,