DIY Pom Pom Beanie

Brrrrrr, it’s chilly outside. It’s time to sort through your collection of winter hats, ear muffs, and knit headbands for some necessary protection for that noggin! But before you toss out your favorite slouchy beanie from seasons past, why not revamp it by stitching on a large, furry* pom pom?

* I appreciate the very valid concern about animal cruelty and I hope we all share the same compassion for animals. I would never knowingly point readers to fur that was produced under the conditions mentioned by a couple of commenters. I have changed the link so that it points to faux fur in the hopes that anybody who decides to do this DIY chooses that alternative.

You’ll need:

Thread the needle with about 25 inches of embroidery thread. Double knot the end of the thread.

Find the center of the pom pom and pierce the needle through it. Push the needle through the top of the beanie and pull the thread tight.

Pull the needle back through the top of the beanie and thread the needle through the pom pom in the same spot.

Push the needle back through the beanie. Stitch through the beanie in the inside, going back and forth a few times.

Tie a double or triple knot to secure the thread.

And voila! Your pom pom is attached!

Honestly, who doesn’t love a pom pom?!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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76 Comments

  1. emerja wrote:

    I love it!!! Maybe I try:P

    Smack!!

    http://www.emerjadesign.blogspot.com

    11.29.11
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  2. Mallory wrote:

    Adorable! love the fur pom pom 🙂

    11.29.11
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  3. Great DIY. Absolutely love the final product.

    Fashionable Collections

    11.29.11
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  4. Lali wrote:

    Looks so lovely. 🙂

    11.29.11
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  5. Andie wrote:

    I hate to see real fur. It’s a disgusting trade and whenever I see people wearing part of an animal that was tortured and killed just for it’s fur I think significantly less of them. Not sure I will keep following this blog.

    11.29.11
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  6. Heather wrote:

    I’m with Andie. There’s just no reason for real fur ever, and fake fur would have suited your purposes just fine in this DIY. It somehow seems even more gratuitous when the fur isn’t even being used for warmth.

    11.29.11
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  7. Ambyr wrote:

    I think beanies are cuter with a pom pom. Love this DIY!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

    11.29.11
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  8. Jessica wrote:

    Love it!! I am finishing up the Miu Miu shoes now!

    11.29.11
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  9. Hi! It’s not pleasant to say – I agree with girls, Andie & Heather . To much sorrow…
    But I like the idea with pom pom 😉
    M

    11.29.11
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Andie, @Heather & @Martina, Just like wool, fur pom poms are made from sheared fur. I should have specified that in the post.

      11.29.11
  10. This is so stinking cute!!

    11.29.11
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  11. Candy wrote:

    So simple! Love it! Your DIYS are such nobrainers…and to think I would actually pay a ton of money for that in a store!

    xoxo
    Candy
    http://www.tayloranddemolish.com

    11.29.11
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  12. Jessie wrote:

    adorable beanie! i want to do this DIY it’s great 🙂
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

    11.29.11
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  13. adorable!!!
    xx ~ kristina

    11.29.11
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  14. Very cute hat!

    11.29.11
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  15. Florencia wrote:

    adorable! Love pom pom´s. great idea 🙂
    http://giamportones.blogspot.com/

    11.29.11
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  16. ana wrote:

    This is great! I am going to try this for sure!

    http://thebasicss.blogspot.com

    11.29.11
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  17. Adorable! The bigger the better!!

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

    11.29.11
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  18. allison wrote:

    ah! so cute and easy to do.
    great diy!

    http://www.absurdlypeculiar.blogspot.com

    11.29.11
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  19. crimsonlips wrote:

    I love the fur pompom that you added!

    I think people need to get over the whole fur thing though. If you are against wearing fur then don’t wear any, but if other people want to wear fur, it’s their decision and let them be.

    11.29.11
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  20. Jules wrote:

    Love this idea, but clicked on the “fur” link and it was to real fox fur (and they can’t be sheared like sheep) and that me incredibly sad. There is no reason for real fur when fake fur is so amazing these days. I agree that people should be able to wear fur if they want to, but they should be educated about what they are wearing. Again, love the idea and will continue to follow your blog.

    11.29.11
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  21. I making one TODAY!

    11.29.11
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  22. Oh, I used to have plenty of those pom pom beanies in elementary school 🙂 I loved them soooo much!!! Happy they’re back! Yay!!! 🙂
    Good luck!

    skinnymoonstick.blogspot.com

    11.29.11
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  23. Katie wrote:

    Really upsetting to see real fur being used here.. The fur industry is so cruel, animals are either trapped in the wild or raised in cages and sometimes skinned alive. Lets stick to the faux stuff, please. Besides the fur this is a cute DIY but u might be losing a follower here..

    11.29.11
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  24. erika wrote:

    beautiful diy! did you like my last diy on my blog?

    I follow u here , follow me please
    And I ask you if follow me also here because my google give me a problems :((
    BLOGLOVIN

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    kiss
    Erika
    My Free Choice

    11.29.11
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  25. lord'amercy wrote:

    Please (for the love of G*d) get over yourselves with the animal cruelty bit. Don’t like it? Don’t make it or Don’t wear it. She just suggested two other non-fur options.
    P.S.There are actual PEOPLE suffering in this world. Maybe your efforts would be better focused towards doing something to help them.

    11.29.11
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  26. J Umm wrote:

    this is genius! I love it!
    STYLE DECORUM

    11.29.11
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  27. Nice, and so easy! Thanks for sharing

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

    11.29.11
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  28. Rita wrote:

    I love POMPONS also! I did a DIY of a pompon bracelet this week you can check on my blog primandpolishedby.blogspot.com and tell me if you like it 😉 cheers!

    11.29.11
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  29. I have seen SO many people with a beenie hat like this. Such a great DIY totally on trend!

    11.29.11
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  30. Jillian wrote:

    Honestly? Wtf?

    I genuinely can’t believe you linked your many viewers to real fox fur in order to glam up tired beanies. Approximately 30 million animals are raised in cages and killed worldwide for fur every year. Animals raised on fur farms live in intense confinement, and suffer psychologically. Neurotic behaviors include pacing, circling, self-mutilation, and throwing themselves against the sides of their wire cages. Caged foxes will resort to cannibalism. Although some animals die from disease, stress, cannibalism and self-mutilation, enough survive to make the endeavor profitable.

    While you clap yourself on the back due to the popularity of your blog, I hope you’re aware that you’ve spurned a little more evil and cruelty in the world now that you’ve encouraged your readers to purchase real fur; and therefore, kill helpless animals for an ugly token hat they’ll wear a few times and eventually toss out with last season’s knock offs. Congratulations.

    11.29.11
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  31. Fatima wrote:

    THERE ARE PEOPLE SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD.
    Actual people.
    If you don’t like the blog, then go on with your business– there’s no need to reprimand her.
    GET OFF YOUR CROSS, WE NEED THE WOOD.

    11.29.11
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  32. Gab wrote:

    The fact that people are suffering doesn’t give other people the right to torture and kill animals for ostentatious purposes. Good on you Erica for listening to your readers and suggesting faux fur.

    11.29.11
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  33. Stacie wrote:

    I’ve used vintage fur in some of my projects. I figure if it is in a thrift store or antique store, no one is going to appreciate that fur more than me.

    I hope I’m allowed to say this–

    cute hat? 🙂

    11.29.11
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  34. Elledoc wrote:

    That hat is so cute! I am secretly really happy that it’s warm hat weather again. Thanks for the great DIY!

    11.29.11
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  35. Liv wrote:

    yes perhaps real fur is not the most cruelty free of all fashion pleasures in the world but before you attack poor Erica and Lauren who post for their followers DAILY take a second to think about why you visit this blog everyday. One because its awesome and so genuine and i actually feel like I learn something and find something inspiring to do or look at everyday. I am sure that the intention was not to stir up contraversy or in anyway promote animal cruelty.

    If anyone wants to begin to speak about animal cruelty first take a look inside your fridge and unless you a serious vegan animal lover you will find some product made from a poor little animal that was also tortured and fed all sorts of crap just so you could eat a burger. What about your leather and your leather boots? take a second to remove yourself from your high horse about animal cruelty and critisize and ART PROJECT of freedom of expression and realize how high the chances are that you are being hypocritical.

    @Andi, @Heather, @Jillian, we are lucky enough to live in a free country where we can freely express ourselves on sites like this, if you do not agree with something, do not read it. There is no reason to bring all this negativity to a site as great as this one. Egypt is protesting for their FREEDOM while they get abused and hurt in the streets of their own country, and you are complaining about fur? Priorities. Its a choice. if there was no demand there would be supply.

    11.29.11
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  36. Mook wrote:

    I agree with @Liv above, I have watched cooking shows etc. that shows animals being killed in the factory and it is not humane in any way shape or form or how about jamie oliver killing a chicken live in his cooking show?? In my opinion, nothing which involves killing can be humane so please stop attacking erica and lauren, it is your choice if you want to wear fur or not.

    11.29.11
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  37. topete wrote:

    Totally agree with Liv above, this is such a great and inspirational site, for people to post such brutally hurtful comments against two girls who do care about us readers, and try their hardest to put something good up for us to enjoy and share; its obvious erica didn’t want to encourage the use of fur. Stop being so intolerant and hypocrite.

    11.29.11
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  38. Zane wrote:

    cute, love the idea

    11.30.11
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  39. Some people (Jillian etc) need to chill out

    11.30.11
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  40. Heather wrote:

    @lord’amercy ,@ fatima, @liv,
    It’s fine to express differences of opinion, and I recognize not everyone on here will agree with my point of view, but I think it’s also fine to try to raise awareness. I actually care passionately about human rights, and as a social worker my life has been dedicated to it. Also showing concern that animals are not needlessly tortured does not make me an animal rights nut, nor does it mean that I am spending the majority of my energy on issues of lesser importance– I’ve got space for a lot of causes in my life. I try to live my life by my values in all areas, which means trying to do the least harm possible to humans and animals, while yes, still enjoying myself, which includes liking design and fashion too. I also do my best to avoid brands that have been found to use sweatshop labor and child labor, issues that do seem to get less attention than animal rights for some reason. I recognize that all of us, myself included, will fall down in different areas, whether it’s through the brands we buy, the foods we eat, the causes we support or the politicians we vote for, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, and it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give others the opportunity to make informed choices too. I don’t see why fashion blogs can’t also be forums for helping us to be more informed consumers.

    11.30.11
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  41. maria wrote:

    we all have the right to make our own decisions, and not preach to anyone who does not agree with us. fact — animals have, and always will be used for food, leather, fur. full stop. if you want to do anything, put your energy towards encouraging more humane practices, and get off your high horse.

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  42. Katie Sieger wrote:

    https://www.colorful-stitches.com/store/DisplayProduct.php?sku=FauxFurPom&name=Faux+Fur+Pompoms
    this site has faux fur pompoms in neutral colors like the one in the tutorial!

    11.30.11
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  43. Nina wrote:

    There are so many hypocrits out there! So many people just eat meat, wear leather and are saying that wearing fur is cruel?! It’s exactly the same thing! You need to kill an animal if you want the fur but you kill it too if you want to eat it!

    People have always worn fur, are wearing fur and will continue to do that! The same as with eating meat, you can’t force someone to become a vegetarian.

    12.1.11
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  44. Katie wrote:

    Thank you for changing the link to faux fur! 🙂 Like Heather, I think it’s important to be an informed consumer, and as a strict vegan, I believe in trying to show others that we can live cruelty- free or at least lessen the cruelty. No attacking here, just trying to promote humane options. This is such an inspiring blog with tons of visitors who are impacted by the materials used. It’s great to share materials that don’t involve killing anyone and we can easily continue to DIY with that in mind.

    12.1.11
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  45. Cathy wrote:

    Katie Sieger, thank you for the pompoms link, those are adorable.

    I also would like to say that Erica has stated she understand how people feel and has changed the link to reflect faux fur.

    I’ve recommended this website to a number of people, who have loved it, and the pompom beanie in particular to a friend who is trying to raise money for a school trip for her daughter to go to New York. I think sites like these are really wonderful, and I am inspired.

    12.1.11
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  46. Soeren wrote:

    Love the tutorial! But without opening the next stupid fur discussion.
    Is there also a link to real fur pompoms?

    12.3.11
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  47. is everyone serious?
    i’m really disappointed by the way people are expressing their ideas, i hope it’s just a communication issue and we’re not really thinking in such a closed-minded manner…

    yes, honestly wtf is an inspirational blog and has an awesome diy section, but expressing one’s concerns about animal cruelty does not equal being a hypocrite, or being mean or disrespectful to the authors, but maybe everyone could’ve been a bit nicer, there is a difference between “maybe you could link to faux-fur” and “i can’t believe you would ever link to real fur!”

    yes, there are people suffering in the world, that doesn’t mean you should block out all other concerns, do you dedicate your whole life to one thing? (do you even dedicate your life to the eradication of human suffering?)

    yes, america is a free country where you can choose the way you live, but that doesn’t mean their isn’t a better choice. i don’t believe in black and white, but i do believe in scales of grey. like a fellow reader mentioned, there’s always recycled fur, if it’s that’s so important to you.
    the world has limited resources and concern does not equal arrogance.

    happy holidays and such <3.
    thanks for the tutorial.

    p.s. i'm not concerned with either animals or people per se, i'm concerned with character, so you might even want to ignore the whole spiel.

    12.4.11
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  48. Danielle wrote:

    amazing! the stripes + fur pom are spot on!

    12.6.11
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  49. QQ wrote:

    i wish you hadn’t backed down and left the link to real fur pom pom up.

    as an animal lover, i understand and respect the argument against cruelty-based fur, but come on, how can someone “ethical” ignore the environmental repercussions of a faux fur made entirely of petro-chemicals? it is much damaging to the earth. pure ignorance.

    12.6.11
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  50. Margaux wrote:

    I love the look of this beanie, especially with the fur over the pom pom. Would look cute with matching fur pom pom on the tassels of a coat!

    12.6.11
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  51. Becca wrote:

    So cute! I need a hat, and this is so easy I’ll definitely throw it together. Thanks, as always, for the beautiful inspiration!

    12.7.11
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  52. Plami wrote:

    Lovely!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

    12.9.11
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  53. Lucía wrote:

    I think I’m going to avoid the faux-fur, not faux-fur issue, since everyone already said what they had to say (not in a very nice way regarding both parts) and you actually changed the link. I think it’s such a nice DIY and so easy, I’ll try this one for sure!

    12.9.11
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  54. LAURA wrote:

    Everyone needs to get a grip!! Erica clearly was never telling anyone to use really fur! I love HONESTLY WTF and i really enjoyed recreating this project:)

    12.13.11
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  55. Madeline wrote:

    Ohmygosh guys. Don’t torture the girls over posting a link to real fur. *NEWSFLASH: People wear real fur. Get over it. If you don’t want to support the fur trade, then don’t wear real fur. It’s fine to express your opinion on the subject, but don’t bring other people down by doing it. I do agree that there are people that would be more benefitted by being protected with the fervor that several of you have protected animals. I myself would prefer to use faux fur as well, simply because I do like animals and dislike the idea of wearing a dead one. That, however, does not mean that I am going to bash people for wearing animal fur, it’s their decision.

    12.15.11
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  56. Michele wrote:

    Hi, Just wondering, what brand is the striped beanie? I love it! 🙂 Great DIY

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  57. florence wrote:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say that bunny fur has (generaly) nothing to do with killing an animal for its skin !!
    Bunny fur usualy comes from the bunnies that are killed for the food industry, and the fur is used as well , not to waste anything.
    I’m fond of animals and I HATE when people consider animals like objects, and not like living beings that have the same right of decency than humans. So wearing fur of an animal that have been killed just for it disgusts me, but again, bunny fur is like leather, it’s used because it was going to be thrown away.

    7.31.12
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  58. PengYuFeng wrote:

    Love it

    12.7.12
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  59. hanna wrote:

    hi do you know where i can find fur pom poms online?

    10.25.13
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    9.18.15
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  61. Alla wrote:

    Love it! As for me i love fur so much. Pom poms are so trendy now. I’ve got a few fur accessories from my friend she makes them by herself.
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/257419118/natural-mink-red-heart-keychain?ref=shop_home_active_16

    11.30.15
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  62. Now I know what my 1st project with my pom pom maker should be! 🙂 And in the meantime, I’ve used some store bought pom pom ribbon to make a necklace- http://hapinesswherever.com/2016/07/4633/

    7.19.16
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  63. Amanda wrote:

    I love that Beanie, where did you get it from?

    1.3.17
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