DIY Pom Pom Pillows

If you don’t know by now, Lauren and I are obsessed with pom poms. Discovering the almighty pom pom maker when we first started HonestlyWTF a few years ago was an absolute game changer. Pom pom birthday garlands, pom pom gift tags, pom pom luggage tags, pom pom beanies, pom pom bag charms . . . for awhile there wasn’t a single thing protected from our pom pom craze. Except pillows. After recently lusting over a traditional Moroccan blanket, adorned with giant, fluffy pom poms, I was instantly inspired. My new outdoor sofa was in desperate need of some color and fluff and adding them to a handful of pillows, with Hmong and Guatemalan fabrics I had on hand, was a no brainer.

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You’ll need:

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Start by making your pom poms. The pom pom maker comes in 2 parts, each that sandwich together with two moving arches. Keep all the parts closed when making a pom pom. For a small pom pom, take 2 yards of yard and fold it in half. Open one set of arches and wrap the yarn around it.

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Close the arch.

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Repeat on the other side. Take a pair of sharp shears and cut along the middle ridge of the pom pom maker around the entire circle.

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Take 6 inches of yarn and slide it through the middle of the pom pom maker. Tie into a tight double knot.

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Open the swinging arches and separate the two sides of the pom pom maker. Your pom pom is finished! All you need to do it take a pair of shears and give the ball a bit of a trim if necessary. Just be sure not to trim the tie, that ties it all together – you’ll need that for the next step!

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Cut 2 pieces of fabric at the same size – I used a piece of vintage fabric on top and heavy duty linen on the bottom. Pin the pom poms, with the pom poms facing in, to the outer edge of the bottom fabric. The base of the pom poms should be about 3/4″ from the edge.

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Sew the pom poms onto the fabric with a 1/4″ seam allowance and a straight stitch. Be sure that you have your zipper foot attached.

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Once all the pom poms have been sewn on, lay the patterned fabric over the top and pin closed.

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Sew the pillow closed – this time with a 1/2″ seam allowance. I recommend that you stick your finger between the two sheets to adjust the pom poms to prevent sewing them into the pillow. Leave a 3 inch opening on one side of the pillow and turn the pillow inside out.

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Fill the pillow with handfuls of poly stuffing.

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Once the pillow is full, fold the seams of the opening inwards and pin them closed. A blind ladder stitch will close it seamlessly. Take needle and thread, knot the two tail ends together in a double knot. Push the needle up and through the end of one of the folded seams. Now take the needle and grasp a tiny piece of fabric along the seam crease, across from the seam crease from which you started.

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When the thread is pulled through, you will notice that the stitch is concealed within the seam crease, and there will be a horizontal stitch connecting the left and right sides of your opening. Continue stitching back and forth, grasping a piece of fabric along the seam crease and pulling tightly. 

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Your pillow is sealed and finished!!

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You can always add pom poms just on the corners of the pillows.

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Hooray for pom poms!!

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(images by HonestlyWTF)

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57 Comments

  1. Dominique wrote:

    love it!

    Thank you
    xxx
    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

    8.27.14
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  2. So cute!
    XO CHAMAFASHION
    http://www.chamafashion.com/

    8.27.14
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  3. STEL STYLE wrote:

    Really cute!!

    http://www.stelstyle.com

    8.27.14
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  4. Denisa wrote:

    Good information.
    xx
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

    8.27.14
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  5. Nađa wrote:

    oh sooo cute, but I can’t find a pom pom maker in my city, and international shipping is a bitch 🙁

    8.27.14
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  6. Lisa wrote:

    Hey…. the pillows are so cute. Really good idea. I have already ordered the pompom maker and will do it…. xoxo

    8.27.14
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  7. Lisa wrote:

    Hey…. the pillows are so cute. Really good idea. I have already ordered the pompom maker and will do it…. xoxo

    http://www.cocos-philosophy.de

    8.27.14
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  8. Emma wrote:

    Wow, these pillows are amazing. This is going to be my next DIY project, I love stuff like this
    x

    Written with style | Bloglovin

    8.27.14
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  9. This is honestly the happiest DYI ever… I want to pom pom everything. Lucky I don’t have a child or else…..

    8.27.14
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  10. Erin wrote:

    Love these I am not a DYI girl, but I love pillows and these are too cute. http://www.beautyjunkkie.com

    8.27.14
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  11. MD Babu wrote:
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  12. Zen wrote:

    Love the colourful pom-poms! 🙂 Nada’s comment is really interesting- I wonder if it would be possible to do a DIY tutorial FOR a pom pom maker 🙂 Something for me to think about for my next post on hapinesswherever.wordpress.com 🙂

    8.29.14
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  13. Jody wrote:

    Wonderful pillows, I’m a pillow lover myself and make new ones for every season. Love your pom -poms. Can’t believe you had the patience to make so many, must have taken a week or so with a little one at home. 🙂
    Love the color combo too! Thanks for the tut.

    8.29.14
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  14. marilu wrote:

    Wow, the DIY pillow is so cute and lovely.

    8.30.14
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  15. I just found your website, but I love your pom pom craze! The pillows here are beautiful, I love the mix of Guatemalan fabric put together with the pom poms, such a fun mix. And it’s perfect on your outdoor sofa.

    Great idea, thanks for sharing!

    8.30.14
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  16. adorable idea!!!!!!!!!

    8.30.14
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  17. Francisca wrote:

    I love pom poms! I remember my sisters doing them for me when I was young since I was not allowed near scissors yet. The would make it with a round of cardboard paper with a hole in the middle… Works just like the pom pom maker, only you need to pass the thread through the hole. And you can adjust the size from tiny to gigantic! 🙂

    8.30.14
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  18. Lazymari wrote:

    Hi! I really love these pom poms pillows and your blog , I want to buy a sewing machine , could you tell me what model is yours??
    Can it sew all kind of fabrics, like for example, denim or leather??

    Thanks!! ^^

    9.6.14
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  19. Inna wrote:

    very lovely and cool

    9.12.14
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  20. Maureen wrote:

    Very cute outside pillows!
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    1.20.15
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  21. robin levitt wrote:

    I actually love these fabrics. Can you share with me where to buy them and the names?

    6.15.15
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  22. Zen wrote:

    Pom poms make excellent DIYs 😉 Here s my take on the top 3 🙂 https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/round-up-best-pom-pom-diys/

    8.22.15
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  26. wadzie wrote:

    very beautiful. i also need a pom pom maker. where can i find one I’m in Zimbabwe.

    11.11.17
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  27. theda wrote:

    love it.

    9.10.18
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  28. Lamia wrote:

    Honestly I’m in love with your cushions and all wht you do . Thanks for sharing it

    10.7.18
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