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Pom poms aren’t just for cheerleaders anymore! Make pom poms out of fleece and string them up for a fun new take on a retro embellishment.

Gather your supplies and tools:

  • Two pieces of polar-type fleece in coordinating colors - 1/4 yard each
  • Matching thread
  • One piece of printer paper for making a pattern
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors sharp enough to cut fabric
  • Scissors for cutting paper (save good fabric scissors for fabric, please!)
  • Hand sewing needle

1. Draw a rectangle on your printer paper, 6 inches long and 3 inches wide for your pom pom pattern. Cut it out with paper scissors. Fold your pattern in half length wise to find the center stitching line. Open again and draw a line on your center fold. (Diag. 1).

2. Use the pattern to cut 20 pieces from each color. Make sure to place the long part of the pattern along the long part (crossgrain) of the fleece. (Diag. 2). It’s a tight squeeze so try not to waste the fabric. You’ll have to cut each rectangle edge to edge for it all to fit.



3. Pin the rectangles together in sets of two. You should have ten sets of each color for a total of 20 pom poms. Start with one set and stitch through both layers along the center stitching line. Backtack at the beginning and end of your stitching. Repeat for each set.

4. Place rectangles flat on a table. With your fabric scissors, cut fringes from the long edge to the center stitching line. Continue cutting each fringe 3/8” apart. (Take a good look at your ruler to see how wide this is. You can mark each line if you want but, frankly, it’s a pain. Try to eyeball the width if you can.)  Repeat for both sides of each pom pom. (Diag. 3).

5. Roll up rectangles along the stitching line. (Diag. 4) Using a needle and matching thread, hand sew the roll together securely through the middle 5 or 6 times. Take a final stitch and bring the needle through the thread loop to knot the thread. Now it’s okay to cut the thread. Repeat for each pom pom.

6. Take one pom pom and lap a single fringe over a fringe on another pom pom with the contrasting color. Machine stitch through the two neighboring fringes and backtack securely. Repeat with each pom pom in alternating colors until all the pom poms are strung together. (Diag. 5)

For more information about working with polar type fleece and a pom pom pattern that you wouldn’t have to draw yourself, check out eXpresSew’s Flirting with Fleece.


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