Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DIY Pom-Pom Favor Decorations

Pillowy pom-poms make the perfect adornment for favour boxes or turn large ones into garlands by stringing them side by side. Choose from tulle, organza, and net, perhaps with a lace or Swiss-dot pattern, then set aside just a few minutes to put them together.

Cut fabric into strips (3-inch-wide strips that are 20 inches long) using a rotary cutter, an acrylic ruler, and a cutting mat. (For garland, cut 7-, 9-, or 12-inch-wide strips that are 120 inches long. 

Hand-sew a running stitch down the center (tie a knot in the end of your sewing thread, leaving a long tail), stopping after about 12 inches to push the fabric along the thread to gather it. Continue stitching and bunching until you reach end of strip; gather the fabric tightly, and tie the tails of the sewing thread in a knot. 

To make puffs into garlands, use a long large-eyed needle, such as a darning needle or upholstery needle, to sew white string through the centers of the pom-poms, and slide the pom-poms into position as you go. (Trim the ends of the sewing thread at any point after knotting.)

To use a puff to grace a favor box or as a hair decoration, use the tails of the sewing thread to tie or sew the pom-pom to the headband, the favor ribbon, or to the loop of a bobby pin; then trim the thread.

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