Friday, April 8, 2011

Tulle Pom-Pom Clippies

I have been playing around with fabric, ribbon, and tulle a bit here.
In that process I made some pretty cute tulle pom-poms. They look extra cute with piggy tails and are easy to make. And since tulle is one of my very favorite party decorations, gift wrap embellishments, and I have made a couple of tu-tus it is pretty assessable. They even have it a Wal-mart for less that three dollars for a big roll. To start you will want to cut a cardboard template. Mine was 3 inches by 4 inches. The length would stay the same for any size pom pom, but I would adjust the width for a larger one. Cut off 12 inches off tulle and then cut that piece in half length wise. So you end up with two strips that are 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. Now stack these evenly (ish) on top of each other. Next evenly (ish) wrap the strips around your template.
Use a clip or clothes pin to hold the tulle in place
and gently slide it off the template.
Using double ply thread in a matching color
stitch up the center of the tulle
with about 1/4 of an inch stitches.
Leave the thread and needle dangling as you cut the folded edges loose...
now you should no folded edges.
Make 1/4 of an inch snips with your scissors down the edge...
as if you were making fringe or bangs.
Repeat on both sides.
This is my favorite part.... tug on the thread and watch the tulle gather up at one end.
Pinch all the fluffy, snipped tulle to one side and leaving a kind of base.
Wrap the thread the around the bottom of the base to the other side.
Sew it through the bottom of all the layers and pull it through.
Give it a tug and tie it off.
It should make it into more of a knob...
rather than flat base now.
Flip it over and separate the pieces from each other.
Just play with it 'till it looks good and fluffy!
Sew on the pom-pom... no real trick here,
just make sure to get on good and tie it off.
Ta-Da! How cute are these?
Hmmm... maybe I need to try to make some mommy sized!


Let's go make something,


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