Dress up an ordinary sweater by adding small pom-poms.

Kids can make pom-poms using a store-bought plastic maker. (They can also use two doughnuts cut from cardboard; stack them, then wind the whole pom-pom at once.) The size of the maker determines the size of the pom-pom.

Tip: When making a pom-pom, sew through the center three times to keep a pom-pom from falling off -- and rolling away!


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Wind yarn around one unit of pom-pom maker, working from one end to the other, and then back again. Continue until yarn fills the inside of the U. Repeat with other unit.

Step 2

Clamp feet of units together to form a circle.

Step 3

Snip the yarn along the circumference of the circle. Slide a piece of waxed twine between the layers of the circle, and tie in a knot, pulling tight.

Step 4

Separate the units and pull them off pom-pom.

Step 5

Trim into a neat sphere.

Step 6

Place two of the four plastic U-shaped pieces back-to-back, pairing each bumpy one with a smooth one. Repeat with the remaining pieces.

Step 7

For pom-poms that orbit the wrist, space several equally around the cuffs of a sweater. Mark out placement with pins, and use a running stitch to sew pom-poms to cuff, hiding thread by passing it inside cuff between pom-poms.


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