Mandilicious Christmas: Giant Ombre Pom Pom Blanket
Last December I did a really fun week long series called It’s A Very Mandilicious Christmas. It was full of DIY projects that made rockin gifts and were super budget friendly. Well my internet besties, guess what? Its back!! All this week I will be sharing really great DIYs that will be “one for you, one for me”, gifting ideas.
Up first is a tutorial that I have been meaning to post for months. Like since April. Sometimes I fail at being a blogger. But there is a good reason.
When I made the giant pom pom blanket for Dylan’s room, it was SO cute. I loved it. Then I started seeing pink yarn all over my house. There was a problem, the poms were molting.
I really wanted to come up with a better solution before I shared the tutorial with you guys…then one thing lead to another and here we are…in December!
The really good news is that I have figured out a way to make the poms stay together so that the blanket is easier to wash, and so that you wont feel like you have a LaLaLoopsy that has alopecia living in your house.
There are a few different techniques to making pom poms and for the sake of YOUR sanity I have tried them all. When you are making grapefruit sized poms you have to find a way to make it work (thanks for the motivation Tim Gunn!)
So this is what works best for me, if you have another technique by all means go with what you are comfortable with!
Typically pom templates are made out of cardboard. That is great and all, but when you are making 10-15 giant poms then you are going to go through quite few templates (like a new one for every 2 poms). All that wrapping breaks down the cardboard and it gets really floppy. So I needed something stronger than cardboard.
It also needed to be easy to find. As fun as it is to track things down from Amazon, when I want to do a project I want to do it NOW. I know that a lot of you are like that too (this is why we get each other! Awwwww! Group hug!!)
The best solution that I came up with is an embroidery hoop. Well, the inside ring of an embroidery hoop to be exact.
Supplies you will need:
One 5” embroidery hoop
1 Skein of Yarn for every 2 pom poms (I use extra thick yarn because it looks really beautiful and expensive and less like a muppet.) If you use thinner yarn you might get more poms out of it, but I honestly don’t know how many. I made 10 pom poms so I used 5 skeins of yarn. (One dark, 2 medium and 2 light, you can see the color pattern down lower!)
1 spool of Upholstery Thread
Start by taking out the center of your embroidery hoop. This is your template.
Start by wrapping your yard around the hoop.
After you have wrapped it around about 15 times, take a piece of your upholstery thread and wrap it around the center of your yarn a few times and then tie a tight knot.
Then start wrapping again. It is ok if your upholstery thread gets lost in the mix, you will trim it when you are done!
Keep wrapping until you have wrapped 20-25 times again. Wrap your thread around and tie a knot.
Start wrapping again. Wrap 20-25 times. At this point (if you are using extra thick yarn) you have probably used about 1/2 of your skein. That is the goal, to get 2 poms out of each one. If you have used more that 1/2 unwind it a little and even out the amounts a little bit better. Wrap your thread a few times and tie a knot.
***Make sure that each round of upholstery thread is TIGHT. The molting pom situation, is because the thread holding them all together was not tight enough!!
Isn’t it so chubs!
Now take a piece of yarn that is about 12” long. Wrap it over your upholstery thread and tie a knot, leaving as much as you can on one side of your yarn. This is what you are going to use to connect it to your blanket.
This is where the sharp scissors come into play. It just makes things SO much easier if they are sharp. Trust me, my Dollar Store ones were NOT doing the trick.
Cut along the fold in your yarn along the hoop.
You might have to wiggle the yarn around a little to be able to fit your scissors underneath it.
Once you are done, cut along the other side. (This one goes much faster because it isn’t tight against the hoop. When you are finished you will notice that you don’t have a round pom pom. Its more of an acorn shape. Don’t stress, this is an easy fix.
Hold onto the longer pieces of yarn at the bottom of your pom (you will have to do this at the top too)
Channel your inner hair dresser and start hacking.
You will notice that the yarn on the sides of the pom are perfect, it is just the top and bottom that need trimming. Round it out so that they match the sides. I like to spin it a little so I can see where it is lopsided.
Be careful when you are cutting the top that you don’t cut the long piece that is going to attach to the blanket!
This is the part where you become a pom pom making machine. (I made 10 pom poms for my blanket today, but you can use as may or as little as you want!
When you have made all of your pom poms it is time to attach them to your blanket. I found this off white knit throw at Homegoods for $20.00. This time of year is AMAZING for finding inexpensive throw blankets.
They have some really good ones at Target too. I am bound and determined to make one of these blankets using this $20 plaid throw and yellow pom poms! So cute right?!
Attaching your pom is so simple.
Thread your yarn through one of the openings in the knit. (I just used my fingers, but if you have a smaller knit or something that you have to poke a hole in I would use this paperclip technique!)
Bring the end back underneath the knot you tied around the center of the pom pom.
Feed it through the hole in the blanket again. And then tie it off at the knot in the middle of the pom pom. (So there will be 2 loops going from the pom pom to the blanket)
Trim the extra and you are done!!
I wanted my poms to be ombre in color but not so literal, so I did the medium color on the outside, the lightest inside that, and the darkest in the very middle.
Total cost for this project was $35.00 (make sure you use coupons when you buy your yarn!) and it looks like it was SO much more expensive than that!
If you need more gift ideas (for yourself or others…its ok, I wont judge!) make sure to tune into Vintage Revivals every day this week and check out last year’s projects!
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