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How to Make a Pom-Pom Ball
This fleece pom-pom makes a perfect toy for younger kids, just make sure to watch carefully with younger kids and make sure it is not given to kids who still put things in their mouths! It is also a great toy for your dog or cat!
First, start out by gathering these supplies:
- Piece of Cardboard, cut to approx. 3" x 6"
- Fleece, less than an 1/8 of a yard (can use scraps)
Once you have all your supplies, you can start cutting your fleece...
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Cutting Your Fleece
Fold your fleece in half a few times so you can cut strips out of several layers at once. Cut 3 to 6 strips, about 1/2 - 1 inch wide, they do not have to be perfect. The fleece I buy is 60 inches wide so I fold it in half twice so that I am cutting through 4 layers to make one strip that measures approximately 1-inch by 60-inches. For a fuller look to the ball, use as many as 6 strips (60-inch length), for a floppier ball you can use as few as 3. If you have scraps, feel free to use them up.
The... next step is to wrap the fleece around the cardboard.
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Wrapping The Fleece
Start by loosely wrapping your pieces of fleece around the 3-inch width of the cardboard. Do not pull too tight on the pieces of fleece or they will stretch out of shape. Start wrapping the second strip of fleece about where the first ends. This does not have to be exact or perfect. Just wrap away, leaving about an inch of cardboard showing on each side.
Next, you will learn how to form the ball.
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Forming the Pom-Pom Ball
Once all your fleece is wrapped, gently slide it off the cardboard and set it on your work surface. Cut a piece of fleece, about 1-inch wide and 6-inches long. Pull on both ends of this piece of fleece to stretch it as far as it will go without breaking. Gently slide this under the fleece you slid off the cardboard, centering it between the loops on both ends. Tie it as tight as you can. Trim the ends of the tied fleece strip.
Now it is time to start trimming the loops.
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Trimming the Loops of the Pom-Pom Ball
Now take your scissors and work the end through the loops and cut. Cut through all the loops on both sides and fluff out your ball. Trim as desired. You can trim it down to be a denser, smaller ball or leave it larger.
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Finishing Your Pom-Pom Ball
Experiment and see what you like best. Use up your scraps and you can even mix and match colors. Try making thick balls using 6 strips or floppier balls using as few as 3 strips. You can even stretch your pieces of fleece before you wrap them on the cardboard and see what you end up with.