There’s something about their simplicity that’s so appealing- fun and elegant at the same time. So when I had to spend a day outside of the sewing studio while it was recarpeted, I decided to finally satisfy my pompom itch and make a little decor of my own.
This pompom accent rug was very gratifying and easy to make- but I’m not going to lie, more than a little time-consuming. Turns out it’s not even a done-in-one-day kind of project. I’d recommend treating this as one of those side endeavors that you tackle a little bit at a time.
What You’ll Need:
- Upholstery or indoor/outdoor fabric, two 20″ square pieces
- High-loft batting, approximately 25″ square
- Sewing machine and thread
- Yarn: lots and lots of it! A variety of gauges, texture, and colors will create an eclectic and funky effect.
- Good sharp scissors
- Large yarn needle
Create the rug base. This is a very simple sandwich of fabric and batting. Layer the two squares of fabric so right sides are facing and edges aligned. Layer these two pieces on top of the batting so they’re centered, then sew all the way around the perimeter leaving a 4″ opening for turning. Turn the sandwich right-side out and slip stitch the opening closed.
Make some pompoms! I started with this tutorial which suggests 100 wraps around two fingers. However, I found that I varied the number of wraps and fingers depending on the yarn: more wraps for thinner yarns and more fingers for thicker. You’ll soon get a feel for it. Leave tails of the yarn used to tie the pompom, about 6″ long.
Attach the pompoms. Thread the tail of one pompom onto a yarn needle and pull it through the base (I recommend starting in the center of the mat). Pull the other tail through about 1/4″-1/2″ away from the first tail.
Tie a double (or triple) knot on the backside of the rug. Nice and snug. Then trim the yarn tails.
Step 5: Continue adding pompoms in this manner. For a really lush look and feel, you’ll want to add a lot of pompoms and sew them close together on the base, working outward.
You can work in whatever order however you like. To break up the process a bit, I created roughly 10 pompoms at a time, sewed them on, then went back to pompom making. Be sure to sew pompoms right up the edges so you can’t see any of the mat. And once you’ve covered it completely, you may want to go back and add a few final pompoms in any gaps. Patience, my friends. The goal is an impenetrable pompom surface.
You may want to do some final trimming once all the pompoms are attached to even out any irregularities- pompoms can be a bit finicky. I’m very pleased with the final resort. It’s eclectic, fun, and super soft on bare toes. It also helped me bust through a hefty amount of yarn stash.
(And yes, the puppy is a big fan.)
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