Today I’ve got the another great craft make for you. This pompom footstool is colourful, crazy and a little bit out there. But as it’s creator Christine Leech says ‘it never fails to raise a smile from visitors to my house’.
Pompom making is the most therapeutic, and easy, craft ever, and if you’re new to pompom making this is a good one to have a go at. Scroll down for step-by-step instructions on how to make the footstool.
A great way of using up scraps of yarn, there is everything from chunky aran to fluffy angora and cotton DK here. Choose a range of colours;
I went for neutral shades of grey, beige and white to allow the brighter accents of pink, orange and turquoise to stand out.
YOU WILL NEED
Small footstool, (the body of this one is approximately 10cm deep with a diameter of 40cm)
Piece of stretchy soft fabric that doesn’t fray (an old woollen jumper or piece of jersey cotton) in a colour similar to your yarn
Various yarns in your chosen colour scheme
3.5cm, 5.5cm, 7cm and 9cm diameter pompom makers
Scissors Darning needle 2 metres ribbon
1 Make lots of pompoms in various sizes and colours. For this footstool, I made 100 pompoms! Most are one colour, but for some
I wound two or three shades together for a multi-coloured effect.
To do this, hold all the yarns as you wind them onto the maker. Leave long yarn tails when tieing the pompoms as these are used to sew them to the footstool.
2 Measure the padded part of your footstool, as shown below.
3 Depending on the shape of your stool, cut a circle or square from stretchy fabric using this measurement. Thread the darning needle with ribbon, then sew a running stitch all round the edge. Leave a long length of ribbon at the beginning and end.
4 Place the fabric over the stool pad and gather it on the underside by pulling the ribbon ends. Once it is fitting snugly, knot the ribbon.
5 To sew the pompoms to the fabric, thread the darning needle with the yarn tail of one pompom then stitch it securely in place anywhere on the cover. Repeat with the second tail. Tie the tails together and trim.
6 Repeat with the remaining pompoms until the fabric is covered.
TIP: You can always use a glue gun to fix the pompoms to the top of the footstool, but there’s no going back once they’re stuck.
TIP: If you don’t have a footstool, this method makes a really cute rug
Images and instructions taken from Pompomania by Christine Leech, photography by Joanna Henderson, published by Quadrille, £10.
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