How to: Make Fur Pom-Poms

Category: Shelter / Difficulty Level: 2
Posted: 2009-11-27 19:35:02
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Fur pom-poms are a great way to add a finishing touch to whatever rustic garment project you are completing. Here is a simple technique of making pom-poms from tanned rabbit skin.

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1). You will need the following:

  • Faux or real fur (rabbit, otter, marten, raccoon, etc...) cut into circles. shown here are approximately 2" diameter rabbit hide circles.

  • Sewing tools: awl & needle or steel S-needle, real or artificial sinew, or other strong cordage

  • thick holding cordage like buckskin, or ribbon

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    2). Start by using your sewing tools to create stitches around the diamete2r of the fur circles.

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    3). Once you have loosely stitched all around the circumference of the fur circle, you will then, in this case insert a piece of buckskin cordage. This cordage should have triple or quadruple overhand knot in the end. This will prevent the finished pom-pom from slipping off. Most likely the bigger the knot the better...

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    4). Now gently, but firmly pull both starting and stopping strings. Use your thumb to help form the pocket as you pull the cordage tightly...

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    5). The hide should pucker up together around your buckskin holding-cordage and form a little ball...

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    6). You can no run your thread through a few times to seal the fur ball. If the holding cordage that you are using is wide like ribbon you may want to run a few passes with your needle through that to anchor your pom-pom to the cordage. Tie the opening down with a double or triple overhand knot, and...

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    7). Voila! Fur pom-poms now ready to decorate your buckskin mittens, mukluks, fur hat, or whatever you choose to decorate with such.

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