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


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


    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...


    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...


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


    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...


    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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