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Make Fur Pom-Poms

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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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Make Fur Pom-Poms


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How To: Make Fur Pom-Poms

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.View full-size image
     
    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...View full-size image
     
    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...View full-size image
     
    5). The hide should pucker up together around your buckskin holding-cordage and form a little ball...View full-size image
     
    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...View full-size image
     
    7). Voila! Fur pom-poms now ready to decorate your buckskin mittens, mukluks, fur hat, or whatever you choose to decorate with such.View full-size image
     

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