DIY Pom Pom Blanket
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Thankfully my children (newborn son, two-year-old daughter and four-year-old son) love to cuddle. Whether it is breaking in a new day or relaxing for the evening, cuddle time with children calls for a fun blanket. I wanted to incorporate a cute and colorful blanket that I knew my children would love. I was inspired by this pom pom throw from Anthropologie, but with a price tag of $130 I knew it was out of my budget. So on my recent Target and Hobby Lobby trips I picked up some items to make this Anthropologie-inspired blanket at a much cheaper price of $30. My children love the whimsical and comfy aspects of this blanket, and I love the price and memories we will share.
The best part about this project is that you can revamp an old throw and some yarn you may already have in your home, and customize it to your heart's desire. I used similar colors from my inspiration piece, but you can use any color combination you would like to.
Please see the steps below to make your own pom pom blanket.
To make your own pom pom blanket, you will need:
Step 1: Make the pom poms. I followed Heart Hook Home's very helpful pom pom tutorial post to create my large pom poms. I don't have a pom pom maker, therefore I was inspired by the use of recycled toilet paper rolls to act as a template for my large pom poms.
I made 20 pom poms for my throw: 5 rows of 4 pom poms. I also used 5 different colors of yarn.
*Wrap the yarn 100 times around the toilet paper rolls to create a nice, full pom pom.
*Don't wrap the yarn too tight around the toilet paper rolls, so that the yarn is easy to remove from the toilet paper rolls once you are done wrapping.
*Please keep in mind that your pom poms don't have to be perfectly round. It is fun to have a little variation to add interest and texture.
Step 2: Once you have created all of your pom poms, it is time to determine the placement of your pom poms. Lay your blanket on a table top or the floor, and start to place your pom poms (keeping color and possible patterns in mind).
You can eyeball the pom pom placement or you can measure it. This process was very organic for me so I decided to just eyeball the placement of the pom poms.
Once you are happy with the placement, use straight pins to attach the pom poms in place. Or take a picture with your phone so you can remember the placement, and start to sew each pom pom on one at a time.
Step 3: Use the needle and thread (the thread doesn't have to be the same color as your yarn, because it will blend into the yarn) to sew the pom poms on one at a time.
I like to use a double thread technique when attaching one on one pieces to create a stronger hold. However, you can use whatever technique you are most comfortable with.
Be sure to attach the pom pom to the blanket by inserting the needle and thread through the connecting piece of yarn (the middle point). Thread the needle through about 10 times for each pom pom to create a strong hold.
Then finish off the thread with a large knot. It took me about 4 knots to create one that was large enough because of the loose throw fabric.
Cut the thread, and repeat the sewing process until all of your pom poms are sewn to the blanket.
At four hours, this project was probably one of my more tedious and time intensive crafts. However, I love the final product. And, seeing my children's eyes light up as they explored the fun pom poms made it all worth it!
I hope you enjoy making your own version of this DIY pom pom blanket.