I’m in the process of making a ton of these little fabric flower poms for the wedding. I love how versatile they are – they can pretty much be used for everything! We’ll be stringing them up into garlands to decorate the tent and I’m making sewing little pins into them so the bridesmaids and flower girl can wear them in their hair (they can be strung into a pretty ribbon to make a halo or just pinned into the hair). They can also be worn as shoe pins and as little brooches on shirts or dresses, or used to decorate packages that you’re wrapping.
These are made out of chiffon to give them an airy, fluffy look but they can also be made out of most any fabric in any colour, including scraps (the ones we’re making for the garlands are made out of a rainbow of cotton colours)! So anyway, this a kind of a step-by-step of how to make them:
- What you’ll need: fabric, scissors, thread, needle, pencil, a circle stencil (or just anything that’s circular, I used the bottom of the thread spool – you can also totally experiment with the circle size to make big poms or little ones!)
- Fold a few times over, roughly as wide as the diameter of your circle stencil (the number of folds depends on how thick your fabric is and how easy it will be to cut through).
- Using the circle stencil, draw a circle with the pencil lightly on the fabric.
- Cut the circles out (don’t worry if they’re not perfectly round, that’s totally alright – you can even scallop the edges to create a more flowery shape).
- Thread your needle, cut the thread (at about 5 to 6 inches) and make a small knot at the end of your thread.
- Take one circle, fold it in half.
- Fold that half into another half (at this point, you will end up with a looks like a quarter of a original circle shape).
- Stitch through the bottom of the ‘quadrant’, pull the thread all the way through.
- Continue this process with the rest of the ‘quadrants’ (I usually use about 8-10 quadrants in one pom, but you can use as many as you’d like – I generally like to use more quadrants when the fabric is softer).
- Once you’re done, find the end of the thread where you first tied the knot, pull it slightly (so there’s some space between the knot and the first quadrant – I do this so I have a little more thread to tie the knot with).
- Make a knot with both ends of thread and pull tight (the quadrants should look like a pom hanging off your thread at this point), then make a dead knot to secure.
- At this point, you can cut off the excess thread or leave it to make a loop for hanging (but don’t forget the needle!)
- Trim the edges of the poms if there are threads hanging or if there’s a bit that’s very uneven.
- Voila! Little fabric poms you can use for everything!