I’m not sure when or where it started, but it’s become a legit *thing*… Shark Week. Last year my blogging pal Lauren from The Thinking Closet put a hilarious spin on it and started SCARF week! All week she and a gaggle of other bloggers posted amazing projects that all involved- wait for it… yeah, scarves. This year I was invited to participate so naturally I replied with all sorts of emojis that indicated I was IN! (Big smiley face, smiley face with hearts for eyes, hands clapping, thumbs up, dancing lady, pink heart and high-five.)
I’m all sorts of obsessed with pom poms and tassels. So naturally I decided to stick with what I love for Scarf Week. I found some old jersey infinity scarves that I could repurpose, but… t-shirts work also! Any cotton jersey, really.
Your first step is to cut your material into 1/2 inch strips. Eyeballing the strips is fine… no need to measure and be super precise. Trim off any seams or hems from your strips as these will add bulk to your pom pom that won’t look so great. Once you have your strips, give each one a tug to stretch it out into more of a ‘yarn-like’ shape.
Making pom poms is super easy and super satisfying. Grab an old piece of cardboard. (Note: It’s probably worth doing some online shopping in order to secure some cardboard boxes… at least that was my strategy, wink wink.) Decide how big you want your pom poms and cut out 2 C-shapes from your cardboard with the same diameter.
Pinch one strip of your material between the cardboard… this will be your tie to keep the pompom in one piece. Next wrap your strips of material around each “C”. When you get to the end of one length, just grab another and keep on wrapping. I wrapped around my cardboard twice for my pom poms, but the more you wrap, the fuller your pom pom will be!
Now comes the tricky part… Place your wrapped cardboard on a flat surface and hold steady with your palm. Take your scissors and carefully cut between your two cardboard Cs… essentially cutting each of your fabric ‘loops’. Press down firmly with your hand or the strips will get messy… fast. Remember that one strip you pinched between the cardboard? Now’s the time to careful reach for that and pull it as tight as you can… this is what will hold alllllll those little strips of jersey together. Make sure it’s good and tight and knotted securely. Slip the pom pom out from the C cardboard and give ‘er a fluff! You might want to snit any outliers or longer strands at this point.
For the tassels, I just folded a handful of strips in half and tied off them off in the middle. Then I went back and wrapped another strip around the whole bundle about one inch below the fold.
I wish I could better explain how I tied them all together, but… it was sort of one big experiment. The gist is that one pompom has a long braided tail… and then I wove in all the other pieces incrementally.
Love my pom poms and love my tassels and LOVE how this bright cheerful bag tag brightens an otherwise ordinary leather tote!
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
The scarf refashion fun has only just begun! Be sure to chomp those
shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
1. From Childhood Memorabilia to Wall Art by It Was Weekend
2. A Vintage Boho Reading Nook: The Ceiling by The Gathered Home
3. Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm by Ciburbanity
4. DIY Scarf Tray by Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
5. How to Turn Your Scarf into a Vest by Burlap & Babies
6. Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Lumbar Pillow by The Silly Pearl
7. Inexpensive Framed Scarf Art by Crafty Bonds
8. The Scarf: A Necessary Item in Every Child’s Dress-Up Box by Apron Strings & Other Things
9. Upcycled Scarf Planter by Upcycled Treasures
10. DIY Sparkling Infinity Scarf Refashion by The Crafting Nook
11. PJ Pants to Scarf Upcycle by Southern State of Mind
12. Furoshiki Book Bag by Tried & True
13. DIY Scarf Camera Strap by The Thinking Closet
Well, we’ve reached the grand finale of Scarf Week with today’s theme of Scarf Refashions, and grand it most certainly was! If you’re just tuning in, this was just one of five inspirational themes from this week. And you can check ’em all out by visiting our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True. And you can also explore all of the creative projects we’ve been sharing on social media by checking out our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.
Every time I participate in these fun blog collaborations, I am amazed at how clever and inventive my fellow bloggers are! Spend some time getting to know everyone and check out their scarf-alicious projects!
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