Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial)

I’ve had requests for this tutorial for a while and I finally just made myself finish it this week! Everyone loves these hair accessories and it is a great way to use up those extra knit scraps!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

This is a photo from last spring with Li’l Miss Elle wearing a pom in her hair….I can’t believe how young she and Boo look!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Materials needed:
Knit scraps
3 ” or 4″ needle
Nylon thread
Pliers
Glue gun
An alligator clip, head band or pony tail holder
Optional: velvet ribbon for lining clip

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: Cut out strips of knit yardage or t-shirt scraps measuring about 5″ x 3/4″ and thread your needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Take your first strip and insert the needle about 1/8″ from the middle edge….you will stick the needle back through at another 1/8″ and continue……

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…..until you’ve created an accordion-type fold onto the needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Repeat the last step for your next strip of knit…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…but twist it around once it is on the needle so that it lays across the other piece like a cross:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Continue to add your other strips of knit in the same manner and twist them once they are threaded into a star shape as shown and flatten them all down together to the bottom of the needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Once you have added enough strips so that the pom is the fullness that you prefer run your needle back through to secure all the strips.

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Stitch back and forth through all the layers one or two more times to secure them well….you may need a pair of pliers for this step to help pull the needle through!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Tie a knot to secure your pom…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
….and turn the pom over to the other side and tie the top layer in to a little knot as shown:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: Trim your layers to the length you prefer and making the top poms just a tad shorter than the ones below:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
A finished pom!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Use a glue gun to attached an alligator clip to the bottom. You can glue a small velvet strip to the inside of the clip to make it “non-slip.”

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
I love using silk screen scraps….

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
….and upcycled knit:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
You can add a pom to a headband…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…..and even sew one to a pony tail holder!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
So many varieties!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

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  1. 1
    Crafterella says:

    Those are great, I really love the headband, I might need to make one for me :) Thanks for sharing such a cute idea.

  2. 2
    twolittletots says:

    LOVE them! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    Danielle says:

    see i knew there was a reason i have been holding on to my scraps of the scraps! thanks for another easy to follow tutorial!

  4. 4
    Jennifer Dawn says:

    This is the best idea I have seen in a long time. I can't wait to make some. I LOVE these!

  5. 5
    nlupone says:

    Ashley, Thank you for sharing. This is a cute idea and my girl will love them. Thank you! Happy holidays!!!

  6. 6
    Kelly says:

    Thank you! Hope my will turn out as cute as yours. Merry Christmas!

  7. 7
    CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. 8
    Oh Holland! says:

    So cute! And why have I never thought of using pliers? I have a chipped front tooth from pulling my needle through with my teeth.

  9. 9
    caknitter says:

    omg this is a great idea! And, adorable poms to boot. :-)

  10. 10
    casserole says:

    These are so awesome!! I need to clean out my scrap bin, and this is the perfect project for it!

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-pom-hair-accessories-from-upcycled-knit-fabric/2010/12/23/

    –Anne

  11. 11
    Neisha says:

    what a great idea!! I'm always looking for ways to reuse a t-shirt.

  12. 12
    Hi there, says:

    THANK YOU for doing this tutorial! And wow I LOVE the tip about using the pliers to pull the needle though the fabric! I never thought of that before! Great tip! Thanks again (:

  13. 13
    felicia says:

    So I just got around to trying this. Mine didn't turn out nearly is cute :( The knits got all curly. Any tips?

  14. 14
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  15. 15
    Fabric Bows and More says:

    Love them, you have been featured on our blog: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

  16. 16
    Amanda says:

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  17. 17
    erika sari says:

    beautiful…..i’ll make some….thanks..

  18. 18
    harrysdesk says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I loved this tutorial and craft so much I have featured it on my blog.
    You can see it here….
    http://allysonadeney.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/handmade-gift-ideas-with-tutorials-kids-little-boys-little-girls/
    … if you like.
    Thanks for taking the time to put it together and sharing it.
    Ally on harrysdesk

  19. 19
    Jen C. says:

    Where can I buy these bows? Love them

  20. 20
    Amy says:

    Could I make these with a woven fabric if I cut the strips on the bias to minimize fraying? Would that work? I want to make one to match my daughter’s school uniform using fabric from an old uniform. Thanks!!

  21. 21
    aniwasabi says:

    Love this tutorial. I have Pin it here.
    http://pinterest.com/lcyeang/hair-bows/

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