These stylish pom poms are great for parties – and you can use them again and again.


Read on for Rebecca Reid's free tutorial for how to sew-up a quick garland of fabric pom-poms. It’s our party, and we’ll sew if we want to!

DIY fabric pom poms garland tutorial

Paper garlands can be easily bought in the shops, but only fabric ones will do for us! Make a few of these simple fabric pom coms and string them together for a glitzy garland that Gatsby himself would be proud of.

You will need...

For each pom pom

  • Fabric: 40x32cm (16x13in) – we Glitz fabrics by Michael Miller– see EQS for stockists
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Twine - to hang them from


Each finished pom pom measures 7cm in diameter (234in).

Cutting out the fabric

Step one: Draw a circle with a 7cm (234in) diameter onto paper and cut this out to make the template.

Step two: Place your circle template onto the wrong side (WS) of the fabric, draw around it and cut it out. Repeat to make 20 circles.

Folding the circles

Step one: Cut a length of matching thread. Fold this in half and thread the two ends through your needle.

Step two: Take one fabric circle and fold it in half WS together then half again to make a little fabric wedge.

DIY fabric pom poms step 1

Assembling the pom pom

Step one: Hold the pointed end of one folded circle between your finger and thumb, then push the needle through the end of it a couple of millimetres up from the bottom. Thread the needle through the loop at the other end and pull up to secure.

Step two: Attach nine more circles in the same way, by folding them and threading them on the end of your needle. Work a tiny stitch after you have threaded each folded circle on to secure.

DIY fabric pom poms step 2

Step three: Take the thread and sew it back through the first folded circle again so you have a ring of folded circles – this will form one half of your pom pom.

DIY fabric pom poms step 3

Step four: Repeat with the other ten circles to make the other half of the pom pom.

Step five: Stitch the centre points of one half to the centre points of the other half securely, to finish your pom pom.

DIY fabric pom poms step 4

Step six : Make several more pom poms in the same way using a variety of fabrics, then thread a length of twine through the centre of each pom pom to hang as a garland.

DIY fabric pom poms garland


Rebecca ReidCrafter, designer and TV presenter

Rebecca is founder of Amber Makes and has previously worked as Senior Technical Editor of Love Embroidery and Simply Sewing magazines. She works with sewing TV channels including Sewing Street, Yarn Lane and Sewing Quarter. She been stitching since she was a child and has worked on many craft magazines as well as running her own curtain-making business. She is known by her colleagues as a sewing oracle – you name it, she can sew it. She’s hugely knowledgeable about sewing techniques, fabrics and tools and is full of helpful advice for her fellow sewists, from the best place to buy curtain-making materials to which books and websites are handy for that sewing problem you’re stuck on.

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