I first noticed the pom pom sweater trend when someone wore one to the paper flower workshop I hosted with Mollie Makes in Bristol, UK. Now we’ve been seeing them everywhere! Of course our first thought was, a perfect opportunity for DIY. The blonde cutie in our photos is the daughter of our PR coordinator Emily. She also happened to be a guest designer for this project! Sometimes you just have to channel some youthful energy 😉 She came up with three designs for pom pom sweaters and it was so much fun bringing them to life.
When making your pom pom sweaters, arrange the pom poms on the shirt before gluing. We used 1.5cm felted balls from Benzie Design and found some basic sweaters at H&M. The download below includes templates for the star pattern and the chevron pattern. The third design is simply a random assortment of pom poms. For this design we recommend arranging one color at a time so that each color is evenly distributed. Once you finalize your designs, slip a piece of cardboard under the first layer of the shirt so that you are working with a flat surface. This will also prevent the glue from seeping through to the other side of the shirt.
You can see the various color schemes that we used for our pom pom sweaters, but feel free to choose any colors that you like. To attach the felted balls to your fabric, all you need is a hot glue gun! We actually tested their durability in the washing machine and we are happy to say that they came out just fine. If you wash these pom pom sweaters on the hand wash setting, it will certainly last longer than just a regular machine wash. These sweaters are a great gift item, or a safe kid’s activity for an afternoon of crafting. I know that our group of girls had a great time designing these fashion statements! When you finish making your sweaters, share your project photos with us on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia. Enjoy! ~ Lia and the Team