Pom-poms are really cheap but, when added to regular clothes, they can instantly create a Christmas or wintry theme. Instead of buying various Christmas outfits this year why not use the inexpensive pom-poms to make your existing clothes look different? You can make the changes permanent or you can use a technique that allows you to quickly change the clothing back to its previous state.
You’ll find it really easy to sew or otherwise attach pom-poms if you purchase the ones which are made for sewing. Loose pom-poms, like those you find at a craft store, are harder to attach than ones which come on a piece of binding from a fabric store. With the binding you can quickly sew the pom-poms, but you can also use garment tape. When you attach a length of pom-poms to your clothing with garment tape it’s no problem to simply remove the pom-poms when you want to convert your clothes back to their original look.
Use a straight stitch to attach the pom-pom binding to socks, collars, hemlines, short sleeves and other areas. Align the pom-poms so that they slightly dangle but to where you can’t see the binding from the right side of the garment. Pin in place then sew around the original stitches on the garment. Or, create a stitch line that runs right beside the original stitching.
Check to see how the first and last pom-pom on the row will align when you get to the end of the stitching. For example, if you’ll end up with two pom-poms, side-by-side, you’ll create a more finished look if you don’t allow that to happen. One way to prevent this is to sew nearly to the end. Cut the binding, remove a tiny piece of the binding itself, then reposition it and begin stitching again. You can do this more than once to make the last two or three pom-pom a tad closer than they normally would be. This solution prevents big gaps between the pom-poms as well as two pom-poms side-by-side.
It’s much cheaper to purchase loose pom-poms and sew them onto a binding yourself. To do this, tie a knot in a piece of thread, then use a needle to pull the thread through the pom-pom, once. Leave a tail of the thread hanging off of each pom-pom. Purchase the ribbon or other binding you want to use, fold it in half, and trap the threads from the pom-poms between it. Sew along the very edge of the ribbon while sewing across the threads of the pom-poms with a very small, close stitch.
Each time you sew across the thread of one of the pom-poms, give it a tiny tug to make sure it’s attached. If not, back-stitch, then check again. Also, leave a tiny bit of thread showing above each pom-pom or they won’t dangle. Make sure you align all the pom-poms so that they’re evenly spaced apart and hang at the same length.
If you’ll be using garment tape to attach the pom-poms, simply cut lengths of it and apply it to the underside of the area where you want to attach them. Press the binding of the pom-poms onto the garment tape and they’ll stay. Just peel away the tape when you’re ready to change the garment back!