Lesson: How to Attach Pom Poms & Tassels
Learn how to attach pom poms & tassels to anything you please!
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How to String Pom Poms
The trick to properly stringing on pom poms is to find the string that's holding your pom pom together and entering the pom pom through the center of the O-shape that is the string. To do this, start by finding the interior string of your pom pom using your thumbnail or yarn needle to poke around.
When you find the string, push back the fibers of the pom pom to expose the string so that you can see it as straight line within your pom pom.
Thread a plastic yarn needle with whatever you're stringing the pom pom onto. Your yarn needle should enter your pom pom through the center of your pom pom, perpendicular to the line of the interior string. One way to approach this is that the interior string is the perimeter of a bead hole, and that bead is your pom pom.
Before pushing your pom pom down all the way onto the strand of yarn, look at it on your yarn needle to ensure it's centered. Adjust if needed.
Repeat with more pom poms!
Use this method to make garlands, chandeliers, wall hangings, bag charms, and so much more!
How to Sew on Pom Poms
Sewing pom poms on is a super simply way to put those poms to good use! Start by locating the interior string of your pom pom, using your thumbnail or plastic yarn needle to poke around. Thread your yarn needle with a piece of embroidery floss or sturdy yarn, then push the needle underneath the interior string, stringing the pom pom onto the embroidery floss/yarn.
The embroidery floss/yarn should now be attached to your pom and ready to sew into any fiber or woven surface!
You have two finishing options when sewing on your pom pom. Your first option is to sew both ends of the dangling embroidery floss / yarn into whatever surface you're sewing it to and tie both strands together on the interior of the item. If the interior of the item isn't visible, this is a perfectly fine and slightly more simple option.
If the interior of your item is visible, such as with a wide straw tote, you can sew one strand of the dangling embroidery floss/yarn into the item, then sew back to the outside of the item, resulting in a clean stitch on the interior.
You can now tie together the two pieces of embroidery floss on the exterior of your item, hidden behind your pom pom. Be mindful of the pom pom fibers as you tie a knot. You may even want to add a dab of strong craft glue such as E6000 to the knot to make sure it stays secure.
Use this method to sew pom poms onto baskets, beanies, sweaters, scarves, and so much more!
How to String Tassels
If you follow our How to Make Tassels tutorial, your tassel should have a neat loop on top. Thread a plastic yarn needle with whatever strand you're stringing the tassel onto, then push the needle underneath the top loop, stringing the tassel onto the strand.
Repeat with more tassels!
Use this method to string tassels onto garlands, onto thread for sewing, and so much more!
How to Add Tassels to Jewelry
If you follow our How to Make Tassels tutorial, your tassel should have a neat loop on top. Using a jewelry plier, gently hook an open jump ring underneath the top loop so that the tassel now hangs from the jump ring.
Your tassel can now be attached to any piece of jewelry! Do this by attaching the jump ring of the tassel to the jewelry or finding (such as earring hooks - pictured) and closing the jump ring with jewelry pliers. Use this method to create earrings, necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and so much more!
How to Turn a Tassel Into a Decorative / Bag Charm
If you're planning on making a bag charm, ornament, or other similar tassel charm, when making the tassel, opt to use braided Omegacryl or a thicker yarn to be the top string and leave it hanging on top, rather than hiding it on the inside of your pom. (You can always add a fresh piece of yarn to the top loop if your tassel is already finished!)
To stack beads, pom poms, etc. on top of your tassel, thread both strands of the top string onto a plastic yarn needle. Place whichever adornments with which you're topping your tassel onto the plastic needle and push down to thread them onto the top string.
Make sure to pull out the tails of the top strings, then add any additional adornments. When all adornments have been added, tie a knot a few inches above the top adornment.
Use this method to create bag charms, gift toppers, ornaments, doorknob charms, and so much more!
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