Make Your Own Fabric Pompoms

Frenchy Robe with pompoms from Charm Patterns

Aren’t these pompoms adorable? We’ve used the nylon chiffon fabric from our Frenchy Peignoir Set to create floofy decorations that are perfect for vintage sleepwear! I was inspired by iconic designer Lucie Ann to create these fabulous embellishments. They look fantastic tied to the end of your ribbons or chiffon tubing on the Frenchy Robe. (We may just have a Halloween idea or two for them, so stay tuned for more inspiration.) 

Vintage Lucie Ann Peignoir

Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial on how to create your very own set of fun pompoms.

Supplies & Materials

  • 2 inch wide nylon chiffon strips, approximately 6 yards long. (If you use 104-in wide fabric, this is only two strips). Use one color for both strips, or mix it up and use two different colors for a whimsical effect. 
  • 2 inch wide nylon chiffon strip for the center tie, approximately 12 inches long.
  • Cardboard and scissors

Please follow along with this video to create your very own pompoms!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut two cardboard pieces into C-shapes. The larger the C, the larger the pompom. We cut ours about 5 inches across, with an inside diameter of about 2 inches. Err on the side of going too big; you can always trim it down using scissors.
  2. Use a binder clip to hold the C-shapes together, sandwiching the shorter nylon strip inside the curve of the C with the tails hanging out at each end. This will be used as the center tie for your pompom.
  3. Wrap the long nylon strips around the C securely, but do not stretch them. Evenly wrap the C with multiple passes. 
  4. Once all of the long nylon strips are wrapped, tie the ends of the center tie loosely but do not tie a knot. 
  5. Holding it against a hard surface, use sharp scissors to cut the wrapped nylon, cutting in between the two cardboard layers. Keep constant pressure on the strands.
  6. Once all strands have been cut, tie the center tie very tightly and create a knot to secure. Leave the ends long so you can find the center and attach it to your project.
  7. Use very sharp scissors to trim the nylon pompom strands into a ball, being careful not to cut your ties.

Sew the pompoms to your robe ties or on to another garment or craft project. The sky’s the limit when it comes to these pompoms!