While there are still a few warm days here and there, the fall chill has definitely hit for the season (especially at night). It's that time of year for blankets and couch cuddling, so you had better make sure you are stocked up in the blanket department. I love those throws that have big pom-poms attached to the ends, and I thought it would be an easy add that I could do myself to add a little fun. All you really need is a needle, some yarn, and scraps of cardboard to make your pom-pom dreams come true!
-thick yarn that is machine washable
-blanket with plain ends (i.e. no fringe or tassels unless they can be removed first)
-yarn needle and regular needle
-thread in colors that match your yarn
1. Use an X-Acto knife to cut two circles out of cardboard that are about 5 inches wide with a 2 inch hole in the middle. 2. Place your cardboard donut shapes on top of each other and wind your thick yarn through and around the donuts until all the cardboard is covered. 3. If you want an extra fluffy pom-pom, wind around the donuts a second time until you reach your beginning point again. 4. Once you're finished winding, stick your scissors through the yarn and get the blade between your two cardboard donuts. Cut between the donuts all the way around. 5. Cut a piece of thin yarn to tie around the middle of the pom-pom. Place the yarn between the two cardboard layers and tie a knot around the middle tightly. 6. Once your middle is secure, carefully cut out the cardboard donuts and fluff the pom-pom. Use scissors to trim any pieces that are sticking out further than the rest, and use your yarn needle to string your pom-poms and bells onto some thin yarn.
After you've made as many pom-poms as you want to attach to your blanket, cut three pieces of the same color yarn that are about 20" long. Use your yarn needle to thread them through halfway at the spot on the blanket edge where you want your pom-pom to come out from. Once you do all three, you should end up with 6 strands of equal length.
I love the braided look of the strands that connect the tassels to the pom-poms and I made the poms a bit oversized so they would make more of a statement on our new grey sofa. This is totally something that you could do at the bottom or top of a duvet cover or on the ends of pillows as well. And if the yarn and blanket you choose are both machine washable, then you should be able to throw your blanket in the wash as needed. Now that you know how to make the perfect blanket for the fall season, grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate and let's get this snuggle party started! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.