I’ve been super eager to post this DIY tutorial because this beanie has been my winter staple ever since I made it! This cute furry ear beanies have been such a huge trend for the season, but tons of them go from $15-$20. If you have a spare beanie that you want to repurpose or just want to make a customized one for yourself, then this DIY project is the way to go.
- A beanie – I used a spare black one I had lying around. If you want to get a new one to customize, there are tons of plain beanies on Amazon from anywhere between $5-$10!
- Matching thread, scissors and a needle. I got my little emergency sewing kit at the Dollar Tree for $1! It may not have the best quality needles but you get a whole case of them along with multiple spools of thread in a carrying case. Win!
- 2 fur pom-poms. I bought this exact one on Etsy in brown and it’s now sold out, but there are many other pom-poms on Etsy! The ones I have are 10cm, but you can always go bigger – I actually think bigger ones are cuter!
Using the needle and thread, sew the string onto the pom-pom. I have no formal education on sewing so I’m afraid I can’t teach you the legitimate steps, but here is what I do to get started:
- Loop the thread into the needle loopy thing.
- Fold the thread in half so that the needle is at the halfway point of the thread. This doubles-up the thread and assures that it doesn’t break.
- Tie a knot at the end of the thread about 2 inches from the end. Then tie another knot over it so that the knot is bigger.
- Using the needle, sew into the innermost part of the pom-pom that you will be attaching to the beanie.
- After you’ve threaded all the way through and are stopped by the knot, then double-tie a knot to hold the thread in place.
- I thread back in and out of the same spot a few times because I’m paranoid and don’t want my pom-poms to fall off. I’m sure an atelier would frown upon this and come up with a more refined and less cave-man method of doing this.
- When you’re finished, tie a knot again to secure the thread. Don’t cut the thread yet!
All of you seasoned sewing enthusiasts are probably going to throw rotten tomatoes at me. What I did next was put the beanie on my head and used some pins to mark where I wanted the pom-poms to be located. After some trial-and-error, I got both pom-poms at equal level.
You could easily do this with some chalk and a ruler, but ain’t nobody got time to measure stuff. I don’t even own a ruler. #ilivelifeontheedge #norules
After marking the spots, then proceed to:
- Using the thread that’s attached to the pom-pom, sew directly into the spot on the beanie that you marked.
- Sew in and out of this point a few times to securely fasten the pom-pom onto the beanie.
- When done, then tie a knot in the thread and then cut.
Repeat everything above for the next side.
- If you find that your pom-poms are sitting unevenly, you could try using 4 points to sew the pom-pom in like the shape of a square. Instead of sewing it on using one anchor point, four anchor points would make the pom-poms roll around much less and sit firmly in one spot.
- I strongly recommend trying the beanie on in-between steps to assure that it isn’t slowly turning into a trainwreck.
- If you have the option for thicker needles and thread, I definitely recommend on investing on quality sewing notions, especially if you intend to DIY in the future. The kit I used from the Dollar Tree worked, but the thread was very thin and the needles felt like they were about to break almost every time. This $1 kit is a steal, but I keep it in my car for emergency sewing instead of daily use. Evergreen Art Supply has a good quality sewing kit for about $14 on Amazon complete with all of the basic necessities.
- If DIY isn’t your thing, you can always buy a pom-pom ear beanie. I’m quite frugal and didn’t want to waste an unused beanie lying around, but these beanies range anywhere from $15-$20 on Amazon.
Are you going to try making a furry pom-pom beanie? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter below for more DIY projects!