June 17, 2016
What are your thoughts on the pom-pom trend this Spring/Summer? I think that the trend is great…but it is just that, a trend! It’s definitely not a trend worth investing a great deal of money. I am showing how I made my designer inspired, re-fashioned pom-pom shoes.
When I first saw these Aquazzura pom-pom sandals, I had to have them. Unfortunately, the price tag was not in my reach nor a sensible investment. At the peak of the season these shoes were $800+ MSRP! My mission was to find a great shoe and make my version.
I went out on a fierce mission to find a simple ankle wrap strap with a simple toe strap sandal. My target budget was $20.00-30.00 for the shoe. My hunt did not get very far at that range. I searched so many stores (online and in store) and finally found this pair at DSW HERE. I ended up spending a little more than my budget was originally planned. I wanted the shoe to feel like a good shoe that I would want to wear embellished or not.
I started the project using pom-poms that I had in my stash. Even though the first attempt was cute, it just felt “homemade”. I thought that it looked a cheap knock off of the real deal. I had nightmares about the shoes.
The Aquazzura pom-pom has a very soft, cleaner texture that I wanted to achieve. I tried looking for pom-poms everywhere from Joann’s to home fabric stores. No luck. Then I finally decided that I had to make my own. I took my two boys and ran into Hobby Lobby five minutes before the store was closing to look for yarn. I had to find yarn with a nice sheen, thick enough to hold up as a pompom, and in vibrant colors. It was quite possibly the fastest set of decisions that I had to make before the Hobby Lobby associates turned off the lights on us!
Here is my supply list to make the pom-poms:
- Yarn in your desired texture/sheen. The yarn should be sturdy enough to last as a pom-pom with limited fraying.
- You can buy pom-pom makers in craft stores. Why would you do that when you can use supplies already in your house? I used two pairs of cardboard from the ends of ribbon spools. You could also make your own with sturdy, thin cardboard.
- Needle with large head (large enough for yarn to fit through).
- Hot glue gun or E6000
- And of course your shoes (very clean, simple construction)
Here are the steps:
(I am showing some steps using the pom-poms from my stash…didn’t take any pictures gluing round 2.)
- Cut your cardboard spools to the desired width (if necessary). Cut a slit from the outer edge to the center on both pieces of the cardboard.
- Thread your needle as you would any sewing needle (sans knotting the ends).
- Hold the pieces of cardboard together making sure that the slits are matched.
- While holding the cardboard together, start looping the yarns from the center to the outer edges and then back through.
- Continue to run the yarns from the inside hole to the outer edge until the cardboard is completely covered with yarn.
- Take your scissors and start cutting the yarn between the two pieces of cardboard.
- Be careful to hold the center so that the cut yarns don’t fall out.
- Take a long loose piece of the yarn and tie a VERY tight knot around all the thickness in the center of the cardboard. (This holds you yarns together.)
- Double check that your center knot is tight.
- Pull the pom-pom out of the cardboard through the slits.
- Cut the lengths of the yarns around the pom-pom. Be careful not to cut the center knot. You may need to practice this a few times to get it right.
- Shape the pompom to the desired size. (My picture has not been shaped. See the shoe for the result.)
- Finally, glue your pom-pom to your shoes. I glued mine using a hot glue. I cut the metal ends from the ankle straps and glued the pom-poms to the ends. (I made sure to cover up any spots that left after ripping the first set of pom-poms off.)
Although, making your own pom-poms is time-consuming, it is well worth it. I think that the custom pom-poms takes this project from Summer camp to couture!
Are you gonna try it before the season is over? Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to get your opinion.