DIY Pom Pom Blanket

Here’s a tutorial that is months in the making! pom-blanket-tutorial

I made this blanket at the beginning of September, took photos of the process to share with you, posted the finished cutie on instagram and promised I’d show you how I did it. Then I uploaded the photos from my camera and they were terrible. Blurry and dark and not what I wanted to share. So I waited and waiting until I had a chance to make a new blanket and take new (and better!) photos of the steps and so here you go. The long-ago-promised Pom Pom Blanket tutorial.

The best part about this one is that you don’t have to have any crafty skills to do it. Just find a blanket you love, some coordinating yarn, a pom pom maker and you’re set.



blanket – look for a throw that has plainly hemmed edges. My gray throw is this one from IKEA, the teal geometric is from Target. This plaid one would be cute, too.

yarn – I took the blanket in with me to the craft store and found the yarn that matched best. The teal was harder to match than the gray, but I ended up finding this nice Martha Stewart yarn and it was on sale (yay!). You’ll need lots of pom poms which means lots of yarn. I used almost two whole rolls (spools? skeins? I’m not sure what you call them) for one blanket.

pom pom maker – there are many methods for making pom poms, but this little tool makes it super easy and keeps them uniform in size and shape.

scissors, needle, thread

STEP ONE / make pom poms (about 30-40 for one blanket)


Start by wrapping yarn round and round on one end of the pom maker. When full, move over to the second side and wrap. Close and trim the end of the yarn.


Now cut down the center of the pom pom maker (make sure you keep both ends closed)


Cut a small piece of yarn and wrap tightly (as tight as you can) around the center to hold pom pom together. Pull both sides of the pom maker apart and fluff the pom pom.


Trim any uneven ends.

Keep going until you have a pretty stack of yarn pom poms (about 30-40 per blanket).


STEP TWO / attach pom poms to edge of blanket pom-blanket-sew-on-poms

Start by spacing the pom poms out evenly and deciding how close you want them to be. Then, using a needle and coordinating thread, stitch through the center of the pom and sew onto hem of the blanket. Be generous with your stitches to make sure the pom pom is secure. Continue for the rest of the blanket and then on the second end.

For about $25 and a few hours of pom pom making, you end up with this cozy, funky, super cute throw blanket.


Which might make the perfect little surprise for someone on your list this Christmas.


This tutorial is included in my brand new Handmade Holiday Gift Guide (have you grabbed your copy yet?!) along with nine other simple projects you can make and give.


You’ll get the full projects with printable tags/patterns/templates, helpful tips and inspiration.

14 Responses to DIY Pom Pom Blanket

  1. Monique January 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    I love the idea! All my pom poms keep coming apart – any ideas?

    • emily January 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      I think you just have to tie that middle string really, really tight. Mine come apart a little, too.

  2. Kirsten January 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    What kind of yarn did you use for the grey one? Was it pretty thick??

    • emily January 29, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

      It is mildly thick. Not a super chunky size (although I really like how poms turn out with the chunky yarn).

  3. Paula knight December 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Did you use the large or small pompoms? There are two sizes that came with the pompom maker.
    Thanks, Paula

    • emily December 4, 2014 at 9:54 am #

      I used the larger of the two in the pack. It is the yellow one.

  4. Gayla November 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Cute! This would be fun to do with my 8 yr old. She likes craft type projects.

  5. Alyssa November 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    This is adorable! I would love to do this over Christmas! So easy and practicable!

  6. Kari November 25, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    LOVE IT! Just selected the pick up option at Target to score the orange geometric blanket. (brilliant option) Can’t wait to “pom” it!

  7. Heather November 25, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Thank you for sharing! I love your style and talent. I really was eyeing the pottery barn version (but would never have paid that much), until I saw yours. A good reminder that diy is almost always an option.

  8. ale November 25, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    that’s a cool idea!!!

  9. Sue November 24, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    How would one wash the throw? Would you have to dry clean it? It’s very cute though

  10. Jayne November 24, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    very sweet idea….thank you for sharing your ideas

  11. Christin November 24, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    So cute!!!

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