Some of us are pom-pom people, and some of us are also pom-pom people.

Seriously though, who doesn’t love a pom-pom? So cute, so fun and so brilliant at adding the final touch of pizzazz to your hat.

If you’ve been dreaming of pom-poms or haven’t made one for a while, you might be pleased to know that pom-poms suit lots of hats, and they’re simple to make and attach.

Slouchy beanie-style hats are a natural choice for pom-poms. They add a little something special to the top, plus the weight of the pom-pom can help to keep the hat slouchy and looking great.

Don’t feel limited to a simple, single colour woollen pom-pom, there are so many ideas to try!

  • experiment with a colourful pom-pom. Make one with a variegated yarn, or lots of different coloured yarn;
  • play with the size! Go oversized for a pop of pom-pom or make a couple of teeny-weeny pom-pom’s to attach to a couple of cords;
  • make or buy a faux fur pom-pom. They don’t have to be brown – how about hot pink or electric yellow?!
  • if you fancy a change from pom-poms, have a go at making a tassel! One big tassel or a couple of little ones is a great way to add fun to the top of your hat.

If it’s been a while since you made a pom-pom, you may not have realised how pom-pom making has changed!

These days, while you still have the choice of creating a pom-pom by wrapping yarn around and around a cardboard “doughnut”, there are other quick ways to make a pom-pom!

I love my pom-pom makers. They’re inexpensive, easy to use and, I think, use a little less yarn than an old-fashioned-style pom-pom. I have a set of three and they make it easy to create identically-sized pom-poms; small, medium and large.

Recently, it’s been easier to buy ready-made faux-fur pom-poms. They come in a range of colours and are soft and fun. Some attach with a cord (just add a button to the end and thread it through the top of your hat so you can remove it when washing your hat.

I used a pom-pom that attaches with a snap for my new Thinking Cap (see the pink and yellow hat in my photo). Simply sew the snap onto the crown of your hat and pop on and off for washing.

So, what do you fancy for your next hat? Pom-pom or …. pom-pom?!

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