Check out my DIY Pompom Tassel project! The inspiration is from the beautiful pompom tassels from Mexico, they are so vibrant and beautoful. I thought I’d make a simplified version to get things rolling. Now I’m ready to make a pillow with the same concept!
Inspired by the traditional felt pompom tassels found in Mexico, this project combines colorful embroidery and bright designs to create a 5″ pompom tassel that resembles a sun face. El sol!
I live in Phoenix, 3rd gen, and I have a love/hate relationship with el sol. We’re expecting it to hit 118 degrees this weekend, and gulp… we just gotta deal. The sun has his job to do, and he is doing it well. Who am I to dull his shine? *Adjusts office fan*
Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just starting out, this El Sol project is sure to bring a burst of color and joy to any space. And maybe a little heat, too.
Gather your materials.
Before you begin your DIY Pompom Tassel, make sure you have all the necessary materials.
You will need:
6″ embroidery hoop
Colorful embroidery thread
Felt fabric in various colors,
Prep for embroidery.
Place the yellow felt between the embroidery hoop and tighten until taut. Use the marker to draw the sun face on the front of the felt. Use a light colored marker that will hide nicely behind the embroidery thread.
Embroider the details.
Use a needle and thread in contrasting colors to stitch on the eyes and mouth, right over where you drew the face design. You can get creative with different embroidery stitches to add texture and depth to your sun face. Consider using a satin stitch for the eyes and a backstitch for the mouth. Take your time and make sure the stitches are secure and evenly spaced. Turn over and tie off any loose ends of threads.
Cut it out it!
Remove the felt from the hoop. Take another piece of felt and cut two circles, leave about 1/2″ around the embroidered area.
Time to stitch then stuff.
Pin the two circles together and embroider the blanket stitch halfway around the two circles, then add the stuffing. Complete the blanket stitch all the way around. This blanket stitch tutorial helped me learn.
Make the tassel:
Use a skein of embroidery thread, fold it in half and tie it around the top with another piece of embroidery thread. Glue n place. Cut the end off of the bottom of the tassel, and stitch the top inside the the pompom. Cut the excess threads.