Pom Pom Cowl Tutorial

I have recently fell in love with pom pom trimming.  I used to hate it, but over the course of time as I've come to appreciate a more vintage style, the poms have made their way into my heart. I also (as you know) love to wear scarves and cowls which naturally lead to this.

Which can be worn a couple ways of course.  Here are my two favorite.

What you need-
2 yards of your choice fabric.  You really can use any kind of fabric you want, mine was a satin blend.
2 yards pom trim
Sewing machine

Trim your fabric to 22 inches by 2 yards.  Fold in half, right sides together and sandwich the pom trim, poms to the inside.
Start sewing 2 inches from the top and stop 2 inches from the bottom.  Turn right side out.  So now your ends look like this.
The other side also needs the 2 inch slit, so cut one.  Fold the tube in half matching the ends, right sides together, side slits together.
Sew along the ends leaving the 2 inch slits open.  I'm not sure how to explain this best.  The two short ends of your tube need to be sewn together just along the very ends.  The slits you left and the slits you cut need to be left open (they allow you to sew the ends together, then hand or top stitched shut.

There are other ways to close your cowl, but this is the only way that allows the cowl to be a complete tube.  Other methods have you sew the ends completely together which results in a stiff seam that doesn't poof like the rest of the scarf.  If my directions aren't clear let me know and I can maybe draw a diagram that better shows how to do this.


  1. Okay, so I'm not sure if I understand who the slits being there work.I can see how you can sew one of the short ends together but not the second. Are they only at one end, and the end you are attaching to doesn't have the slits? I think I need to try this on some scrap fabric or muslin first to understand how to connect they ends so it's a tube.
    As for the pom-poms, love them, already purchased my trim and fabric to makte them after I saw them at a little boutique in our town for $48.

  2. That's so pretty! I love your fabric and pom pom picks. Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

  3. I love the fabric choice. beautiful! I've inherited some of my great grandma's VERY vintage pom poms...this could be the perfect way to use them :)

  4. I made one!

    Loved your tutorial - - so quick & with a wonderful end product. Thank you for sharing!

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