Pombré Purse FREE tutorial!
We love Christine Leech’s perfectly pomtastic Pombré Purse! Grab your yarn and get crafting with this step-by-step FREE tutorial!
What do you get if you mix pom poms with the ever-popular colour theme of ombré? The Pombré! This month I’ve covered a boring old clutch bag and given it a fun fluffy new lease on life. You do have to make quite a lot of pom poms for this project but they’re small, so they’re super quick to make. You can make them while watching TV in the evening or when you’re out relaxing in the garden – it’s a great stash-busting project.
The number of pom poms needed will be determined by the size of the bag you want to cover. The bag I’ve done here is roughly 12″ x 8″ (30 x 20cm) in size and I made 48 poms using a 5cm maker. If you don’t want to make so many pom poms then use a larger 7cm maker, but that will make your clutch quite bulky.
You will need:
- A variety of shades of yarn – I’ve used Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Seafoam Blue, Washed Teal, Dusty Lilac, Rich Mauve and Stylecraft Special DK in Aspen and Bluebell
- A 5cm pom pom maker
- A glue gun
- A flat envelope-style clutch bag (faux leather works best)
How to make a pom pom:
- Take the maker and place the two halves together. Beginning on one side, wrap the yarn around the maker back and forth until that half is filled.
- Repeat on the other half.
- Close the maker and then cut through the wool around the edge till you can see the maker inside.
- Take a length of wool and place it between the two halves of the maker, tie a knot and pull tight around the wool at the centre, wrap the wool back around the pom pom and tie a double knot.
- Unclip the maker and remove the pom.
- Don’t worry about trimming the pom pom too neatly as you will do that later.
I made roughly 4-6 pom poms in each colour of my ombré. Where each colour changed into the next on my ombré scale I made a transition pom pom. To do this I mixed the two different colours of yarn in one pom. Simply wind both colours of yarn around the maker at the same time. This gives a speckled effect.
To construct the bag:
- Lay all your pom poms out in the order you want to attach them to the bag, Trim the bottom of each one flat so it there is a flat area for the glue to fix firmly.
- Using a glue gun and starting at the bottom left corner, glue a pom in place.
- Glue the next one pretty close so there’s no space between the two. Repeat until you have filled the whole bottom row.
- Work back and forth across the bag gradually changing the colour of the poms as you go.
Don’t worry about the rows being too neat, a little nibble here and there is nice.
When the bag front is completely covered, begin trimming. How much you trim is up to you. You could simply trim any extra long strands of wool, or trim quite firmly to get a flat top look.
If you have large dressmaking scissors, use these for the initial trim and then use smaller ones to tidy up individual strands later.
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