Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook.
Of life in general?
And you saw something that you knew would be perfect for your home.
If only you knew where they got it.
If only you could reach through the screen and grab it and plop it onto your sofa.
You’ve had that happen to you?
Last week I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw this picture….
…of a pillow.
Don’t you love it?
Isn’t it perfect?
I blinked and blinked again and scrolled up to see where this amazing little bit of polka dots and pom poms came from.
It was my friend Patricia’s.
I immediately messaged her and asked her where she got it and could I get it and where in the world did pillows like this live?
She told me she got it at a local boutique.
A local boutique?
I don’t have one of those around here with pillows with pom poms and polka dots.
And besides. Boutique sounds expensive.
So I did the next best thing.
I made my own.
Here’s my version of the pillow that I DIY’d sitting on my couch.
It appears navy in this picture, but it’s actually a little more royal blue in real life.
Want to know if it was easy to DIY?
Does no-sew tell you anything?
Here’s my DIY pom pom pillow I made in under 30 minutes.
Start with a pre-made pillow cover.
I bought this one at IKEA for $6.99.
It is a linen blend with a zipper.
You’ll need fabric glue.
I got this one a while back and it works really well.
You’ll also need to find tassel trim.
Step 3: Find trim
I got mine at Joann’s.
I bought three yards. There are 20 tassels per yard and you’ll need 25 mini tassels for this pillow.
It was a little mcpricy, so I used the app and got 40% off.
Never underestimate the brilliance of a 40% off coupon.
Step 4: Cut tassels
You’ll want to start by cutting the tassels off the trim.
Mine came with two beads and then the tassel attached with a blue thread.
I cut between the second bead and the tassel.
Step 5: Glue tassels
I laid out all my 25 tassels first.
5 rows of five.
I started with the one in the center first and then the ones on the center top and bottom and then the corners and then filled everything else in.
This pattern helped to keep it symmetrical.
Then I put a big blob of glue where my tassel was going to go.
Step 6: Smash the tassel
This is the secret to the entire project. You don’t want to glue your tassel down all nice and neat. Then it won’t look like a pom pom.
Instead, I took my tassel, put the end down in the glue.
I kind of smashed it into the glue so it looked more like a pom pom and less like a tassel.
Step 7: Repeat
Just repeat step 6 over and over and over again.
Until your pillow looks like this.
Here are a couple of things I might change after I finished two pillows.
1. I’d insert a piece of cardboard before I glued any tassels down. My pillow kind of stuck together. I got it unstuck, but cardboard would have made it easier.
2. Be sure and use a down insert with your pillow form. It makes the pom poms look so much more like they flow.
3. I bought three yards of trim, but I probably should have bought just 2 1/2 yards and saved a little bit of money.
4. After you finish the pillow, stand back and assess. Some of the tassels might need a little more glue and a little more smashing.
5. Be sure and let your pillow dry. I know it’s exciting. I get it. But let your pillow dry before you stuff the insert in and put it on the sofa.
Not that I would ever do anything like that.
You know how patient I am.
PS Did you notice I added a new light fixture? More details on that later.
PPS Did you ever make anything you’ve seen online before? I’d love to hear your story, too.