Shoe Sugar Month: Day 11 Seam Binding Pompoms

January 17, 2011

I think this might be my faaav! And like many others, so easy to make.

 I used a special type of ribbon. It's called seam binding ribbon. It's lighter, matte and has a nicer sheen than grosgrain or satin ribbon. It works great with these types of embellishments. I bought mine for only 10 cents a yard.
 This technique is also great for tee shirt and sweater embellishment. And makes a lovely hair piece. Hot glue several to a headband for a fancy Valentine's look.



1. Cut a piece of yarn about 4" long and lay on top of a fork.

2. Take 3 yards of seam binding ribbon and wrap around fork. Important: do this in a sloppy way. Let the ribbon twist and lay in different directions as you wrap. If you don't it will come out flat.
3. Take your yarn and tie a knot. Not a double one. Hold in place.
 4. While you are holding the knot in place, cut all the ribbon on the fork from bottom to top.
 5. Now tie a very tight double knot with the yarn.
 6. Spray with  no fray spray. This type of ribbon is very prone to fray. I would not recommend trying to get away without using some.
 7. Cut an oval piece of felt.
 8. Glue pompoms to felt. Then glue two clips to bottom of felt.


Done.

33 {comments}:

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

These are my fave so far. Love the tights too!

Rocking Doll Museum said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely!

Libby said... Best Blogger Tips

These are really nice!

magdamagda said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your blooming shoes! great pics!

Sarah Maccarelli said... Best Blogger Tips

What an awesome idea. These are my favorite so far.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

about how much seam binding do you need per pom pom? thanks!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

jennifer,
i totally forgot to add that! It's 3 yards per pompom.

casserole said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these!!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-seam-binding-pom-poms/2011/01/17/

--Anne

Leah Franqui said... Best Blogger Tips

Where do you get no-fray spray? Do you buy it online or is it available in craft stores?

flynn at pegeen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all the textures in the pictures you took for this one; these are something I'd hang on the wall in my craft-space :)

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Leah,
I buy mine at Hancock Fabric. But you can get it online here.

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial - I think I'll try it out for headbands and hairbands for my girls!
So, silly question from the Aussie girl - is seam binding tape the same as hem tape? My hem tape has a gorgeous sheen and is very soft to touch and flowy like the ribbon you have used.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What type of clips do you use? I am curious to know which are the best in terms of confort and not damaging the shoes! Thanks!

Lynsie said... Best Blogger Tips

I went to the local JoAnn's and asked for no fray spray... they were clueless to what it is. Where could I find some? I have a few projects with shirts and flowers, but need the spray to finish them.
I love these btw!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Lynsie,
I buy mine at Hancock Fabric. But you can get it online here.
http://www.allstitch.net/product/sprayway-821-no-fray-spray-105-oz-1241.cfm?aid=SW821&sid=googlebase

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Deb,
It sounds like they are the same.

Anonymous,
I use alligator clips but you can find shoe clips on easy and eBay. Just use search term "shoe clips".

Pink Sewing Bunny said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the stockings, where did you get them?

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

why do mine look NOTHING like yours?! on which side do you cut the tape? on the back? both sides?

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah,
When you wound the ribbon around the fork did you twist the ribbon so it was a little messy? It doesn't work if it lays flat. Also, I cut it on the opposite side as the knot. Just one place.

Pink Sewing Bunny,
I bought them at sockdreams.com
Great place for thigh highs!

Harmonie said... Best Blogger Tips

So Marie Antoinette to me! Love it!

Trillium Fairy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Sock Dreams! I am also really enjoying your easy to follow tutorials. Such cute ideas! I think this one might be my favorite shoe clip so far. Thank you so much! :)

jenn said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for the fresh take on the pom pom! i can't wait to use these for EVERYTHING!

Chelsea Ling said... Best Blogger Tips

i blogged this today http://papercakesfinds.blogspot.com/2011/01/daily-diy_28.html

PEACHES said... Best Blogger Tips

These are AMAZING! So simple too. Hope you don't mind if I link up :)
PS: I heart seam binding. Wish I could find a reliable source to sell in bulk or by the roll.

Trina said... Best Blogger Tips

Just made mine and I LOVE how they came out. Colors used: teal, aqua and taupe. :D Thanks so much!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

love these!!! I think the fork is genius! There seems to be a lot of debate about a base for shoe clips, I've been using actual shoe clip finings from Etsy and Ebay. They are nice and flat and they can also clip to a coat without leaving marks.
Thank you for another month of fun!!!
Laura B

bexmcl said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these, definitely going on my list of things I absolutely have to make :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, so I have tried to do this twice now and mine look nothing like yours. They look flat. What am I doing wrong?

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Anonymous,
When you wrap ribbon around the fork, are you twisting the ribbon and moving it in different directions or are you wrapping them neatly and flatly?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I am wrapping them every which way but when I go to cut them it doesn't look right. I am using the seam binding and I also tried the hem tape. Is there a certain thickness I should be using? Yours look so soft and fluffy.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Anonymous,
2 questions....

Are you using a fork? I know that sounds silly but if it's anything bigger it won't work quite right.

And, when I mean 'twist' I also mean twisting the ribbon so that it is rolled a little and doesn't lay flat as well as moving it in various directions.

Also, my ribbon is called seam binding but I just want to make sure that you aren't using bias tape. I'm sorry if that's a silly question to ask. I just want to cover all the bases. Your ribbon should be so thin you can see through it. Like this.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I think my issue might be with the ribbon. Yes, I am using seam binding but it is not see through. I will go to the craft store and see if they have this. Or can you recommend a store or online shop to buy from? I am using a regular fork and twisting and turning. I will try to ribbon you showed me and go from there. Thanks so much.

Luanne said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute! love the pompoms

 
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