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I received an order recently for a child’s beret complete with pompom, which seems great, right? Well yes, until you realise that you’ve never made anything in child sizes and the last time you made a pompom you were about 10 years old! Cue a little panic and a bit of improvising…

I have a trusty pattern that I’ve been using to make adult berets for a few years, and was able to adjust it subtly and create a beret fit for a 5 year old fairly easily (on my second attempt!), which left only the pompom to do.

They are quite easy really, though more tedious than I remember as a child! Here’s a quick how-to:

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Card
  • Wool

First, cut 2 cardboard rings, a little bigger than you want your pompom to be, and don’t forget the hole in the middle has to be big enough to pass you wool through!

shot_1355643858596With the two layers of card together, wrap your wool around the rings, pulling the ball through the centre (this part can be quite tedious!).

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Once you have enough layers for how thick you want your pompom to be, cut all around the edge between the two layers of card.

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Next, take a long length of wool and pull it between the two layers of card, tying in a knot the hold the pompom together.

shot_1355646696193And now pull the pompom through the hole in the card.

shot_1355646720997Trim any uneven parts and use the long length of wool to attach the pompom to whatever you want! Here’s the beret I made:

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Quite easy really, why don’t you have a go? You could make them as baubles for the Christmas Tree!

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