Beginner DIY: Pom Pom Sweater Refashion

an easy pom pom sweater refashion

Outfit Details:

DIY Pom Pom Sweater (gray sweater is here, wearing a medium for an oversized fit), Madewell Jeans (more sizes here), Ankle Boots, Sunglasses, Gigi New York Crossbody Bag c/o

Today I’m sharing a fun and super easy refashion — this pom pom sweater! These fun sweaters are everywhere this season, and they’re so easy to make.

As promised, I’m so excited to be bringing you a beginner sewing or DIY tutorial each month this year! I realized a lot of you were struggling to make the pieces that I create for my DIY Friday posts when I asked for your feedback and so many of you asked for easier projects.

Each month I’ll be sharing a beginner project and a more advanced project, so more of you can do the tutorials but also see some fun inspirational projects.


How to turn a regular sweater into a cute pom pom sweater!
turn an ordinary sweater into a cute pom pom sweater!
a perfect fun sweater for valentine's day!
DIY this sweater in just an hour or two!
a cozy winter outfit with this cute pom pom sweater

Here’s what you’ll need:

A plain sweater (mine is this one from old navy and I’m wearing a size medium)
Yarn in the color of your choice (I used about half a skein)
embroidery thread in a matching color (can match the yarn or the sweater)
embroidery thread needle (one that has a large eye)
kitchen fork


First we need to create the pom poms. These are a little time consuming, but they’re super easy and mindless – just turn on a movie and bust them out.


how to make a yarn pom pom
  1. Take an 8-10 inch piece of yarn and thread it through the middle two prongs of the fork, pushing it all the way to the bottom.
  2. With the end of your skein of yarn, start wrapping your yarn around the fork. Count how many times you wrap around so you can keep your pom poms the same size. I did 35 wraps. You can also use a larger fork to make larger pom poms!
  3. Once you’re done with your wraps, tie the 8-10 inch piece tightly around the wrapped yarn and knot the yarn.
  4.  Now you’ll have a tight little ball of yarn.
  5. Slide your scissors into each side of the ball of yarn and cut all the loops of yarn on each side. Make sure you don’t cut the center string that’s holding it all together!
  6. Fluff your pom pom and trim the sides so it’s a perfect little ball.


Once you’ve made enough pom pom balls, lay your sweater on a flat surface and determine the placement of your pom poms.

Use your embroidery needle and embroidery thread to hand sew each pom pom on. Do this carefully and try to loop your thread around that center piece of string as you attach it so it’s very secure.

note: this is not machine washable. Hand wash and spot clean only. 

photos by priscilla frey



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  1. Natali says:

    Oh my!! This is a great idea, shouldn’t be so hard to try to do this myself.


  2. April says:

    Might just be my favourite DIy yet!

  3. Gretchen Belknap says:

    Yay! I love this!

  4. Kristine says:

    I don’t love them all over the sweater, but i may try this with small pom poms on the cuffs of the sleeves or around the bottom of the sweater.. i love that you’re doing beginner tutorials! thank you!

  5. Paige Flamm says:

    This refashion is so cute! I LOVE the pom poms!


  6. karin says:

    I was thinking of doing this with pearl beads I have in the cupboard. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. cozystylist says:

    I love this, i keep looking for the perfect pompom sweater but now I can just make my own! how exciting!! thanks for sharing this!

  8. Miki says:

    this is adoarable!
    Is there any pom poms on your back?

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