Making a pom pom rug with your kids can be fun, but bear in mind, it is a long term project and the kids may get sick of it well before you are finished!
These rugs are fairly easy to make, although it does take quite a bit of time as depending on the size of your rug, you are going to need to make an awful lot of pom poms.
I don't know about your kids, but my grand-daughters tend to get all enthused for a while and then get a bit sick of doing the same thing over and over again. So our rug is a long term project. They each make a handful of pom poms each time the visit and we will wait to put the rug together until we have a stockpile.
The rug we are making together will eventually go on the floor in the girls bedroom at Grandmas house, so not only are they having fun learning new skills, they are contributing to a practical project that will make their space in my house more personal to them.
What You Need When Making a Pom Pom Rug:
- (lots of) balls of wool in your choice of colours
- pom pom loom (of your choice)
- latch rug canvas
- pair of safety scissors
- crochet hook or upholstery needle
Decide how big you want your rug to be and cut your latch rug canvas to size. Leave a couple of extra centimetres on each side so that you can finish them off neatly when you are finished.
Make lots and lots of pom poms. You can make them all the same size or you can vary the sizes a bit depending on the look you are going for. Make sure that you leave long tails when you tie your pom poms off.
Tie each pom pom onto your latch rug canvas one at a time, making sure that you don't leave any obvious gaps between them. If you want to really make sure they are secure, you can put a little dab of glue on the knots. Just make sure the glue has dried thoroughly before adding more pom poms.
When you have tied all of your pom poms to the canvas and you are happy with the coverage/size, turn you mat over and using an upholstery needle or a crochet hook, fold over the edges of your rug and fasten them down flat.
You can create a pattern for your pom pom rug using colours (i.e., you can do stripes, dots, or shapes with pom poms in contrasting colours) or by using pom poms of different sizes. You can also use yarn or wool with different textures like boucle to add interest or make your pom poms with different weights of yarn.
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