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How To Make A Faux Fur Pom Pom Keychain (DIY Tutorial!)

It’s that time of year where we often need a quick DIY project to either keep little people happy during the school holidays *or* provide a fab small gift for unexpected visitors.

That is where my faux fur pom pom keychain (DIY style) comes in!

Now, if you’ve been here before, you know me – I’m not one for going out and buying faux fur unnecessarily because of the environmental impact of manufacturing faux fur fabric.

But I see no reason why we shouldn’t reuse it if it’s on a pile of things to be thrown – let’s repurpose what we have for some extra life!

This is a super easy project to make yourself – or to get little fingers busy with!

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Two white DIY faux fur pom pom keychains on white table

What Is The Easiest Way To Make A Pom Pom?

I have found that making a pom pom is really easy if you use the gathered circle method, which is what I’ll be teaching you in this DIY tutorial.

Others use the circle with darts method, and though this can result in a more solid and structured pom pom, I find that the faff or sewing all the different darts closed is not very easy at all, especially when using a faux fur with all the pile!

What You’ll Need For Your DIY Faux Fur Pom Pom

These are such an easy make that you wont be needing much in the way of supplies for this simple project:

Two white DIY faux fur pom pom keychains on white table

Making Your Pom Pom Keychain

Start by gathering all the supplies listed above.

Step 1: Drawing The Pom Pom Circle

Your first step is to lay the faux fur on your table, with the fluffy side down. Take your marker pen and whatever you’ve decided to use for your circle, and mark all the way around it.

Step 2: Cutting Out The Pom Pom Circle

This can be tricky, so if you’re doing this project with small hands, you may need to help.

Angle the scissors (fabric ones of course!) so that the point of the blade is just under the wrong side of the faux fur – the aim is to cut in gentle snips along the drawn circle but not through the actual ‘fluffy’ part of the fur. Bluntly cut fur is not our plan!

Blue faux fur cut into a circle for a DIY pom pom keychain and placed fluffy side down on a white table top.

Step 3: Make And Attach The Keychain Strap

For my example faux fur pom poms I have used leather scraps – I have a small old suitcase filled with scraps to be used – which didn’t require any ‘finishing’.

If you do not have any lying around yourself, you can also make a simple strap by finding a small piece of fabric and cutting a rectangle:

  • 2.5cm / 1″ wide
  • 20cm / 8″ long

The fabric should be overlocked / zig zag stitched on one long edge, folded into three lengthways with the raw edge inside, and the finished edge on top, and then sewn either down the middle or on either side – the process is similar to making belt loops!

Note: the width and length is dependent on the size of your keychain clasp.

For the larger white and blue pom poms, I used the above measurements, but for the smaller white one with the pink leather strap, I used:

  • 0.5cm wide
  • 15cm long

Thread the strap through the ring of your keychain clasp so the clasp is in the centre and then attach to circle as shown in the photo below.

Note: if using leather, you will possibly want to glue the two sides together as I have to prevent them being open and catching.

Blue faux fur cut into a circle for a DIY pom pom keychain and placed fluffy side down on a white table top with silver leather strap and keychain clasp attached.

Trim the threads and grab your hand sewing needle and thread – we’re moving onto making the fluffy pom pom!

Blue faux fur cut into a circle for a DIY pom pom keychain and placed fluffy side down on a white table top with silver leather strap and keychain clasp attached. Needle with white thread is nearby.

Step 4: Hand Stitching The Fluffy Pom Pom

Now, this is an easy step to complete! Start by securing your first stitch close to where the keychain is attached.

Blue faux fur cut into a circle for a DIY pom pom keychain and placed fluffy side down on a white table top with silver leather strap and keychain clasp attached. Needle with white thread is attached ready to sew.

Then stitch with long stitches around the perimeter of the faux fur circle.

Blue faux fur cut into a circle for a DIY pom pom keychain and placed fluffy side down on a white table top with silver leather strap and keychain clasp attached. Needle with white thread is attached ready to sew.

When done, leave the thread hanging but remove the needle – we now need to gather the faux fur into a pom pom ball!

Hand stitching the perimeter of the blue faux fur cut into a circle for a DIY pom pom keychain and placed fluffy side down on a white table top.

Step 5: Gathering And Stuffing The DIY Pom Pom Keychain

We’re now ready to start gathering the faux fur and stuffing it with the pom pom filling. I have chosen to use fabric remnants for my filling as I have quite a bit in my basket.

Blue faux fur circle on white table next to fabric remnants.

Start by gently pulling on the long thread tail, so that the faux fur circle starts to gently gather up.

Slightly gathered blue faux fur circle on white table next to fabric remnants.

Repeat this again, making sure the gathering is even.

Very gathered blue faux fur circle on white table next to fabric remnants.

Once the faux fur circle has created a bowl like shape, it’s time to add some stuffing!

Gathered blue faux fur circle on white table now partly stuffed with yellow scraps of fabric.

Continue gathering the faux fur by easing the fabric along the thread until you have it as ‘closed’ as it can get. You may need to add some more fabric scraps or wadding at this point if it feels a little flat.

The blue faux fur circle on white table is being completely gathered with hand stitching thread.

Step 6: Closing The Pom Pom Keychain

The final step is to ‘close’ the pom pom opening! This is where it can get tricky as the hand sewing can be finicky with faux fur fabric – if making this with little hands, be sure to help!

The blue faux fur circle on white table has been sealed with hand stitching.

You’ll need to pinch the faux fur fabric together and use an overcast stitch to close the circle.

The blue faux fur circle on white table has been sealed with hand stitching.

Your DIY pom pom keychain will have a raw edge of sorts but this is ok. Just keep stitching the overcast stitch to enclose as much as possible.

The blue faux fur circle on white table has been sealed with hand stitching.

Once you’ve completed, you need to trim the thread and then fluff up the faux fur of your DIY pom pom!

The blue faux fur pom pom keychain is complete on the white table.

Your DIY Pom Pom Keychain!

There you have it! A fun, easy DIY faux fur pom pom keychain!

Blue faux fur DIY pom pom keychain with silver leather strap.

As I said at the start, these are super easy pom pom keychains to make at home – and they make great little gifts for unexpected visitors during the holidays too!

Let me know how you get on with this project in the comments below and if you need some more sewing projects, do check out this page of sewing projects!

Two white DIY pom pom keychains and one blue faux fur pom pom keychain on white table top.

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