Fruits of Your Labor: How to Make Strawberry Pompoms

Learn how to make these delighful strawberry pompoms from yarn and felt in a few easy steps.

My daughter loves to collect hanging things for her backpack. Over the course of the year, her backpack becomes a magnet for key chains, stuffed animals and name tags. I have very fond memories of making the pom poms for afghans my mother crocheted. A true product of the '70s, I loved tying on my creations to the corners of those homemade blankets. There was something about pom poms that just made me happy. This summer, I revived my pompom making skills. We decided to create my daughter’s favorite fruit, strawberries, and make some memories of our own.

Strawberry Pom Pom

Strawberry Pom Pom

A perfect pom pom strawberry ready to be hung on a backpack, zipper pull or cell phone case.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

For this craft you will need:

  • cardboard
  • assorted yarn
  • scissors
  • felt
Strawberry Pom Pom Template

Strawberry Pom Pom Template

The pom pom templates

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Melissa Caughey

For this craft, I created a cardboard template. This template was made by tracing a 4 inch circle with a smaller 1 and 1/2 inch circle in the center. I put a notch in the side. You’ll learn why in a minute. You'll need to make two.

Making the Strawberry Pom Pom

Making the Strawberry Pom Pom

Red yarn is wrapped around the two templates.

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Melissa Caughey

Place the two templates on top of one another and begin wrapping the red yard around them like so. Work back and forth from one end of the circle to the other avoiding getting too close to where you put the notch.

Strawberry Pom Pom Gets Seeds

Strawberry Pom Pom Gets Seeds

Green yarn forms the seeds.

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Melissa Caughey

Next, add a bit of green yarn for the seeds. Wrap it like so. Add a bit more red yard and then a few more seeds.

Final Yarn Layer of the Strawberry Pom Pom

Final Yarn Layer of the Strawberry Pom Pom

Another layer of red yarn is added.

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Melissa Caughey

Now, add a final layer of all red yarn to look like this.

Strawberry Pom Pom Yarn is Cut

Strawberry Pom Pom Yarn is Cut

Cut along between the center of the templates.

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Melissa Caughey

With the scissors, starting at one side of the notch working your way around the template, spread open the template. There is a gap between the two. Cut the yarn down the middle of the template until you arrive at the other side of the notch. Be careful not to allow the yarn to come out of the notch.

Strawberry Pom Pom Ready for Tying

Strawberry Pom Pom Ready for Tying

Ready to tie off the pom pom.

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Melissa Caughey

Next cut a piece of red yarn about 12 inches long. From the notch, place the center of the cut yarn between the two templates and tie a knot. 

Strawberry Pom Pom is Tied Off

Strawberry Pom Pom is Tied Off

Thread a piece of yarn between the templates and tie of the pom pom tightly.

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Melissa Caughey

It is now safe to remove your pompom from the template.

Strawberry Pom Pom is Created

Strawberry Pom Pom is Created

Remove the pom pom from the template.

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Melissa Caughey

Hold onto the yarn that you used to tie off the pom pom. This will be the top of the strawberry. With the scissors, shape the pom pom into a strawberry like so. Don’t be afraid to give it a good haircut. Be careful not to clip the yarn that you used to tie off the pompom in the center.

Strawberry Pom Pom is Trimmed

Strawberry Pom Pom is Trimmed

Looks like a strawberry.

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Melissa Caughey

Next, cut out a strawberry top from the felt. Cut a small hole in the center and thread it through onto the top of the strawberry. Tie a knot onto the thread to secure the felt in place.

Strawberry Pom Pom Gets Leaves

Strawberry Pom Pom Gets Leaves

Add a felt top to the strawberry and it is now ready for use.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Now tie your strawberry pompom onto your backpack, cellphone case or even use them as zipper pulls. 

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