t-shirt pom poms TUTORIAL

Turn old t-shirts into pretty pom poms!

Learn how to turn old t-shirts into pom poms! T-shirt Pom Poms are so much more durable than tissue paper ones. And I think they look loads better!

T-shirt Pom Poms

t-shirt pom poms

got an old tee or two {or 20!} that you don’t wear anymore? turn them into *pretty little pom poms!* they’re fun and easy to make and turn out oh-so-fluffy!


  • t-shirts, 1 per pom pom
  • scissors
  • cardboard
use round objects to trace circles onto cardboard to make 2 templates like those shown above. i used a roll of tape and my camera lens cap…. the diameter of the outer circle is 6.5″ and the diameter of the inner circle is 2.5″.  you can play around with different template sizes to get different sized pom poms.
cut your t-shirt into 1/2″ strips. i only used from the arm pits down on each shirt. .
take one strip and one template and place strips as shown close to the inner circle.
sandwich the strip by putting the other template on top.
take a fabric strip and place on cardboard with the end even with the outer edge.
wind around the template as shown. pull the strip tightly so that it stretches the material. when you get to the end of the strip….
take another strip and place the edge even with the outer circle like you did at the beginning. when you wind it around the first time, be sure to overlap the end of the previous strip so that it is held in place.
continue winding the strips around the template until you reach the other side.
do 2 more layers of strips {so that you have 3 total layers}
now take the sandwiched strip and pull tight and wrap around each other once. this will help hold things in place for the next step.
Warning: this next step is messy. trust me.
with one hand holding the strips in place, use scissors to cut the fabric strips along the template. i recommend sharp scissors, and preferably pointy ones. unlike mine.
after all the strips are cut, pull the string tight and tie into a knot. remove templates.
should look something like this.
now give your crazy ball a good hair cut! i cut two 4.5″ diameter circles out, then sandwiched the ball and cut around to make a nice round pom pom. remove circles, fluff and trim as needed.
{doesn’t it look like a yummy aqua ice cream sandwich….if only it were warmer outside…haha}

*added later: for more Tips and Tricks on making T-shirt Pom Poms, see this post.*

pom poms are so whimsical and fun! i made this fab v-day door decor with mine. i used a pair of left over t-shirt sleeves to create the simple bow. perfect!

i would love to see the t-shirt pom poms you make, so please drop me an email when you’re done! {pretty pretty pretty please!! with a red cherry on top ;o)

*added later: for tips and tricks on making T-shirt Pom Poms, see this post.

More ideas for using tee shirt pom poms:



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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 51
    Mary Ellen

    I am loving this idea! We have a clothing pantry and have lots of t shirts that are stained or torn so go to the trash- what a way to use these babies and make something darling!!

    bee blessed

  2. 52

    SO cute! I love it.

  3. 53

    so many ways you can use these, your colors are great! thanks for posting.

  4. 54

    I'm bookmarking these! I tried the Martha Stewart Pom Poms for a baby shower. They turned out ok, but not great. These look so much easier!! Thanks for the tut!!

  5. 55
    Lil Mama Stuart

    oh my! seems so easy, thrifty, and way cuter than tissue poms! so doing this, thank you!

  6. 56
    Courtney Dirks

    Love love love! Bookmarking for when I'm feeling ambitious and crafty!

  7. 57
    Valentine Baby 65

    From one Valentine Baby to another, thanks for a great craft idea.
    I knew there was a reason I kept those T shirts.
    Pink, purple and red should make great Valentine, errr Birthday decorations!
    thanks for sharing!

  8. 58

    This is so cute!

  9. 59
    Our Seven Dwarfs

    We absolutely love this! I can't wait to make one myself!

  10. 60

    I love it !!

  11. 61

    WOW! These are so cool! I can't wait to make some of these myself with the geek shirts my husband never wears.

  12. 62

    I love these! Can't wait to try them. And I agree with the step that looks like an ice cream sandwich. Wouldn't it be cute to make some play food using that idea, with a white pom pom stuck between two felt cookies?

  13. 63

    Fabulous new take on the pom pom! Thanks.

  14. 64
    Emerald Hills

    these look great!

  15. 65

    So pretty! I think we'll be trying these today since it's a snow day. May I post about your tutorial and link to your site on my blog?


  16. 66

    Adorable!!! What a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  17. 67
    {JeLisa} @ Blogging Ever After

    You are my hero for this tutorial.

    I am in the midst of hand-making decor for my little guy on the way, and love pom poms but found the tissue paper ones too girly. There are a ton of ways for me to "boy" these up so that my husband approves of them, lol.

    Thanks oh so much!

  18. 68

    I love this!!! Now I'm on the hunt for cardboard and old t-shirts…maybe even old soft sweaters for a softer pom-pom :D

    Thanks for the tutorial!!

  19. 69

    I tweeted this and shared on FB, because I LOVED this idea! Thank you for sharing such a unique and great idea. :)

  20. 70
    Sarah @HarriganHowdy

    Wow! Just when you don't think theirs anyway to make those beautiful pompoms any cuter… you go and get all creative, and upcycle an even better version than the tissue paper!!! I ♥ ♥ ♥ this so much. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try to make some for a baby shower I was going to do tissue ones for next weekend. :)


  21. 71
    Sarah @HarriganHowdy

    Wow! Just when you think the pompoms couldn't get any cuter… you go and upcycle and make them even better. Amazing! I ♥ ♥ ♥ them!!! Totally gonna try this instead of tissue ones for a baby shower I'm throwing next weekend. Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity.


  22. 72

    I love these. I might make some leather ones and attach them to the front of my ballet slippers. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. 73
    Breaking Free From Old Ways

    These are so cute! As soon as I saw them I went and got some tshirts and made a few mini ones!

  24. 74

    so cute! l have tons of scraps of scraps i can turn into these lovelies

  25. 75

    So cute! Thanks for the tut!

  26. 76

    Crazy cute!! What a great way to recycle old shirts.

  27. 77

    So stinkin cute! I love the colors!

  28. 78

    I'm all over this! Totally making these today. Thanks!

  29. 79
    Jayna Rae

    Looks like I have a project to add to my list, like I needed another one. This is too cute and simple though. Thanks for sharing.

  30. 80
    Lisa at Paint in my Hair

    stopping over from 1825…i LOVE this! Definitely going to try it.

  31. 81

    so wonderful! thanks for the idea :)

  32. 82

    So cute and everyone has colorful tee's they don't wear anymore. So fun!

  33. 83
    Julie the Cupcake Girl

    Seriously BRILLIANT!

  34. 84

    How darling are these? I love them!

  35. 85

    Gasp! This is fantastic – thank you!

  36. 86

    SERIOUSLY cute!!

  37. 87

    I did this too and put it on my blog with your link :)

  38. 88
    Kate @ Our Best Bites

    Oh, my gosh, LOVE!!!

  39. 89

    Very cool! So glad I found your site!

  40. 90

    Love these!

  41. 91

    Copy link. Paste in e-mail. Include in wedding plans.


  42. 92
    Mandy Coffey

    I'm featuring this on my blog today! smallfineprint.blogspot.com

    Be sure to come by tomorrow too for my linky party, link up any creations you have been working on!


  43. 93

    Shut up! I LOVE these! How stinkin cute!

  44. 94
    Military Spouse House

    Oh my. My heart just took a giant leap! I love these and am so glad I procastinate and haven't made it to Goodwill to drop off my old clothes! I will sent you an email once I get mine finished, as well as feature you on my blog when I make my post with the finshed project! :)

    Thanks for the tutorial!


  45. 95

    *thumbs up*

    Thanks!!! I am looking forward to making a pompom or two! My neighbor is forever getting holiday gifts for my kids. This little door decor idea is perfect to gift to her. The idea is great, even my littles can help out w the project.
    ~Casey Marie

  46. 96
    linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous

    Oh no! Use a rotary cutter to cut your t- shirts. Follow the tutorial closely and pull the strands tight when you're wrapping the cardboard. Also be sure when u start a new strand that you start it the way I show or you'll lose a volume.
    Let me know if you have more questions!
    Happy crafting!

  47. 97

    You go girl! These are awesome. So much for my t-shirts.

  48. 98

    Amazing with a side of awesome sauce!!!

  49. 99

    Wow!! Awesome!! I'll try them with my youngest! Thanks for this tutorial!!

  50. 100

    This is nice!!! Thanks for share it!!!!