What happens when a girl loves straw bags, has a huge stash of yarn, and is developing an obsession with pom poms?
I have always had a soft spot for cute summer bags. Be it vintage wicker bags, straw bags, weaved basket bags, bamboo bags… whatever you like to call them, anything that goes under one of the aforementioned categories of bag make me go weak on my knees.
While I appreciate the beauty and versatility of a plain straw bag, I also enjoy changing styles and adding pops of colour to my looks. Adding pom poms in coordinating colours to my beloved second-hand weaved straw bag seems to be the natural thing to do!
I made this pom pom bag charm on the same afternoon that I refashioned my old heels with pom poms. This mini DIY project took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish, including the time that it took to make the pom poms. Here’s how I did it:
Yarn in desired colours
Pom pom makers in different sizes
Beading accessory (in clockwise from top left): Lobster clasp, folding crimp, jump ring
Round-nose jewellery pliers
1. Make 3 or more pom poms in different sizes using a pom pom maker. Ensure that you leave a long tail for each pom pom. This is important for adjusting the length of the pom pom charm later.
2. Hold the cluster of pom poms together and place it against your straw bag. Adjust the length of each tail of each pom pom for your desired look. For example, I made sure that the brown pom pom is the longest of all 3 pom poms, while the other 2 pink pom poms are about the same height. Trim the tail according to the desired final length of the pom pom charm.
3. Using your jewellery pliers, secure the end of all the tails of the pom poms with the folding crimp. Add the jump ring and lobster clasp to the folding crimp.
4. Wrap the tail around the handle of the straw bag and hook the lobster clasp around the strands of yarn. Voila! You now have a pom pom charm hanging on your straw bag!
In hindsight, it might have been better to use a different shade of brown as the brown I picked looks too much like the colour of the bag itself. But I guess having a low-key look with the cluster of pom poms isn’t too bad either.
Try making one yourself if you have some time (and yarn) to spare this weekend! I’d love to see your versions!