Easy DIY Pom Pom Pets Make Adorable Gnome Pets

The kiddo was bugging me for a bunny for the gnomes. So we made these easy DIY pom pom pets–they make the perfect gnome pets!

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This is not only the easiest way to make a DIY no-sew pom pom or just a DIY pom pom, but also to make a DIY pom pom pet for a gnome (or a kid, they can play with them, too, I guess…LOL!).

DIY Pom Pom Pets

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are super indulgent when it comes to our gnomes. I mean, they get what they want, because they’re doing their job making the house look adorable–and who am I to argue with a bunch of tiny gnomes?! Also, it’s funny when the kid tells me that the gnome “needs” something and suddenly we’re off making another craft! LOL!

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The latest “need” our household gnomes had was pretty funny: gnome pets. I thought about this for about 5 minutes and came up with this ridiculously easy idea to make DIY no-sew pom poms and DIY pom poms with sewing to try out a theory I’d had. Sure enough, these DIY pom poms make perfect gnome pets when you add just a couple of details!

If you’re ready to make pet for your gnome, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make DIY Pom Poms

  • First, click here to get the pattern for these adorable gnome pets. That’s going to get your noses, ears and tails figured out for each of these cuties.
  • Now, with the pattern in hand, you’re probably wondering what you need to do to make each one special, keep reading. I’ve got tips for each laid-out below.
  • When you’re making your DIY pom poms by sewing them, I like to double-up on embroidery thread. That way when you’re pulling it through at the end, you don’t risk breaking the thread.
  • When you’re making your DIY no-sew pom poms, you don’t use needle and thread, obviously. But what you do want is fabric hot glue like the stuff I use here. Regular fabric glue takes too long to dry and you don’t want to be holding it for 30-45 minutes. And regular hot glue will make hard places in your pom pom, which is totally uncool. So, a mixture of both is absolutely necessary!
  • If you have never cut faux fur before or you’ve hated how it turned out, I have a treat for you! You can’t just whip out your scissors and start cutting as that will leave a sharp edge on the fur. Instead, flip over the fur and, with a razor blade or Exacto knife, cut only the fabric and then pull the cut piece away from the whole. This will leave you with a beautiful drape on the beard and you’ll love it. I show you how to cut faux fur in the video.
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Tips to Make a Pom Pom Cat

  • First, click here to get the pattern for these adorable gnome pets. That’s going to get your noses, ears and tails figured out for each of these cuties.
  • Now, with that in hand, you’re going to want a little scrap of pink felt to go with your grey faux fur. And a couple of grey small pom poms and some black yarn (just a scrap).
  • Be sure to put some fabric wire into the tail of your pom pom kitty so you can make it ridiculously posable. So funny.
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Tips to Make a Pom Pom Bunny

  • First, click here to get the pattern for these adorable gnome pets. That’s going to get your noses, ears and tails figured out for each of these cuties.
  • The bunny is the first one I made, because that was the kid’s goal: make a bunny for one of the spring gnomes. So, it’s really the concept from which I based all of the other pom pom animals off of.
  • The ears are way easier than they look. Just cut the patterns, glue the inner piece on the back of the outer piece, then wrap the outer piece around the edges and glue in place. I even forgot to put my floral wire in the ear and was able to work it into the edge–and it still worked.
  • This pom pom bunny calls for 3 tiny white pom poms: two for the mouth/muzzle and one for the tail.
  • You’ll also want some darker pink felt for your nose and inner ear pieces, but you just need a scrap.
  • I used pale pink faux fur to make the pom pom for this bunny, but you can use grey, white, blue, yellow…anything. Bunnies are all colors, right?!
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Tips to Make a Pom Pom Dog

  • First, click here to get the pattern for these adorable gnome pets. That’s going to get your noses, ears and tails figured out for each of these cuties.
  • The pom pom puppy is my favorite. I love a good unicorn, the bunny definitely has a place in my heart, and the kitty is cute–but the puppy? Oh, he’s freaking adorable. So, of course, he’s the “most complicated”. Which, for the purposes of this easy tutorial means that this pom pom puppy has one more piece than the others do: the tongue! LOL!
  • Ears for the pom pom dog are done the same way as the bunny and kitty. Just cut the patterns, glue the inner piece on the back of the outer piece, then wrap the outer piece around the edges and glue in place.
  • I added a little detail to the tongue with a pencil. Yep–just wrote write on the pink felt.
  • To make the details stand out for your pom pom puppy, you’ll want some scraps of pink felt, a tiny scrap of black felt and a couple of dark brown tiny pom poms. Easy peasy!
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Tips to Make a Pom Pom Unicorn

  • First, click here to get the pattern for these adorable gnome pets. That’s going to get your noses, ears and tails figured out for each of these cuties.
  • The horn is really easy. Just cut two horn shapes from the pattern out of scrap gold fabric then sew them together–or, if your fabric is super stretchy, like mine was, you can just cut one piece and sew that, then rely on the stretchiness of the fabric to give you a bit more girth. Then stuff and glue it on the pom pom!
  • For the unicorn’s mane, I just grabbed some super colorful rainbow awesomeness merino wool yarn that I found at the craft store. So much fun!
  • To make the unicorn eyes, I just put a line of hot glue onto a piece of parchment paper and then laid a scrap piece of black yarn on top. Let that dry and you can peel it up from the parchment paper and just tack it down on the pom pom!
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How Do I Make this Pom pom Pets?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL here.

Yield: 4 Adorable DIY Pom Pom Pets

DIY Pom Pom Pets

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Seriously in love with these too-cute-to-be-real-but-they-are DIY pom pom pets. They're so simple and fun to make, I couldn't possibly stop after making just one gnome pet! LOL!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Faux Fur (pink, grey, brown and white)
  • Scraps of Craft Felt (pink and black)
  • Scrap Black Yarn
  • 7 Tiny Pom Poms in Coordinating Colors
  • Small Amount of Polyfill
  • Rainbow Merino Wool Yarn Scraps
  • Floral Wire Pieces
  • Scraps Gold Fabric

Tools

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting your faux fur to make the DIY pom poms. Simply place the cereal bowl (or other form with a 4-inch diameter - although this is approximate and can be adjusted based on preference) on the back of the faux fur and trace the shape onto the fabric with the pencil. Remove the form and, cutting only the fabric backing using the exacto knife, cut out the circle and remove it from the remainder of the fur.
  2. To make the no-sew pom pom, place a handful of polyfill into the center of the faux fur circle and place a line of hot glue on the outer edge of the fabric backing of the faux fur, pinching the edges together and holding until the glue sets. Working around the circle should close the pom pom, but if it does not, add a dollop of hot glue and pinch the remaining hole closed. photo collage tutorial of how to make a diy faux fur pom pom animal gnome pet
  3. To make the DIY pom pom by sewing, with your needle and embroidery thread, whip stitch about 1/4 inch from the edge of the circle all the way around, pulling it snug as you go. This should fairly well close the pom pom. About 3/4 of the way around the circle, push some stuffing down into the cavity of the pom pom, then finish stitching and pull it tight. Knot it closed tightly. photo collage tutorial of how to make a faux fur pom pom pet gnome pet
  4. Cut out the detail pieces from the pattern for each of the pom pom pets. Assemble the ears and glue them on top of the appropriate pet. For the bunny, puppy and kitty, hot glue two tiny pom poms in corresponding colors to the front of each pom pom animal. For the unicorn, make the horn and glue it in place, then drape the mane on and hot glue in place. Finally, attach the unicorn's eyes, as described above. Enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a diy pom pom pet gnome pet

Notes

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  1. These are just so freaking adorable!! I can’t decide which one is my favorite – it’s close between the cat and the unicorn… oh who am I kidding? They’re all my favorite! A great tutorial, thanks for sharing.