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DIY Pom Pom Towels

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DIY pom pom towels are the latest little project for my impromptu master bathroom update. These were a quick afternoon project, and I love how they turned out!

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After I impulsively painted my master bathroom pink a few weeks ago, I realized that much of my old decor would have to go. And that included the blue hand towels. They were giving the bathroom a not so cool 80s vibe when I really just wanted a pretty boho retreat. 

pink boho master bathroom with house plants

Here’s a work in progress picture of my master bathroom redecorating project. So far I have painted the walls a blush pink, added some plants and started to add some decor to the walls. The Hanging Plant Shelf is another DIY project.

I wanted hand towels that were colorful, but wouldn’t clash with the pale pink on the walls. And, yes, I thought about towels way too much. Especially for someone who has never taken the time to decorate the master bathroom in any of our homes. But, the new paint job has me on a mission to create a little oasis for myself and I’m running with it.

colorful diy pom pom towel hanging against a pink wall

To get both color without clashing I decided to go with white towels embellished with bright pom pom trim. And they’re so cute!

2 diy pom pom towels on a white shelf

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DIY Pom Pom Towels

Estimated Project Time

The best part about this project is that it so quick. I was able to make these towels in an afternoon, even with lots of breaks to help my toddler chase dinosaurs, elephants and all of the other imaginary creatures that kept creeping into the room. 

If you work straight through these should take you about 30 minutes to make. If you take lots of breaks like me or are just learning how to sew expect it take a little bit longer. In total I probably spent about 1.5 hours making 2 towels.

diy pom pom hand towel

Skill Level

The sewing skills needed for these towels are very basic. You’ll need to know how to measure and cut fabric and sew a straight stitch and zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. That’s it! These DIY Pom Pom Towels are super simple to make and a great project for beginners.

Supplies

white pom pom towel hanging in bathroom

DIY Pom Pom Towels Tips

Working with Terry Cloth

Depending on the type of terry cloth fabric you use it might shed a lot. Just be prepared for some sweeping and lint rolling after you cut your fabric. You may also need to dust your sewing machine after sewing with it.

I chose to use a waffle terry cloth because I have a bunch stashed in with my sewing stuff from making burp cloths when my kiddo was a baby. The waffle terry cloth has a square weave (giving it the waffle name) and is SUPER absorbent. It sheds quite a bit so be prepared for some clean up. 

The exact fabric I used is linked in the supply list above.

Prevent color bleed in the wash

To prevent color bleed I always wash my sewing projects with a Color Catcher for the first wash. I have no idea how these things work, but they totally do! 

If you haven’t used a color catcher before, it’s a little sheet (like a dryer sheet) that goes into the washing machine with your items. While things are being washed the color catcher soaks up any colors that bleed and prevents the color from bleeding onto other items in the wash. It’s pretty amazing!

Your fabric and pom pom trim might not bleed, but I always like to be careful. There’s nothing worse than spending time on a project only to have it be ruined in the wash by color bleed!

close up of pom poms

Prevent Shrinking

Expect terry cloth (and lots of other cotton fabrics) to shrink in the first wash. Wash your DIY Pom Pom Towels for the first time in cold water and air dry. It will still shrink some, but this will help to prevent major shrinking.

Many people recommend pre-washing your fabric before you start a new project. I’m a bit lazy so I never do this. However, if you do choose to pre-wash your fabric you won’t have to worry so much about your project shrinking with the first wash. I generally don’t pre-wash my fabrics because many fabrics will unravel in the wash – this will especially happen with terry cloth.

diy pom pom towel with rainbow pom poms in a pink bathroom

Download the Full Instructions

You can get the full instructions to make your own DIY Pom Pom Towels in my free resource library. The printable instructions for this project include a supply list and step-by-step instructions that can be printed with or without pictures.

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