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How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn!

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com This DIY pom pom rug is like the best gift you could ever give your home. Seriously. Your home is there for you everyday, having walls and a roof and heat. The least you can do is gift it an epically squishy, texture-tastic rug for the floor.

And let’s just admit that a handmade pom pom rug is just as much a gift for your feet and eyes as it is for your floors.

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comReally, this rug brings me joy every single time I look at it.

And the kids love it too. They roll around on its fluffiness and stroke the strands of the pom poms.

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom baby nursery rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI wish you could reach through the screen and pet it because it’s just ridiculously soft and bouncy. It’s like part sheepskin, part sweater and part Lady Gaga costume.

I first came across a tutorial about how to make a pom pom rug on Say Yes and I knew immediately that Quinn’s room would need this furry amoeba.

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comAnd the icing on the wooly cake is that I didn’t have to buy a single thing to make this pom pom rug. I had a rug pad from several moves ago and I used up several skeins of white, cream and oatmeal-colored yarn from my stash.

(This rug turned out to be that 1 in 100 time where you can justify all the stuff you’ve been hoarding for years “in case you need it for a project some day.” I needed it! And thus will now have ammunition to justify hoarding another 10 years of craft supplies.)

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comDIY Pom Pom Rug Supplies

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• yarn (Try to use different textures and thicknesses to add more variety to your rug, especially if your color scheme is fairly monochromatic like mine. Try this one, or this one or this one.)
rug pad
• toilet paper tubes
• sharp scissors (These are my fav!)

How to make a pom pom rug

1. Cut your rug pad into the size and shape you’d like your rug to be. Mine is an oval.

2. Make a boatload of pom poms. (Check out my full pom pom tutorial!) Make sure that you leave the “tails” of the yarn you’re tying around the pom pom yarn pretty long. These tails are what you’ll use to tie the pom poms to the rug pad.

3. Lay your pom poms out on the floor and admire how cool they’ll look together.

How to make a DIY pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy bedside pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com4. Make even more pom poms. Lay them out and admire some more.

5. When you’re starting to get close to having enough to cover your rug pad, begin tying them on using the “tails” from creating the pom poms. I knew I wanted a really dense rug, so I placed them fairly close together. Once you’ve tied some on, you can always go back and fill in any gaps if it’s not fluffing to your liking.

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com6. Make some more pom poms. I’m just kidding. Kind of. You will probably find though that once the pom poms are all tied to your rug mat, there’s going to be areas you want to fill in a little bit.

7. Trim off any wildly stray strands from your pom poms. And if you’d like, trim the tails on the backside of the rug. I didn’t.

8. Sink your feet, hands, heck even your elbow, into the heavenly bliss that is a pom pom rug.

9. What room in your house could use a little pom pom floor party? I hope you enjoy your rug as much as I love ours.

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
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61 Comments

  • Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    April 1, 2016 at 2:08 am

    This is such a cute rug! Love your idea, it looks so soft and plush. Complimets for your skills, and pictures!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I wish you could reach through the screen and squish it, Nicoletta. It IS plush! I’d make a pom pom pillow topper for my bed if I had the patience 😉

      Reply
      • Amanda Birkett
        September 26, 2017 at 8:40 am

        Hi, I’m loving this however I have a problem I hope you can help me with, no matter what yarn I use or how many times I wrap it around it’s never fluffy, just saggy & a flop, any idea what I’m doing wrong.

        Thank you. X

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          September 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm

          Hey Amanda,

          I think you probably just need more overall strands of yarn per pom pom. So whether you’re using a pom pom maker or a cardboard tube, I’d just wrap more yarn around before cutting it to make the pom pom. 🙂

          Jess

          Reply
    • joy
      October 5, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      hey [email protected] there is a video on youtube for this, it is called the secret to a perfect pom pom, hope i could help

      Reply
  • Emma
    April 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Such a cute idea 🙂

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  • Aga / Passion Shake
    April 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Wow Jess! Your rug is too pretty! Well done 🙂

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Aga! I love it. It’s almost the kind of thing I don’t want anyone to step on, but I try to remind myself that I can alway just make another one 🙂

      Happy crafting!

      Jess

      Reply
      • Aga I Passion Shake
        April 6, 2016 at 1:15 am

        Haha so true!! I would probably hang it on the wall to be sure ! :”)

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  • Alexis
    April 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Ah!! This is so cute and fluffy! I just want to stick my toes in it – is that weird?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 25, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Ha. No, I don’t think that’s weird at all, because it feels AWESOME when you do! And you’re reminding me of my favorite pickup lines–“I’d like to run barefoot through your hair.” My friends and I used to dare each other to say it to guys in college 🙂 Now I just want to run barefoot through big fluffy piles of yarn…

      Reply
  • kim hingston
    June 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    How many dfferent size pom poms sizes did you use?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Good question, Kim. I kind of made them randomly, but I used the same piece of cardboard for most of them. I think they look slightly different because of the different weights of yarn. This is a super forgiving project so just experiment a little bit 🙂

      I think you’ll love the final product. I do!

      Jess

      Reply
  • carolyn
    July 22, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    hi Jess. can you tell me about your scissors please? the link you posted isnt working and ive spent hrs searching online. google is not my friend right now.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hey Carolyn,

      I’m so sorry about that. These are the scissors. (Affiliate link)

      Happy cutting!

      Jess

      Reply
      • Carolyn
        July 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        I’m sorry Jess,I should’ve been more specific. The scissors I meant were the ergonomic black ones.

        Reply
        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          July 31, 2016 at 8:30 pm

          Oh! I got them at IKEA for less than $5! I brought them probably about 7 months ago.

          Hope that helps (and that they still have them so you can get some)!

          Reply
          • Carolyn
            August 1, 2016 at 12:42 am

            Awesome! Thank you!

  • Erran
    July 28, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Are the pom-poms baby safe??thanks 🙂

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Great question. I have found that as my daughter gets older, she’s able to pull some of the strands out of the pom poms, so I’ve needed to put it away for a while until she learns not to do that. Repeat Crafter Me has a great video tutorial on making pom poms with hot glue in the middle, which I think would solve the problem.

      Hope that helps!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Hannah
    August 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Is this rug washable?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Hey Hannah,

      Unfortunately, I don’t think it would fair well in the washer. I think the pom poms might look a little ragged and droopy after the spin cycle.

      Hope that helps.

      Jess

      Reply
  • pom pom
    September 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    WOW! This is so cute!
    Thanks a lot for your tutorial.

    Reply
  • Ayushi
    September 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Jess, I’m thinking of making this for my kid niece and nephew. I unfortunately have no idea how much yarn to order. Approximately how many spools did you use and what were the lengths of the spools? Also, what size was your rug? Any help on this would be great!

    Reply
  • Ayushi
    September 21, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Jess, I’m thinking of making this for my kid niece and nephew. I unfortunately have no idea how much yarn to order. Approximately how many spools did you use and what were the lengths of the spools? Also, what size was your rug? Any help on this would be great!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Hey Ayushi!

      Man, I wish I had a simple answer to this. My rug is about 20″ in diameter. The thing is, the amount of yarn you need is very dependent on how thick it is, how fluffy you make your pom poms and then how closely together you tie them onto the rug pad. The great thing is that you can use inexpensive yarn for this because you don’t need anything fancy, so if I were you, I might order a little extra. If I had to guess, I’d say you could get by with 1-2 skeins of thinner (worsted weight yarn) and 3 skeins of chunky yarn to make one rug and you’d probably have some yarn left over. Again, this is just a really rough guess because I used a bunch of yarn from my stash.

      Hope that’s slightly helpful! 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • tarah
    October 11, 2016 at 2:58 am

    I am going to make this! i love this idea.
    p.s what is the cardboard tubes used for?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Yay! We love our rug around here. The tubes are just for wrapping the yarn around to make the pom poms.

      Reply
  • Lyone
    October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I wonder: If I used some sort of glue while making the pom poms–like gluing them together in the center, or something like that–then maybe washing this rug would be OK. It might come out with more of a felted look. What do you think?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Hey Lyone,

      Yes, I think glue might help! I saw Repeat Crafter Me do a video once about how she hot glues the middle of pom poms so they can’t come apart. Something like that could be perfect. I think if you avoided 100% wool yarn, you could wash it on cool and delicate without felting issues.

      Thanks for the great idea on the glue!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lili
    November 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    question!?!? right now I am in the process of making a pom pom rug for my son’s nursery. so far I have approximately 20 pom poms made. I just layed them out on the floor to get a rough idea of what the rug will look like but when I stepped on it the knots from where u tied the pom poms dug into my feet. I thought by the look of the rug from photos that it would be soft and comfortable for my son but it was not at all. so what I am wondering is if I am doing something work or if that is what it is actually supposed to feel like? thanks!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 9, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Hey Lili,

      I’d def classify ours as soft and comfortable. When I step on it, I do feel a little budge from the densest area of the pop pop middle, but it’s not bad. I’m guessing that once your pom poms are tied onto the rug and there are more of them to add poofy-ness all around, it will be less noticeable.

      My kids love our rug!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Ali Rogers
    November 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Hey Jess,

    I LOVE your rug – it is absolutely stunning! Those pops of gold and pink make me so happy 🙂

    I’m curious to know how it’s holding up now it has been in use for a few months? Have you had to clean it at all? And are the poms as fluffy still? Have you had much loss of strands?

    I can’t wait to make my own!

    Thanks 🙂
    Ali

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Hey Ali!

      I am happy to say the pom poms are still very fluffy. I haven’t tried to clean it yet, but it stays pretty clean because we don’t wear shoes in our house. The thing I have found though is that my baby daughter loves to pull strands out of the pom poms. Ha. So, I think there would be very minimal yarn loss with regular use, but even with her picking at it whenever she gets the chance, the pom poms have remained pretty full.

      I’d love to see a pic if you make a rug of your own!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Barbara
    December 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

    This is a wonderful idea for a rug in a college dorm. I think if you make sure the yarn is machine washable and you wash and dry the matting first- it should survive cleaning!

    Reply
  • Autumn
    January 11, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I am inspired! I am going to start on mine today. i will post a pic once i am done. i am a little ambitious. going to see if i can make one for our din. the room is about 20×20 and is where we spend most of our time. i think we would love this. thank you for sharing!!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Oooooh! Amazing! You must send a pic when you finish! I would LOVE to see a larger version! How squishy and wonderful.

      Reply
  • Ciel
    February 14, 2017 at 11:57 am

    hi, love the rig, just wondering how it has held up over time? did the pom’s squish/flatten much?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Great question, Ciel! My pom poms have stayed really quite fluffy. The biggest issue for me is that my toddler loves to pull strands out of the pom poms 🙂 Other than that though, it’s still looking really good. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • fns
    March 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Jess! Such a beautiful rug! I’m happy to see that you still take the time to respond to posts even though this one has been up for a while.

    If I used the hot glue technique to keep the poms together, do you think it would affect the comfortable squishiness of the rug?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 3, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Hmm. I’m not sure about that. I think you could try gluing a pom pom or two and just squish it between your fingers to see if you feel the glue. If it’s not too noticeable, I don’t think it will bother your feet. 🙂

      Reply
  • Ebba Currie
    March 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Love this. I can’t click on your link for the rug mat. Where can i purchase this from?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Boo. I’m sorry the link didn’t work. Here’s a new link to a version on Amazon. (It’s an affiliate link.) At one point I know IKEA carried something similar as well, but I also think you might be able to buy rug pad like this at Target or Walmart.

      Jess

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      • Joanna
        April 8, 2017 at 12:02 am

        I have not found a mat like this at all. I have only found the bath mats with the suction cups…..any suggestions? Or am i looking in the wrong places? I have been to target and walmart.feeling frustrated and ready to start

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          May 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

          Hey Joanna,

          Hmm. I believe I’ve seen them at Target before. Here’s one on Amazon that would work well. I’d search “rug pad” on a few sites like Target and Walmart and see if it seems like they have it in-store. Might save you some running around when you actually get there.

          Good luck and happy pom pom making!

          Jess

          Reply
  • Marina
    March 29, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I love this pom pom rug craze! Alongside such a soft, plushy rug, I was wondering if I can make a plushy pillow to match with this similar technique? Any tips for how to go about this would be great! Thanks

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Oh yes! I think that would be an awesome idea! I’d just cut a smaller square of rug pad and do the same thing I did here for the rug. Also, then you could crochet a back square for the pillow or create two sides of rug pad/pom poms and sew them together by hand.

      Sounds like fun!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Yaz
    April 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Can I sew them onto the rug backing and not tie them ? I’ve made about 100 pompoms and not left any longer yarn to tie !! ??

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Hey Yaz,

      Yes! I think you totally could. I’d just use a tapestry needle to thread the yarn through the pom poms and tie them onto the rug pad. Way to go on making 100 pom poms!!

      Jess

      Reply
      • Yaz
        April 8, 2017 at 12:33 am

        Thanks jess ! Will give it a go xxx

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        • Nina
          May 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

          I’d love to see a picture of your larger rug!! I’m thinking of making this for my daughter’s nursery but don’t know how many pompoms I need and if it’s too ambitious 😉

          Reply
          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            May 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

            Hey Nina,

            You could always get started with the pom poms and just stop whenever you’re feeling like it. In hindsight, I could have made my rug smaller and still had a great effect. Also, if you plan on making this, I’d recommend buying a pom pom maker from somewhere like Michael’s. They’re about $7 and they’ll speed things up!

            Happy pom pom making!

            Jess

  • Amanda W
    May 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Every time I get pregnant I buy three or four skeins of plush comfy yarn because “I’m going to make my baby a blankey”, but I never finish it. So now I have three gorgeous skeins of Bernat Blanket yarn… Maybe I’ll finish this progect lol! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Haha, I can so relate to this, Amanda! Those pregnancy nesting hormones are intense aren’t they!? Sounds like a pom pom rug is definitely in order. 🙂

      Reply
  • Megs
    June 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Hi,

    Just wondering if the rug has any risk as a trip hazard for newly walking bubs or busy toddlers on-the-go? Would their little feet slip “in between” the pompoms if you understand what I mean?

    Thanks

    Megs

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hey Megs,

      In my experience, everything is a trip hazard to newly-walking babies. 🙂 I do think it’s not the easiest thing to navigate for new walkers, but that’s probably exactly why they like it. It’s interested and a challenge and a different texture than everything else. During the phase when my daughter wanted to pull every strand of yarn out though, I simply used it as a cushion on the chair I nurse her on and it looked great there too. 🙂

      Happy pom pom making!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Jillypotato
    July 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Why do you need the toilet paper roles

    Reply
  • Donna
    December 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Is it best to use acrylic or wool yarn or is it okay to mix and match?

    Reply

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