DIY-Video: How-to-tutorial for Tulle Pom Poms

Summer is coming! And with it garden parties, weddings and long evenings outside; time to get in the mood and think about some decorations for upcoming events. At least this is what we did and we found something we really like! Tulle Pom Poms!

These soft, fluffy balls just seem to fit everywhere – in pastel colours and covered with rhinestones for a wedding, in bright pink for a girls’ night in or in lively rainbow colours for a birthday party. They are easy to make and just look stunning.

In the following video we will show you how you can create your very own Tulle Pom Poms. For this project you can use the standard tulle in any colour you want and prefer to work with. Play around with different colour shades and find your favourite colour mix.

Beforehand, here is what you need for one pom pom (30cm or 12" in diameter):

Just watch the video and find out how easy it is!

If you prefer to read a tutorial, here is a quick overview of the different steps as shown in the video:

  • Order: 1,5m tulle per pompom
  • fold tulle in half and start cutting stripes from the fold line
  • don’t cut all the way through, but leave some space at the end!
  • now cut the other end, one layer at a time
  • cut a piece of cardboard for the wrapping
  • wrap your fabric stripe around the cardboard
  • tie your bundle together in the centre
  • cut through the created fold lines
  • puff up your pom pom
  • Done!
Don’t worry, if you have to get used to the material first. It took us a moment too until we got the grasp and then it basically happened on its own.

To make one pom pom it took us about 30mins; we tried out faster methods of making them, but found that only this method guarantees that the pom pom becomes as pretty and obtains its nice and fluffy volume.

The material for the Pom Pom: Tulle

The material for this project has many advantages: it is inexpensive and you can by tulle fabric by the metre in many different colours in our shop Ordering just takes a second, but remember to give yourself enough time to actually make your pom poms and start your project in advance.

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Why not set up a girls’ craft night and enjoy the company of your friends and a good glass of wine while you get creative?


Good to know: Bag closures

Explanation: How do I attach bag fasteners? Bags are a popular project among those new to sewing, and with our sewing accessories even beginners can make a new bag themselves in no time at all and with minimal fuss. In addition to bag handles, we also have a variety of bag closures in our product range. But how are these supposed to be attached to a bag? This is what we are going to explain in this feature today.

The type of closure determines the sequence in which you need to sew the bag and attach the fasteners. Attaching a bag fastener is not nearly as complicated as it initially appears to be.

Magnetic clasp

The magnetic clasp consists of four parts, which can be attached to the bag by hand.
Explanation: How do I attach a magnetic clasp? The male part of the fastener is always attached to the flap, and the female part to the bag’s pouch. To get an idea of this mechanism, you can take a look at standard bags that come with magnetic clasps.

You can usually attach both parts of a magnetic clasp in a single step.

Tutorial: How do I attach bag fasteners? You need to mark the position of the male part of the fastener on the flap. When folding the bag over, you will then see where the female part of the fastener needs to be attached to the clutch.
The best way to do this is by inserting two pins through the fabric and thus “tracing” the marking. Once you have done this, attach both parts of a single fastener unit (magnet and shim).

A tip from us: When working with lightweight fabrics, strengthen the reverse of the fastener surface on the flap further with a remnant of Vlieseline.

Good to know: How do I attach a magnetic clasp? To do this, use scissors or a seam separator to make little incisions where the fastener clips are to be inserted. Insert the clasp, position the shim underneath from the reverse and fold the clips down inwards.

Slide key clasp:

You can only attach a slide key lock to bags that have a straight edge.
Explanation: Where do I attach a slide key clasp? First of all, you need to attach the base section of the slide key clasp, as this must later be invisibly secured. The centre of the cut piece is marked in the dressmaking pattern, and you can use this as a guide. To check and determine the position, fold the bag and position the slide key clasp upon it.

Good to know: How do I attach a slide key clasp?
If you are satisfied with the positioning, cut two holes/notches into the clutch and insert the clasp through them.

Tutorial: How do I attach bag fasteners? Then position the shim from the reverse and fold down the two clips inwards.

Explanation: Where is the slide key section supposed to go? Attach the slide key section in a similar manner. To do this, simply cut two little slits again, insert the clips and fold down. Make sure that the clips face inwards.

A tip from us: Mark the length of the incision with two pins, inserted crosswise; this will help you control the incisions so that they are not too wide.

Explanation: What does a slide key clasp look like? The slide key clasp can now be easily opened and closed.

Turn clasp:

The turn clasp can be attached to virtually all types of bags. It is a particularly attractive variant and looks complicated, but isn’t at all difficult to attach. Explanation: Where do I attach a turn clasp?
First, you need to mark the position of the clasp on the bag.

Explanation: When do I attach which part of the turn clasp? Then, you need to attach the base section of the slide key clasp, as this must later be invisibly secured.
Mark the position of the turn clasp, cut little slits at the insertion site, insert the turn clasp, position the disc and fold down the clips.

Explanation: Where do I attach a turn clasp? The rotatable part of the bag fastener looks like this on the outside.

Explanation: How do I attach a turn clasp? You can define where you would like to position the second section of the turn clasp by closing the bag, now nearly complete, and, using the upper section of the clasp, marking the site where the turn clasp domes up.

Explanation: Where do I attach a turn clasp? Now cut an appropriately sized hole into the flap. Embroidery scissors are a better option for this than the large fabric shears we have used.

Gut zu wissen Wo bringe ich den Drehverschluss an? Insert both clasp elements and then clip them down securely. The clips are to be visible on the reverse.

Good to know: Where do I attach a turn clasp? The two sides of the clasp then look like this.

Tutorial: How do I attach a turn clasp? "This is what our finished clutch looks like!"

These bag closures embellish backpack, elegant and sporty bags or small bags for children. You are free to choose which of your new bags you’d like to close with a practical bag fastener. At, these fasteners are available in various sizes and colours. Each bag fastener variant has its own charm!

In this feature, we have used the following fasteners:
Clasp Small 2Purse Clasp 2Magnetic button 3

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Sewing machine needles and their labels –
good to know!

Sewing machine needles are a part of the sewing machine often underestimated by new sewers. I know this from experience, as I would always use the same needle for every fabric when I was starting out sewing - whether it was leather, cotton or even fine silk fabric.

But now, I’m older and wiser and know the special attributes of each different type of needle. There’s just one problem now - what needle do I have in my machine and what is it for?

Our high-quality Schmetz sewing machine needles come with a simple colour marker to jog your memory in case you forget which needle is left in your machine from your last project.

Here, you can see at a glance which colour marker is intended for which type of fabric:
Sewing machine needles and their labels - good to know! The top line indicates the use/fabric and the coloured line underneath indicates the needle size. This means you can easily see if the needle in your machine is a ballpoint jersey needle or a leather needle with a cutting point. This is very important, as a leather needle would create lasting puncture holes in a jersey fabric, which would damage the material so that the seam could easily rip open when wearing.

And if you have a jersey needle in your machine when trying to sew leather, the machine can become blocked, as the needle can’t perforate the material.

As you see, the right needle is really important for good results when sewing, and for making sure your sewing machine continues to work well.

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Our new catalogue: Get inspired by the Spring Catalogue

With fresh ideas just for you – the Spring Catalogue

Are you slowly getting in the mood for spring, too? In our Spring Catalogue, we’ve put together all the items that will see you through the transition from winter to summer and inspire you to get to grips with new projects. It is now finally time to begin work on that project you’ve been itching to do for ages: So – have fun! And if you want to give the catalogue to a friend, when you receive your next order, there’ll be a catalogue in your parcel, too!

Every bag a masterpiece! Complementary inlays and volume fleece from Vlieseline

Every bag a masterpiece! Complementary inlays and volume fleece from Vlieseline With the right inlay, a length of fabric can become a truly durable, shape-retaining material that’s perfect for bags and rucksacks. Inlays are available in a variety of thicknesses, all of which have different properties. We only stock inlays from the German house of Freudenberg, which has specialised in inlays for decades and regularly develops new products. Of course, iron-on inlays also reinforce a blouse collar, and fabric inserts shape outer layers of clothing. Give it a try when you work on your next project and reinforce your fabric with inlay: You’ll notice the difference!

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