Faux Fur Pom-Pom Mouse Ears: Free Tutorial

I’m gearing up for Disney trip #2 in 2019! I’ll be going to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim with my good friend and her family. They live across the country so I haven’t seen them in a couple of years. I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to be reunited at the Happiest Place on Earth! To add to the excitement, we were lucky enough to get reservations for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – the brand new Star Wars themed portion of Disneyland! EEEP!!

If you saw my Wire Mouse Ears with Crochet Flowers post, you will know that mouse ears are basically an outfit staple of mine when visiting Disney parks. You will also know that I am not a fan of the souvenir shop mouse ears. Your girl has taken it upon herself come up with yet another pair of DIY mouse ears!

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Introducing the Faux Fur Pom-Pom Mouse Ears! I found this luscious faux fur yarn at my local yarn store during an end-of-season sale. After quickly discovering that the yarn was much too difficult to knit or crochet with, I decided to make pom-poms!

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To make the pom-poms, I used my pom-pom maker by Clover. Purchasing this pom-pom maker was definitely one of my better life decisions. With it I can make a pom-pom in less than 5 minutes and they come out looking so full and fluffy! Clover even has a YouTube channel featuring a video on how to use the pom-pom maker.

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Once both pom-pom ears were made, I crocheted a simple bow to place in between the ears in true Minnie Mouse fashion. This tutorial will provide you with my very own crochet pattern for the bow, as well as instructions on how to add the bow and pom-poms to a headband.

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For this project, you should be able to single crochet and use a tapestry needle to stitch two crochet pieces together. You should also feel comfortable using a hot glue gun. Within this post, I have linked videos for how to use a pom-pom maker and how to crochet around a headband. Watch the videos if you are not familiar with how to do these things! Now let’s get yarning!

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Materials

  • Faux Fur Yarn – I used Alpine by Sirdar. The skein was 36 yards total and I used approximately 12 yards per pom (24 yards total, about 2/3 of the skein)
  • Worsted weight yarn in two colors:
    • Bow color (about 90 yards)
    • A color to match the headband (about 10 yards)
  • Size G (4.0mm) crochet hook
  • Pom-pom maker – Large size, makes pom-poms 3 3/8 inch in diameter
  • Headband – I used Scunci No Slip Grip Most Comfortable Headband
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Hot glue gun

Abbreviations

  • Ch = Ch
  • SC = Single crochet

Instructions

Pom-Pom Ears

Make two pom-poms using the pom-pom maker. When you tie off the pom-poms, leave long tails attached. Watch this video if you need a tutorial on how to use the pom-pom maker.

 

Crocheting the Bow

Main Piece

Using worsted weight yarn in your bow color, Ch 15

Row 1: 1 SC in second ch from hook. Continue with 1 SC in each ch until end of row. Turn work (14).

Row 2: 1 SC in each stitch until end of row. Turn work (14).

Repeat row 2, 59 times. Once finished, cut and tie off yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Center Piece

Using worsted weight yarn in your bow color, Ch 6

Row 1: 1 SC in second ch from hook. Continue with 1 SC in each ch until end of row. Turn work (5).

Row 2: 1 SC in each stitch until end of row. Turn work (5).

Repeat row 2, 15 times. Once finished, cut and tie off yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembling the Bow

1. Attach tapestry needle to the tail left on the main piece of bow. Sew the two short ends of the rectangle together. Leave tapestry needle attached. IMG_20190513_175832.jpg

2. Lay piece flat with the sewn seam in the middle. Pinch the two long ends together to form a bow shape. Pass tapestry needle back and forth through cinched center. Once cinched center is secure, cut and tie off yarn.

 

3. Attach tapestry needle to the tail left on the center piece. Wrap the center piece around the cinched center of the bow. Stitch the two short ends together on the back side of the bow.

 

Assembling the Headband

1. Using worsted weight yarn that matches the color of your headband, SC around the headband, covering the only the top curve as shown in the photo below. Watch this video if you need a tutorial on how to crochet around a headband.

 

2. Using tapestry needle and a piece of headband colored yarn, sew the bottom of the center piece of the bow to the middle of the headband. Do this by passing the needle back and forth through the headband stitches and the center piece of the bow.

 

3. For extra security, do a few more stitches by wrapping the tapestry needle all the way around the headband and through the bottom of the center piece. Once headband is secure, cut and tie off sewing yarn. Weave in ends.

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4. Attach tapestry needle to one of the pom-pom tails. Place pom-pom to the right side of the bow, sitting halfway behind it. Sew the pom-pom to the headband by wrapping the tapestry needle and tail yarn all the way around the headband and through the headband stitches.

 

5. Repeat step 4, attaching tapestry needle to the second pom-pom tail Once pom-pom is secure, tie two tails together beneath the pom-pom on the backside of the headband. Cut any excess yarn so tails blend in with the rest of the pom-pom.IMG_20190516_174808.jpg

6. Repeat steps 5-7 with the second pom-pom, placing it to the left side of the bow.

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7. You will notice that the pom-poms are a bit droopy. To fix this, use a hot glue gun to glue the right and left backsides of the bow to each of the pom-poms.

 

That’s all folks! Your squishy new ears are ready to be worn to the Disney Parks. Eat a churro for me while you are there 😉

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I would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @darsi_stitches and share this pattern with your friends and followers.

Please note that I am in no way, shape, or form a *professional* pattern writer or designer. I simply write my patterns in a way that works best for me and share them with all of you. Please leave a comment or send me a message if you have ANY questions or feedback (positive or negative). I am always trying to improve!

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xoxo,

Darsi

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