Johnny has been more than a little obsessed with pom poms recently. His textiles teacher had the children making them old style - with little cardboard doughnuts, and he was so pleased with his. So a little project to make use of his poms seemed in order.
To make one, you'll need a lovely brown pom pom - how you make it is up to you. Here's a tutorial for the 'wrapped round fingers' method and one for the 'classic cardboard doughnut' style. The latter is highly desireable if you want to keep small childen occupied for a good long while. Johnny's teacher clearly understands how best to achieve a quiet interlude in her schedule.
When you tie the wool around the centre of your pom pom, leave a good long tail. You will need this to make the rest of the plum pud.
We took a red button and a piece of white felt, cut freehand into a vaguely circular, wiggly edged shape.
Using the long tail from your pom pom. sew up though the middle of your white felt shape and through the holes of the button, making a couple of passes to secure them well. We also tied on a tiny scrap of green wool, to look like holly leaves. Done.
Our plum puddings are going to be tied on to bags of Christmas cookies as teacher presents this year. I know it seems early to think of these things, but my offspring break up on December 10th. Aaaaargh. We may well require more than a cardboard doughnut or two to keep them calmly occupied between then and Christmas....