Pom poms are a fun way to decorate bags, clothing, Christmas presents, necklaces… I think this is an endless list! This how to make pom poms tutorial shows you how to make pom-poms the classic way which will give your pom-poms a great shape and result in thicker fluffier pom poms.
How to Make Pom Poms: Supplies
- Yarn in any fun colors. I like to use 8 ply yarn but you can use any thickness you like.
- Cardboard. Here I used a box from the garage. No need for anything fancy! Thicker cardboard works the best.
- Sharp scissors
- My printable pom pom template. Choose your size and get started. Otherwise, if you don’t feel like printing you can grab something round from the kitchen like a coffee cup to trace around and create 2 disks as shown below.
How to Make Pom Poms: Instructions
Step 1: Trace the template onto cardboard and cut out 2 disks in your desired size. Cut through one side of each ring as shown.
You can make a pom-pom without the slits and just pass the yarn through the center each time in the next step but I’ve always found that this takes 4 times as long to wind as you will need to cut a long piece of wool and thread it through the center with a needle. I like fast and easy methods, don’t you?
Step 2: Cut a piece of wool 10 inches (25cm) long and lay it aside. This will be for the tie around the middle.
Step 3: Hold your 2 template pieces together and start winding the yarn around both pieces of cardboard. Make sure the 2 slits are lined up. You will find that you can wind really fast by winding the yarn through the 2 slits instead of trying to pass it through the middle circle.
Step 4: Stop when you get to the end. Don’t worry if there is a little gap at the slit as you won’t notice in the final product.
Step 5: Cut around the outside edge of the cardboard between the 2 layers.
TIP: It is best to lay the rings flat on the table to do this and just slowly cut around it while supporting the top with your hand. You need to be especially careful at the slit that the pieces don’t come off the cardboard.
Step 6: Thread your 10-inch (25cm) piece of yarn through the center of the two cardboard disks. Pull tight and tie a knot.
You will notice that when you pull tight and tie the knot, the wool starts to pull through the disks.
Step 7: Remove the disks and trim the pom pom into shape if necessary. You can cut the long tie ends off or use them to attach it to your project.
And there you have it! A beautiful fluffy pom-pom.
Look how cute a pom pom looks on the zip of my Shield Clutch Sewing Pattern. Another idea is to add pom poms to the ends of the ties on clothing. If you are adding them to kids clothing make sure they are sewn on very well.
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What do you use pom-poms for? Share your ideas in the comments below.
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