Get ahead of the game with these fast and easy, fun and mess-free pompom makers. These little gadgets are so entertaining to use, even the kids can do it!
Check out this simple step-by-step picture guide on how to use a pompom maker with one secret tool!
These pompom makers that I have comes in 4 sizes ranging from 3.5 in/ 8.8 cm down to 1.5 in/3.8cm. The Blue pompom in the picture was made using the largest maker and the Red pompom was made using the smallest maker (so fun!)
Depending on the weight of the yarn, a thing to remember is the thicker the yarn the less wrapping is needed, hence using a small pompom maker with a thick yarn may result in a not so “fluffy” ball of fur. Thinner yarn = more strands!
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Step by Step Pom Pom Making Tutorial
For this tutorial, I am using the medium-sized pompom maker which is about 2.7 in / 6.8cm.
You will notice that these pompom makers come with 2 sides that slide open, and on each side, comes with 2 “arms”.
Take your yarn and hold on to one end and start wrapping your yarn around both “arms” starting from one end to the other end. It is not necessary to wrap all the way to the very end.
For reference, I am using a category 3 weight yarn. You can even choose to use 2 strands of yarn if you prefer a faster wrap.
Once you have achieved a flat bottom like this image, this is a good indication that you have enough yarn.
Fold the arms down to close the loop, and cut off a slightly longer tail. Repeat the same steps on the other arm.
Once both arms have been fully wrapped and folded back down, turn the pompom maker upright.
Now for the most important tip. You must and should use a very sharp pointy pair of scissors. This will give you a clean and even cut, which is what makes your pompom round and symmetrical.
The best pair of scissors to use is a medium size fabric scissor. Otherwise, any sharp and pointy scissors will do.
Now comes the fun part! Place your scissors along the groove between the arms as your guide and snip off one section bit by bit. Repeat on the other side.
Once both sides have been snipped off, take a strand of yarn approximately 25in or 50cm in length and wrap the yarn between the arms through the middle portion of the maker in the round. Tie a knot, turn it over and tie a double knot.
Next, gently slide both arms open on each side.
To remove the pompom, you will have to pull both pieces apart by gently wiggling the center pin and giving it a strong pull.
Last but not least, take your pompom and snip off any stragglers and tidy up where needed.
Your pompom is all done!
To assemble the pompom maker back into place, just connect the center pin to the other end and push to close.
The arms should be able to fold back in and fit along the sides, ready to be used again.
Watch the Video Tutorial here
And that’s a wrap. What would you make with these pompom makers? The possibilities are endless. I’m thinking Pompom Wreaths, Pompom Trees, and PomPom Garlands. What other idea can you think of?
If you have any questions about this tutorial, do get in touch with me by dropping a comment below. And if you’re on social media, don’t forget to tag me @theknottylace, I would love to see your work!
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