How to Make Pom Poms

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How to Make Pom Poms

Inspired by Kirstie’s Allsopp’s love of the Clover Pom Pom Maker, I’ve been busy making pom poms from wool and yarn. They are super easy to make! Here I’ve made four different methods for you to try out . . .

Making poms . . . with a Pom Pom Maker

This ingenious little machine allows you to make pom poms without having to cut out cardboard circles. It’s really easy to use and comes in different sizes so that you can make different sized poms.

You will need

How to make

  1. Wrap your wool / yarn around one of the arcs (one arc is formed of two arms) until it is completely covered.
  2. Repeat step one for the remaining arc.
  3. Insert your scissors into the slit on the side of the machine, and cut all of the way around both arcs.
  4. Insert a piece of wool / yarn into the middle of the machine and pull it tight, secure in place with a knot.
  5. Gently remove the pom machine by releasing both arcs, and then remove the central sections by gently pulling on both sides.
  6. Trim your pom to the desired size.

Hints and Tips

  • When inserting the piece of yarn or wool into the centre of the machine make sure that you use something that is strong and not delicate, otherwise it may fray when you pull it up tightly into the machine.

Making Poms . . . the traditional way

Making poms in this way takes a little bit longer than the other three methods, however you can easily customise the size of your pom to suit your requirements by simply altering the diameter of the cardboard circles you cut out –

You Will Need

How to Make

  1. Cut out two cardboard circles using a circular object as a template (jars and mugs make great templates) with a hole in the middle of each so that you end up with a ‘ring’ shape.
  2. Hold both the cardboard circles tightly together, and wind your wool / yarn evenly and firmly around the edge.
  3. Continue winding the wool / yarn around the circles until the central hole is nearly full.
  4. Using the scissors, carefully snip the wound wool/yarn between the two cardboard circles and continue all the way around until all the wool / yarn has been cut.
  5. Thread a length of wool/yarn around the centre of the pom, between the two circles of cardboard, then tie tightly to secure.  Do not cut off any of the excess wool / yarn.
  6. Remove the card from your pom by using your scissors to snip into the card, and pull apart to separate.
  7. Trim your pom to give it even edges.

Hints and Tips

The larger the diameter of your circle the larger the pom will be, and the more wool you will need to allow for the making. A circle with an 8 cm diameter is a good size to begin with, this dimension can then be adjusted accordingly dependent on the size pom needed in future.

Making poms . . . with a fork

This method makes smaller poms than the traditional method and you are restricted by the size of the fork that you use, however they are perfect for use on knitted items, or why not string a few together and make a festive garland for your tree? They take around 10 minutes to make, and are perfect for beginners and advanced crafters alike.

You Will Need –

How to Make –

  1. Start with the fork facing you. Pull a 5 cm strand of wool through the central prong of the fork and hold in place with your thumb.
  2. Start wrapping the wool around all of the prongs on the fork and keep going until you’ve built up quite a few layers.
  3. Once you have finished winding on the wool tie the end strand of wool to the one you are holding with your thumb, this will keep it out of the way for the time being.
  4. Cut a 40cm length of your wool / yarn and fold in half. Thread this through the central prong of the fork, below the wound wool, and pull towards the prongs at the top of the fork so that the wool length loops over the front of the wound wool and then through the central prong at the top.
  5. Secure in place by tying in a knot, make sure that this is quite tight to avoid the pom coming apart once you remove it from the fork.
  6. Remove the work from the fork. This will leave you with a squashed ‘parcel’ like shape.
  7. Using scissors cut along the vertical edges of the parcel where the wool folds under to release the stands of the pom. Trim your pom to the desired size.

Making poms . . . with your hand

This method produces a looser pom. Like the fork method it’s really quick and easy to do (taking a grand total of ten minutes maximum).

You Will Need

How to Make –

  1. Grasp the wool / yarn between your thumb and index finger and begin to wrap the wool around all four fingers.
  2. Continue until you’ve built up quite a few layers. Once you have finished winding on the wool, thread a length of wool/yarn through the middle of your fingers below the wound wool (the wool edge closest to your wrist).
  3. Remove the work from your fingers and secure both loose ends, make sure that this is centrally positioned on the work and secure with a knot.
  4. Using scissors cut along the vertical edges of the work where the wool folds under, to release the stands of the pom.
  5. Trim your pom to the desired size.

Hints and Tips

  • Why not try using more than one colour of yarn / wool for a mulitcoloured pom?

 

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