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Pom poms are a quick and easy way to add a fun design element to your crochet projects. And best of all, they are super easy to make. So, in this tutorial, you will learn how to make pom poms using yarn.
If you are planning to make a lot of pom poms, it might be worth investing in a pom pom making set.
Having said that, if you only need a pom pom now and again, why not make your own pom pom maker? All you need is a bit of cardboard…
Pom Pom Making Material
To make your own pom pom maker, you will need:
- Circular template (e.g. a lid, etc.)
- A pair of scissors
To make your pom poms, you will need the following:
- Yarn needle
How to Make Pom Poms Using Yarn
Use a round item to trace two circles onto the cardboard. Lids are great for this. Make sure the circles have the same diameter as the diameter you want for your pom-poms.
Using a smaller round object, draw a second circle inside the two circles.
Start by cutting out the two main circles. Thereafter, cut out the center bit of each of the circles.
Cut a long length of yarn and thread it onto your yarn needle. Make sure that the needle is in the middle of the yarn.
Put the two cardboard circles together. Then using the yarn needle, wrap the yarn around both circles (see illustration).
Continue to wrap the yarn until you have covered both cardboard circles completely. Take care to ensure that the center hole is completely filled.
Using a pair of scissors, snip along the edge of the circles and through all of the wrapped yarn. Make sure that you cut through all the strands of yarn.
Cut off another length of yarn. Slightly, pull the two cardboard circles apart. Insert the yarn tail between the two circles and tie it around the middle of the pom pom.
Wrap the yarn tail a few more times around the center of the pom pom. Tie the yarn off tightly. Make sure that you leave two long ends that you can use to attach the finished pom pom.
Carefully remove the two cardboard circles and fluff up the pom pom. Using a pair of scissors, trim the pom pom into shape. Keep turning the pom pom while trimming to ensure it does not end up lopsided.
Use the long yarn tail to attach the finished pom pom to your crochet project.
Now that you know how to make pom poms out of yarn, why not learn how to make tassels next? Check out our tassel making tutorial here: Tassel: How to Make a Tassel with Yarn