How to Make Pom-Poms Easily

Learn how to make Pom-Poms easily. Having a big fluffy and poofy ball of yarn on top of a handmade hat is just the right amount of fluff to make the hat complete.

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large pom-pom
large pom-pom

Using a pom-pom maker is the best tool to use in creating the perfect fluffy round ball of yarn.

This is what the gadget looks like. In the photo below, you will notice that there are three different sizes. Get your own set here.

Pom-Pom Maker closed and open
Pom-Pom Maker closed and open

I have made a large one and small one for you.

small and large pom-pom
small and large pom-pom

Learn How to Make Pom-Poms Easily

Use the Right Tools for the Job

While you can achieve beautiful looking pom-poms using cut out cardboard, it is by far, much easier to use a this tool. You don’t have to cut the cardboard, do any measuring, and it does not slip all over when you are trying to wind the yarn and hold it together.

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Directions: How to Make a Pom-Pom

Begin by opening both halves of the pom-pom maker. Make sure to keep both arms together on each side. Holding the end of the yarn in place, start wrapping the yarn around both arms on one half.

Starting the yarn on Pom-Pom maker
Starting the yarn on Pom-Pom maker

Continue wrapping yarn

Wrap the yarn around the one side until there are quite a few layers of the yarn. Hint: the more layers you wrap around the thicker, fuller, and fluffier the pom-pom will be. I wrap each side until I can just get the side closed. When you think there is enough yarn on the side, close that side of the pom-pom maker and cut the piece of yarn off from the skein of yarn.

yarn wound around one side and closed
yarn wound around one side and closed

Complete Other Side

Now wind the yarn on the other half just like the first side. Then close that side too.

both sides complete with yarn
both sides complete with yarn

Hinged Versus Open Side Hint

If you look at the photo above, you will see that there is a hinged and open side. When I start cutting, I found that it is easier to start the cutting on the hinged side.

Cutting the Yarn

Make sure that you are using a very sharp scissors. This will provide for the cleanest lines and even yarn lengths during the cutting process. Cut the yarn between the arms of the Pom-Pom Maker and continue cutting both sides until all the yarn is cut and the center is visible.

Cutting the yarn
Cutting the yarn

Securing the Yarn

Thread a piece of yarn through the arms. On the right, you can see the small opening between where the yarn has been cut. That is where you insert the yarn around the whole unit and tie the yarn. When you make the first part of the knot, pull the yarn until it is through the center. Then complete the knot. I like to make a square knot (left side over right, pull. right side over left, pull) that ensures a snug tie. I like to bring the yarn to the other side and make another snug-fitting knot.

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Cutting the yarn
Cutting the yarn

Opening to Reveal the Cute Ball of Yarn

You have just completed making your first pom-pom. It is now time to open the arms and pull the two halves off of the pom-pom. There may be a piece of yarn or two that need a bit of trimming.

Pulling the Pom-pom maker apart
Pulling the Pom-pom maker apart

Use various yarns for different looks. Here is the large size pom-pom that I made.

large pom-pom
large pom-pom

Adding the pom-pom to a Crochet Hat

My daughter wants one on the hat I recently crocheted for her.

Pom-Pom and crochet hat
Pom-Pom and crochet hat

Pull the long yarn pieces through the top of the hat.

Pull yarn pieces through the hat
Pull yarn pieces through the hat

Tie the yarn pieces together.

Tie yarn pieces together
Tie yarn pieces together

Weave in Ends.

Weave in ends
Weave in ends

Pom-Pom on Crochet Hat

Pom-Pom on Crochet Hat
Pom-Pom on Crochet Hat

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If you would like to crochet the hat, here is that free crochet pattern.

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