How to make Pom Poms for your knitting projects
In case you’re new around here, I’ll let you in on a not so secret secret. I absolutely love Pom Poms!! Which is why today I’m sharing a Pom Pom tutorial so you can make your own! Making pom poms and cute crafts that are constructed from them is one of my favorite activities. I would like to start doing more pom pom crafts and sharing those tutorials with you. What do you think?
Pom Poms can be great or small. They are best known for adorning all manner of hats and scarves. But you can also make cute toys, you can embellish t-shirts with them, and use them in yarn bombing. That’s something I want to do; make some fun yarn bombs around town that are constructed from Pom Poms. I need to find a friend in my town who wants to play along. Covert activities are way more fun when shared.
Grumpy people need pom pom Tutorials most of all!
I never met anyone who didn’t instantly smile when seeing a big ole basket full of Pom Poms! If there are people who can resist them, I don’t think I want to know them. Anybody that grumpy is just not a person I would care to spend time with. Although…….maybe they would be less grumpy if they spent a day making Pom Poms!! It’s kind of hard to hold onto an unhappy mood when faced with a pile of bright colors of yarn! Handling all that soft texture and seeing your very own pom creations come to life will cheer up the grumpiest grumpy pants on the planet.
Maybe we need to call a summit of the world leaders and have everybody hang out for a weekend eating chocolate and sipping herbal tea while making pom pom crafts? Hmmmmm. Sounds way nicer and less scary than the other shenanigans we see on the news every night. I’m all for it!
Pom Poms can be all different sizes! They can be super jumbo like in the pictures above and below. I call that one my “cat toy” pom pom. I have the girls who model my cat hats play with it, and it makes a really fun prop. I made it from that incredible super duper jumbo yarn that I knitted my Super Scarf from. I don’t know if you can find it anymore, but if you can GRAB IT!! It’s so much fun to knit, and looks great in projects. I shared a free pattern for a scarf made from that yarn, and showed a lap blanket I made in a Podcast episode. So the yarn has as much to do with your pom pom as the size or the way you make it.
I use Clover Pom Pom makers for all of my Pom Poms. They are inexpensive and will last forever if you take care of them. The best part is that I can make my Pom Poms quickly and have consistency. I like my projects to be consistent and neat.
You can knit the simplest project in the world, but if you are neat in your tension and finish, the project will look like a million bucks. Same goes with Pom Poms.
The 3 Poms pictures above were all made using different sizes of Pom Pom Makers. I used the smallest to the Super Jumbo sizes. The yarn in the middle is 100% roving wool and the other two are acrylic yarns. The yarn selection will determine what the Pom looks like just like the choice of yarn impacts your knitting or crochet project.
I like to wrap the Pom Pom makers very tight with yarn. Personally, I do not like a skimpy little Pom Pom. I like them big and fat and luxurious. Pom Poms are usually an accent piece so they should be divine.
If all eyes were on you, wouldn’t you want to feel divine?
Pom Poms are no different!
Here’s the video Pom Pom tutorial I promised you!
I wondered for the longest time how to make them. When I figured it out, finally, I made them just like everybody else. For years. And then I got tired of my Pom Poms coming apart or shedding yarn pieces. It was frustrating. Or breaking yarn when trying to secure the pom in the maker. Then I discovered a different way to secure them. And I’ve never done it any differently since. You’ll have to watch my video if you want to learn the secret! But don’t worry because I’m sharing it with you right here!
It’s such a simple thing, but it makes a huge difference! I hope you will try it out!
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