Looking for something that will bring some fun and flair to your next knitting or crochet project? Pom poms add an extra touch of fun, coziness, and personality to any project, whether it be a knit hat, scarf, blanket, a carry bag, or a pillowcase! Making pom poms is also a really great way to use up all of that extra scrap yarn you have lying around in your yarn stash.
We'll show you how to make pom poms using 2 different pom pom making tools that are available at Darn Good Yarn. These tools make it quick and easy for you to craft up fluffy pom poms of all different sizes!
1. How to Make Pom Poms With a Loome Tool
Tools & Materials Needed:
- Recycled Silk Roving Worsted Weight Yarn
- 12-18” Sport Weight Yarn (We used our 2-Ply Linen)
- A Loome Pom Pom Maker
- Sharp scissors
Wrap the worsted weight yarn around the U-shaped edge of the Loome pom pom maker approximately 120 times. The more times that you choose to wrap your yarn around the loome, the larger your pom pom will be.
Take the sport weight yarn and wrap it around the center of the wrapped worsted weight yarn. Tie a tight double knot, this should create an indent in the center of the ball.
Remove the ball of yarn from the Loome and cut down the center of one of the looped sections of yarn. Repeat on the other side. You will be left with a shaggy looking ball.
While holding onto the sport weight yarn, begin to trim the pom pom until the ends are all even and pom pom is smooth.
Cut the yarn that you used to tie your roving weight yarn together below the edge of the pom pom. This will help hide the yarn that is tying it together.
Lightly shake the pom pom to remove any remaining pieces of yarn.
Provided by: Emily McCarthy of With Love From Maine
2. How to Make Pom Poms With a Round Tool
Tools & Materials Needed:
What You'll Need
- Yarn of your choice (we used our Darn Good Twist Sport Weight Silk Yarn)
- Round Pom Pom Maker
- Fabric Scissors
- Scrap Bucket (optional)
Wrap your yarn around one arm of the round tool.
When you are satisfied with the amount of yarn on the first arm, cut the strand of yarn and close the first side of the pom pom maker.
Flip the pom-pom maker 180 degrees and open the other arm. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create the second half of your pom pom. Remember that the more times you wrap yarn around each of the arms, the thicker your resulting pom poms will be! Keep in mind that large pom poms can be made with a larger round tool.
When both arms of the pom pom maker have been fully wrapped with your yarn, close both arms of the tool. Take scissors and begin to cut length-wise along each arm of the pom pom maker.
Once the yarn wrapped around both arms of the pom pom maker has been cut in half length-wise, cut yourself a 10-12 inch strand of yarn. Take this 10-12 inch strand and wrap it around the pom-pom maker length-wise, along the same plane that you had cut the wrapped yarn. Tie off this string and tighten it in the pom pom maker.
Once tied, you can remove the two halves of the pom pom maker to reveal your newly made pom pom! Be sure to fluff the yarn, as it has been laying flat inside the pom pom maker, and trim. To make a garland, simply repeat Steps 1-5, and then tie them onto a long strand of yarn!
Provided by: Julia Galotti of JEGCrafts
Try adding your brand new pom pom's to our Classic Double Brim Hat, as small fringe on this Raspberry Dreams Baby Blanket, and as an accessory to our Violet Summer Tote!