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Basic Pom Pom Tutorial

October 17, 2009 /

Recently, I fell in love with making Pom-Pom. At first, I bought the Pom-pom Makerir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002P7M860 just for the purpose of making a Pom-Pom elastic band for the Pom-Pom Faux Mink Scarf I knitted for the giveaway. But I fell in love deeply with the maker tool after that.

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It is easy to make and fun, most importantly the possibility of coming up with various adorable things is unlimited and I started to crave making all kinds of things I could possibly think of. Hair barrettes, Pumpkin, Spider, Butterfly, Elmo, Cookies Monster, Shaun The Sheep, Snowman, etc…. the list never ends. These would be some great gift ideas for the upcoming Christmas.

Before I can show all those cutie things I can make, I would like to share with you the basics tutorial of making a Pom-Pom by using the Pom-pom Makerir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002P7M860 from Clover. Of course, other than using this maker, you can make a simple kit yourself by cutting a piece of round cardboard with a hole in the center. But I find that the Clover kit is easy to use and fast to make. I wonder if Clover will pay me for this product review, LOL!

Anyhow, if you need to do quite a lot of trimming in Pom-Pom and I have a tip on how to trim it fast to other shapes and sizes, watch out my next post for the tip.

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Basic Tutorial

Pom-Pom Making


This is the kit of 4 Pom-Pom makers. I bought the size of 35mm, 45mm, 65mm, and 85mm.


Open the arm of the pom-pom maker side-way, do the same to the other arm.


Wind a full load of yarns onto it. Distribute evenly throughout the arm.


Repeat the same on the other side by bringing the yarn over and wind. You don’t have to cut the yarn.


When the arms are fully wound, close back the arms to its original position.


Use a pair of sharp point scissors to cut the circumference.


Tie with a strand of yarn or a strong string which you can pull real hard to tighten the Pom-Pom.
Tip: I apply fabric glue in this area after taking the Pom Pom kit out to ensure the yarn won’t come out when you accidentally pull the Pom-Pom.


Open both arms and separate the Kit from the Pom-Pom you have made.


Not-so-round Pom-Pom waiting for its hair cut and trimming.


Trim it to your desired shape and size for your project, can be lightly trim or heavily trim. Be sure to fluff the Pom-Pom regularly when trimming so that all yarn is straightened out.
A little skill is needed if you plan for heavily trim, but I have a tip on how to do it fast and nice.


This is the lightly trim version of a round Pom Pom. You may trim more to get a firmer pom-pom with shorter hair.


See how many I can make in a short period of time! I did all these in 1 hour, including the trimming. Noticed the 2 orange small Pom-Poms, that are heavily trimmed version, they used to be in the size of the one next to them, but I trimmed them down to make a pair of hairpins for my daughter. It is from the leftover yarn of her bareback halter neck knitted top.

If you want to make a Pom-Pom elastic band like the first photo, just glue the elastic band onto the center of the Pom Pom. Make sure you wait until the fabric glue is tacky on both sides (about 5 to 10 minutes) before joining them together. Let it fully dry overnight before using it.

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This is the clover pom pom maker, what about the normal, cheap and cheerful ones? how do we use those please... no one is showing us how.

Joyce Raab

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Your website just created excitement within me. Makes me just want to try my hand at all your goodies. I will have to hurry, seeing as I will soon be 76. Keep up the great inspirations! Joyce

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These are so cute, I use a lot yarn & sometimes have some left over, this would be a great ideal, I downloaded the pattern.