The art of pom-pom making is simple – funnily enough the word pom-pom is derived from the French word pompon which references a small decorative ball made from feathers, fabric, paper or wool.
A pom-pom can be the cherry on the cake for a simple hat, you could use pom-poms to make a contemporary Christmas wreath or garland with a yarn colour of your choice. A pom-pom also makes a fabulous finish to a wrapped gift.
I am currently elbow deep in pom-pom production, making a rug for my daughter’s bedroom – managing to produce around 5 pom-poms per hour. Here is a picture of my work in progress… and I have to say that I am very pleased with it so far:
How to make a pom-pom?
It’s so simple! If you feel strongly about having a regimented pompom size, then you can use a classic cardboard design – I’m a bit more slap dash with my approach and wrap the wool around my hand for large and three fingers for the smaller pompom.
So here goes my step by step guide …
Start by taking your yarn wrapping it around your three fingers but leaving a tail between your middle and ring finger:
Wrap the yarn around your fingers between 40-45 times or until you achieve desired thickness.
Then cut the yarn leaving a tail of around 30cm (so that you have enough to secure the bundle) – then feed the tail you have just cut over the top and through the middle of the bundle creating a loop at the other end that you can feed the tail through to create a knot to secure one side of the bundle. Repeat the same on the other side.
The final steps are to wrap the yarn around the middle of the bundle, tying the two ends together and secure with a knot.
Cut through the middle of the loops on both sides of the bundle – fluff the ball and trim to size.