After receiving my pom-pom maker in the mail last week, I soon realized that I had no clue how to use it. The directions included with the tool weren’t very clear either. After a few trials and error, I finally figured out how to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker. So here I am today to share with you how I finally learned to make a pom-pom.
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker
You’ll need a scan of yarn, scissors and your pom-pom maker for this tutorial. I’ve taken pictures of each step to help visualize the process.
The first step to making a pom-pom is getting to know the maker. It has 4 moving pieces, 2 on the top and two on the bottom. You can open them both out, once the pieces are open you’ll see that there is a center silver peg. Take the maker in both hands and pull at the center it should come apart. Don’t worry you didn’t break it, it’s supposed to come apart. Now that you know the pieces of your maker lets start making our first pom-pom.
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker – Steps 1 – 4
Step 1 – Pull up the top two pieces. Begin wrapping the yarn at the edge that is connected to the maker. Wrap the yarn snuggly and closely together around both pieces that you pulled up. See image below for a visual of the process. Continue wrapping the yarn until you get the end, then go back the other way. I did 3 rows of yarn.
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker – Step 2
Once you’ve completed the top/upper pieces it’s time to wrap the bottom/lower pieces. Repeat the exact same process you did for the upper pieces. Make sure that you wrap the yarn snuggly and closely together. This will make your pom-pom look neat and tidy when completed.
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker – Step 3
Now it’s time cut the yarn in the center on the top portion, then repeat for the bottom portion. Be sure to hold the pom-pom maker tightly in your hand and keep the pieces pressed down while cutting.
Using your scissors cut straight up the center, you’ll notice a little groove once you make the first couple of cuts. This makes a great guide and helps to get the scissors down deep enough to cut through all the yarn. See image below for a visual of the process. Do this for both the upper and lower sides.
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker – Step 4
After you’ve cut the yarn pieces you’ll need to secure them together. Again hold the pom-pom maker securely in your hand, keeping the upper/lower pieces tightly against the maker. Take a piece of yarn long enough to wrap around maker at the center groove that we talked about in step 3.
Pull the yarn tightly it will disappear under the groove, once you’ve gotten it as tight as you can get it without breaking the yarn, tie a knot to hold it all together. See image above for a visual.
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker – Step 5
It’s time to reveal your pom-pom. Pull the upper pieces up/out and then do the same to the lower pieces. Remember how you took the pom-pom maker apart at the center earlier? Well, that’s what you’re going to do now. Grab the pom-pom maker at the center and pull gently out.
Take the pom-pom by the piece of yarn you secured it all together with, and gently shake it. This will help shape it and fluff it up a bit. Isn’t it super-duper cute?
How to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker – closing thoughts
I hope you found the tutorial on how to make a pom-pom using a pom-pom maker useful. It may take a couple of practice pom-pom to get the hang of it.
After you’ve made a few of your own you’ll probably come up with your own tricks and techniques. I invite you back to share them with me, I am always open to new and easier ways of doing things.
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