How to Make a Pom-Pom

Published December 6, 2015 by estherknit

PomPom13A pom-pom (also spelt pom-pon) is a loose, fluffy, decorative ball or tuft of fibrous material. Pom-pons may come in many colours, sizes, and varieties. Pom-pons are shaken by cheerleaders and sports fans during spectator sports. Pom-pon is derived from the French word pompon, which refers to a small decorative ball made of fabric or feathers.

How to make Pom-Poms

Decide the size of the pom-pom you want.  You can use a pom-pom maker.

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However, if you don’t have a pom-pom maker, then you can make your own. Cut two circles of card. The diameter should be slightly larger than the size of the finished pom-pom.  Cut a smaller hole in the centre of each circle about half the size of the original diameter. The larger this hole, the firmer the pom-pom will be.

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Hold the two circles together and wind the yarn around the ring using several strands at a time until the ring is completely covered.

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As the hole in the centre gets smaller, use a sewing needle to pass the yarn through the hole.

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When finished, cut all around the yarn at the outside edge, between the two circles.  Make sure all the yarn has been cut.  Separate the two circles about 1 inch, but be careful – do not remove the circles yet. Now, wrap a length of yarn around the middle and tie firmly in a knot, leaving sufficient length for sewing the pom-pom in place.

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Pull off the two circles carefully.  Use this length of yarn to create a circle for hanging up or attaching to your hat.  Trim the pom-pom.

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