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Lesson: How to Make Pom Poms

Learn how to make the perfect pom...every time!

How to Make a Pom Pom

step one

Find both tails of your yarn skein (one on the inside, one on the outside), place both tails in a notch. Wrap yarn around the tool the number of times indicated on the pom pom revolution count guide. Leave a space below the wrapped yarn. When you’re done wrapping, place yarn in any notch to secure it, then cut yarn off the skein.

How to Make a Pom Pom

step two

Unwind roughly an arms-length of embroidery floss and thread it into the U-shaped space below the yarn. Wrap embroidery floss around the center of the wrapped yarn once and then a second time. Place on a flat surface so both ends of the embroidery floss are pointing upwards and perfectly centered on the yarn.

How to Make a Pom Pom

step three

Tie a surgeon’s knot with your embroidery floss to ensure tension when you pull tightly. A surgeon’s knot: loop one embroidery floss end around the other (like the first step of tying your shoes), wrap it around a second time the same way. Pull knot to the surface of your yarn but don’t pull tight yet!

How to Make a Pom Pom

step four

Carefully remove the yarn from your tool, then pull the knot as tight as possible without breaking the string. Use a spare finger to anchor the knot in place, secure with a single regular knot. (Again: like the first step of tying your shoes!) You now have a “pom pom pancake!”

How to Make a Pom Pom

step five

To ensure it’s tied tightly, bring strings to other side & tie again. Spread the loops of the pom pancake, bring both strings around to the other flat side, tie a surgeon’s knot as tightly as possible followed by regular knot. Trim excess floss close to knot. (Keep floss hanging long if you'd like to tie/sew your pom on.)

How to Make a Pom Pom

step six

Trim open all the loops of your pom pom pancake, keeping the pom pom flat as you do. Pull up on the loops for an even cut. Be sure to cut all loops including the ones on the interior of your pom pom pancake!

How to Make a Pom Pom

step seven

Place trim guide in the center of your pom pom pancake, press down and trim, cutting along the edge of your trim guide and turning your pom pom as you go. Bring trim guide to the back and trim again. Fluff pom with your fingers - it should be a football shape. Place trim guide in the center once more, press down & trim again.

How to Make a Pom Pom

step eight

Gently fluff out your pom pom by rolling it around gently in your hands and trim off any remaining stragglers until you have a beautiful round pom!

How to Make a Pom Pom

step nine

Your pom is now ready to be attached to anything you please!! Learn how to securely attach pom poms a number of different ways in our lesson How to Attach Pom Poms & Tassels!


pom pom revolutions

NOTE: These revolution counts are with one 3-ply strand of Omegacryl. Divide count by 2 if using two tails to wrap.

2.5": 250 revolutions

2.25": 210 revolutions

2": 180 revolutions

1.75": 150 revolutions

1.5": 120 revolutions

1.25": 100 revolutions

1": 80 revolutions

.75": 60 revolutions


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