Did anyone see This Morning, well….this morning!!
Phil and Holly (don’t you just love them!!) were learning to make pom poms either using the old school method of cardboard circles or using a proper pom pom maker. I was really impressed by how quick and easy these were to use regardless of how complicated they look so if you fancy having a go I would definately recommend one (see link at the bottom of this page for my recommendation from Amazon).
However, seeing that this morning I wanted to go one step further and share a little knowledge: more specifically share my method of pom pom which takes about 2 minutes and uses nothing but your hand and a pair of scissors. This is the method I use to make the pom poms on my Rainbow Bobble Hat.
Suitably curious?? I should think so!
First of all you need the yarn of your choice and a sharp pair of scissors (1). Start wrapping the yarn around your hand taking care to keep hold of the end (2), keep going until you have a good amount of yarn wrapped around your hand (3). Cut the end and then also cut another length of yarn ready to tie around and make the pom pom – you only need about 50 cms.
Take the loose 50cm piece of yarn and push the end up underneath what’s wrapped around your hand along your palm until it comes out the top (4). You need to bring the end of the yarn through your middle fingers (5) and back down the otherside along the top of your hand underneath what is wrapped around it (6).
So essentially what you have is a 50cm piece of yarn that is fed through your fingers underneath everything you have wrapped around your hand with one end on each side.
Tie these ends together so that the 50cm piece of yarn is now wrapped around the bulk of yarn at a right angle (7). Now it’s time to slip the yarn off your hand – take your time so it keeps its shape. You should have something that looks like picture (8). Pull tight and tie in a knot (9). I usually make 2 or 3 knots at this stage to make sure it’s nice and tight.
Take the scissors and snip through all the loops (10). What you should be left with is a very scruffy looking pom pom (11), so what you need to do now is prune the edges to make them nice and neat (12) make sure you leave a tail on the 50cm piece of yarn so you have enough to sew it with – and there you have it: a lovely nice new pom pom in no time! Attach to hats, shoes, cushions, scarfs, clothes etc….the options are endless!!
It may look like a lot of steps but once you get the hang of threading the long piece of yarn under whats wrapped around your hand, through your fingers and back out again you’ll be making up pom poms in no time!!!
And if that doesn’t quite work for you? Well there’s always that pom pom maker afterall!!