Making a chunky stripy pompom {Tutorial}

Monday, 29 July 2013

I am sure there are many ways to make pompoms and even devices to help out... But I use the method I was taught at summer camp when I was 12. You only need cardboard. The two things I have changed are: the thickness of the pompoms, and the layering of colours. 

To assess the size of the pompom, I measure the beanie hat and the diameter of the pompom is usually a third of that height (if I want the pompom to make an impact). 

The pictures are self-explanatory... 

Clearly no need to go for perfect cutting -
leave a big inner circle
  to make a thick pompom

Layer your different colours - and wind the wool around the rings
until they are full of wool

Cut the wool - still tricky after many years of
making pompoms (you can see the layering of the different shades)

Pass a length of wool between the two cardboard rings

Trim the pompom so it is spheric
They really ads interest to a beanie hat and they are fun (and easy) to make - a win win!


  1. I have made a few of those! They are fun!

  2. That's exactly how I was taught to make a pompom when I was about 10!

  3. I remember making these at school a thousand years ago. :) I thought it was so much fun that I made them out of all kinds of yarn and used to decorate dolls' clothes and my own accessories. :)

  4. Well who would have thought--cardboard! I have the gadget. Great idea about two colours

  5. The old school way! I remember making pom poms for the first time at a church camp back in the day. I thought it was so cool and such fun. I don't have to make pom poms often but when I do, I often debate on whether or not to buy one of those Clover pom pom makers.

  6. I love the way you trimmed it.... Very neat!