Making Pom Poms with the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker
Pom poms, pom poms and more pom poms. They are everywhere this fall! Since you can find pom poms in so many places I wanted to be sure to show you how to make your own in a variety of different ways. This photo tutorial will show you how to use the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker to start making pom poms today.
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Making Pom Poms Tutorials:
So far on the blog we have showed you how to make pom poms using your hands in our package topper tutorial. You can also find how to use the Clover pom pom makers in the video tutorial on YouTube.
Today let me show you how to use the Susan Bates Pom Pom maker to make even more pom poms for your projects.
- Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker
- Sharp Sissors
- Scrap yarn
Making Pom Poms with the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker:
First you will need to gather the materials that are listed above. For this tutorial I am using some scraps of Super Saver Ombre and Red Heart Soft. Any weight and type of yarn will work.
Make sure to take the the pom pom makers out of the package, there are 4 different sizes included. In the package you will find a sheet that will give you some ideas on what to do with your pom poms. There are a bunch of cute animals to try making.
I have chosen to use the purple size. Select the size that you need for your project. I find that the smaller pom poms are easier to control and make but love the look of the big ones as well. In your package you will find two ‘C’ shaped pieces for each color. Each piece has two parts set together. You will have to take them apart. Putting one of the flat sides and one of the sides with bumps together you are ready to get started. The bumps put against the flat side will give you the space for cutting later.
Using your thumb you start off by holding the start of the yarn to the plastic ‘C’. Wrap your yarn around the tail a few times to hold it in place, then you won’t need to hold it anymore.
You will continue to wrap around the ‘C’ until you have it filled as much as you like. The more you wrap the fuller your pom pom will be. As you work you can fill up the inside arch but make sure you don’t overfill it. At the most it should be flush with the feet of the ‘C’. If you fill it too much you won’t be able to join the two halves together.
This is an example of how full I like to make my pom poms. You decide how you like yours.
Once you have finished filling the first half you can snip the yarn and do the same steps with the other half. Once you have both sides full you will need to put them together.
In order to put together the two halves you will need to put the feet of one half and slip it into the open space on the other piece. Sometimes it can be a little tricky, keep working them until they go together. My tip is to work on one side and then the other. It helps make it easier.
Now it is time to start making the fluff of the pom pom. In the well that was created by putting a flat side and bumpy side together use your sharp pointed scissors to cut along the ridge.
Continue to cut across both sides of the pom pom maker. Once you are finished cutting you will start to see the traditional pom pom shape.
Using another piece of yarn, of the same color as your pom pom, tie a square knot around the cut pieces in the well.
After securing your cut pieces with a knot you will then take apart the pom pom maker to release the pom pom.
You may need to trim the sides of the pom pom giving it a round shape.
In your pom pom maker kit from Susan Bates you will have four different sizes. Select the one that fits best with the project that you are working on. Try adding different colors together. Wrap with one color and then another on the other half and test out all of the variations you can come up with. Have fun making pom poms for your next project.
Linda Loftin says:
You can make 4 different size pom poms with the Susan Bates pom pom maker