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I am obsessed with pom poms!!
I will show you how to make the cutest pom pom mobile. What a great finishing touch in any nursery, kids room, or as a gift. As a Children’s wear designer I look at trends constantly. You can read all about my process here. A secret for finding trends is to check out what is going on in accessories. This will give you a gauge on what is trending in color, fabrics, themes etc. One of the biggest accessories that are on everything at the moment are pom poms.
So many possibilities to adding pom poms to anything you own. Some of the items that I will be adding pom poms to in the next few months are listed below:
- bottom of jeans
- tote bag
My latest quest was to make the cutest pom pom Mobile. I watched endless you tube videos on how to make these fluffy pom pom orbs. As I was trying out one method my husband, Brian walked past and said. “My mom used to make pom poms just like that! She would make them and add to all our hats.” I found this so endeering, the warm feeling that a pom pom can give to someone.
I tied a few methods, but In the end I found a technique that worked for me. I went to town and made a ton of pom poms in three different sizes. 2 inches, 2.5 inches and 3 inches. Below are templates that you can make to help you get started. for each size this is what I did:
- Cut a rectangular piece of cardboard in three sizes
- 3″ by 8″
- 2.5″x 7″
- 2″x 6″
- Cut a notch to hold starting thread and cut out center on opposite side to easily pull yarn together to tie at center.
- Made three sets of cardboard discs for trimming and shaping , also in 3″, 2.5″ and 2″ diameters.
How to make a pom pom
The 3″ pom poms I wrapped my yarn around my template 180 times. For the 2.5″ pom poms, 140 times and for my 2″ pom pom, 120 times. This made it so much easier, quicker and I was able to keep my pom poms uniform. This is what worked for me. Depending on your yarn thickness you may need to increase or decrease my amount. The more you wrap the denser your pom poms will be.
Once you are done, cut a length of yarn and tie at center of yarn ball. Using a technique called a surgeons knot. (The technique is looping multiple times at the half knot before finishing off your knot.) then flip ball of yarn over and repeat on other side. Pull as tight as possible at center to ensure yarn is secure. I did an extra step by then pulling my thread in opposite direction and repeating the knot process.
Once your ball is knotted, take a very sharp scissor and start cutting the loops. You will be left with a very uneven ball of yarn. This is when you take your two discs, for your specific size pom pom. One of the discs, make a hole at center and thread your yarn tail through. Then sandwich the other side and with a very sharp scissor cut away! Shake our your pom pom out onc, Second step to trimming is to then put pom pom on its side with the tail poking out and trim on side, at this point if you do not need the tails then you can trim here. Shake out your pom pom and you will have a beautiful shaped pom pom.
Steps to making the cutest pom pom Mobile
I went to Michaels where they had a big selection of yarns. I could spend hours in a store like Michael. Brian was with me and I don’t think he fully appreciated what I was looking at! This was overwhelming because I had to envision these non existent mobiles in my head. Lucky for me I can visualize well. In the end I decided on two color themes to make two mobiles for this post. My yarn selection below was solely based on color and not yarn size or texture. After making my pom poms I found that the thicker yarn ones had a different look then the thinner yarn ones, but still beautiful!
Next I used a 7″ embroidery hoop and wrapped my variegated yarn around to compliment the pom poms. Using tacky glue I dabbed the end to securely fasten. What I love about an embroidery hoop is that you can use both pieces. Displayed below is the inner hoop. The outer one I will use on my next mobile, however I will glue it together and remove the metal hardware before I wrap it.
Making the pom pom strings
Now to get down to stringing these evenly. I used the solid plum wine yarn as my yarn strings and cut around 23″ lengths. Before I got started I trimmed off all the string tails to my pom poms. I then threaded the 2.5″ pom pom then two 2″ pom poms with a yarn needle and set them all at the same distance. My top 2.5″ pom pom at around 2″ from hoop, then adding around a 4″ space after that. Once I threaded each pom pom I made a knot under each pom pom to secure its position.
Making the top of the pom pom mobile
For the top portion I took 2 lengths of yarn and doubled it. I then proceeded to tie each end by double wrapping and knotting at same point as each hanging pom pom yarn. This will leave you with four strings that have two loops at top. I then threaded my large 3″ pom pom looped my thread down and around the two top loops and rethreaded up into my 3″ pom pom. Knot at top to create a loop for hanging. I had two left over pom poms so I threaded them and attached to middle of my 3″ pom pom to create a center yarn with pom poms.
The beauty of these pom pom mobile, is that because they are handmade each one will differ. Depending on size, color, and amount of pom poms. The options are limitless. I will continue to make these, because I am seriously in love with pom poms and all the possibilities!
Supplies used for making my Pom Pom Mobiles
- Caron simply soft in plum wine
- yarn Laine Impeccable in Rose fog variegated
- Red heart Soft essentials- Slate blue
- Yarn Laine Charisma- cornflower
- 7″ embroidery hoop
- tacky glue
- very sharp scissor
- yarn needle