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Products We Love: Clover Pom Pom Maker from Fabric Depot

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Fluffy poms are great for any number of projects. We've used them to add extra whimsy to an already fun project, as well as to juxtapose a bit of casualness against the elegance of fine cotton or velvet - kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo. A little bit of levity can add just the right touch. Whether you need one great pom or dozens, a Clover Pom-Pom Maker simplifies the task, and each one will be as perfectly puffy as the next. Fabric Depot carries a full selection of Clover Pom-Pom makers and provided them for our tutorial. Find some yarn and get ready to get fluffy.

Can you make pom poms with cardboard? Of course you can, but we prefer to use these pom makers because they allow more symmetry and make faster work of the process. They're also very cost effective, especially since most of them come as a set of two tools in different sizes. 

Fabric Depot has the complete range of sizes

Extra Large - one tool that makes a 4½" pom

Large - two tools: one for a 2½" pom and one for a 3⅜" pom

Small - two tools: one for a 1⅜" pom and one for a 1⅝" pom

Extra Small - two tools: one for a ¾" pom and one for a 1" pom

This Extra Small option is great for those times when you can't find pom pom trim in the right color match... find a perfect yarn match and make your own!

There are also two sizes of cute Clover Heart Shaped pom makers. We didn't test these in the studio, but the steps would be similar. There's a Large 2¾" Heart and a Small 2" Heart.

Our demonstration pom is done in a simple white yarn, and solid color poms are the most common. However, it's easy to make multi-color poms. Use just a few strands of coordinating colors, or go wild with half and half poms and other fun combinations. We show you some basic steps below for a simple multi-color pom and a variegated pom.

And if you do decide to go pom crazy, you can learn to create super intricate designs within your poms, like flowers or stripes, as well as specialty shapes beyond the hearts mentioned above. Tutorials are available online, and we have a favorite book that shows a wonderful range of unique styles: Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms.

All sizes of Clover Pom Pom Makers are available now online at Fabric Depot. Remember, deep discount sites never offer the sales and customer support you get with a online expert. We encourage you to shop and support the sites that make a difference. Fabric Depot is proud to invest in information and education to insure you have the best sewing experience possible. 

We worked with the Large pom pom maker, using the smaller of the two tools, for our pom pom demonstration below. 

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One thing to keep in mind is that the thickness of the yarn used makes ALL the difference in the overall finished size. The thicker the yarn, the fluffier and larger the finished poms. 

Because of this thickness issue, there really isn't a way to know exactly how long a piece of yarn to start with; there are simply too many variables in the different types of yarn. We can tell you we started with about seven yards of a standard cotton/poly yarn, doubling it for our wrap, and were very happy with the fluffiness of the results. We would recommend getting enough yarn to test one or two poms so you can make sure your chosen skein(s) is going to give you the finished look you want.

  1. Open up the arms of the tool and align them on either side.
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  2. You can wrap using just a single strand of yard, but in the interest of time, it's faster and easier to double or even triple the strand. We used a double strand. Place the raw ends of your strand on the inside of the arc of the arms. Hold the ends in place with your thumb.
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  3. Start wrapping the yarn around the arms, catching the raw ends with your first couple wraps. Once caught, you can release your thumb. 
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  4. Wrap to the opposite end of the arc, keeping your yarn flat and even. It doesn't have to wrap super tight, just nicely snug. Go back and forth along the arc until you've used up your yarn. Hold the end of the yarn in place and close the arms.
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    NOTE: Because we doubled our yarn, the end was a loop. In this sample, that loop ended up to the inside edge of the arc, so it was hidden when we closed the tool. However, don't be worried if your loop (or single end) ends up on top. In fact, that's exactly what happened on our second side, and it's totally fine. Any straggling ends or loops can be trimmed when you're done.
  5. Open the opposite pair of arms, wrap another strand of yarn in the same manner, then close that side when done.
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  6. Holding the tool securely closed with one hand, use a pair of sharp scissors with longish blades to cut the yarn. Simply slide the tip of the scissors in between the arms and clip, running the blades up and over the arc. This takes a little bit strength because your working the tips of the scissors; just keep your pressure slow and even.
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  7. Do one side, then the opposite side, holding the tool securely closed the entire time.
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  8. While the pom is still in the tool, trim any obviously long yarn tails.
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  9. Measure another length of yarn to tie off the pom and create its hanger. Again, the length will depend on your project and how you want to finish the pom's hanger. For example, you might want a very dangly pom-pom for which you could use a tie/hanger of up to 1½ yards. For other projects, the poms may need to be sewn with no hanger showing at all. For these, the yarn for the tie/hanger need be only about 20". Err on the side of extra length; you can always trim off the excess later. A heavy thread would also work for this step.
  10. Slip the length of yarn in between the two discs of the tool and tie a simple knot. Secure with a second knot, pulling it nice and tight.
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  11. Carefully open one set of arms and then the other.
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  12. Gently pull apart the tool to release the finished pom.
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  13. Trim up any remaining straggling ends or loops.
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  14. Place your pretty pom-poms in plenty of prominent places.
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Multi Color Poms

  1. To make a simple multi-color pom, start with 2-6 strands of yarn, each in a different color. The number of strands/colors you can use will depend on: 1) personal preference, 2) which size of Clover Pom Pom Maker you are using, and 3) how fluffy you want your finished pom. For our 4½" sample, with used the Extra Large Clover Pom Pom Maker with three strands of yarn.
  2. Wrap all the strands at once, first filling one side and then the other. 
  3. You want a nice full wrap to get the best variety of colors. 
  4. Cut each side free.
  5. Tie and pop out the pom.
  6. For a variegated look, the idea is to wrap each color as a layer. We used the Large Clover Pom Pom Maker for this sample in the 2½" option. We started with a layer of white, then added gray.
  7. Wrap each color layer fully from side to side.
  8. We then added a final layer of pink.
  9. Wrap the second half to exactly match the first half. 
  10. Cut the yarn loops through the center.
  11. Tie around to secure.
  12. Pop out another pretty pom. 

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Comments (10)

Milly said:
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Love the Clover Pom Pom maker but once made if you tug lightly the strands fall out . . Any ideas how to stop this ? Thanks

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Milly - We have not ever run into that trouble. Perhaps try tying the final center loop even tighter. You could also even use a different type of material to tie through the center to get a tighter cinch (just remember that it will be come your hanging loop if using the pom to hang), such as a fishing line. 

Patti Jones said:
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Thanks for the visual tutorial.  I tried following the written instructions that came with the pompom makers, but was unhappy with the results. I'm going to go back and know I'm doing them right this time. Thanks so much.

Kris Valle said:
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I'm so happy to see this, I just bought one two weeks ago and can't wait to try some out. I love seeing the verigated look that can be made -THANKS

gogail91@gmail.com said:
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I have one and love it but I have no idea what I can place the pot poms on. Suggestions would be great.

Kris Valle said:
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I have seen a project - I can't remember where I saw it - maybe a magazine, but I saw a project of a white fabric pillow, maybe a cotton, about 18 inches square, with white  Pom-poms around the outside edges spaced about 1.5 inches apart, and attached about an inch from the edges of the pillow all around - it was really very pretty.

Teaberry said:
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I used a couple of these to make white pom poms to decorate a small tree branch that was placed in a sturdy vase as part of our indoor holiday decorations.  It was pretty and different looking.  

SallyM said:
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I purchased the pom pom makers last year aftre reading the article about the Noel Christmas decorations.  They work really wonderful and were well worth their cost - which was less than $10 a package for two different sizes.  If you're thinking of getting these - do it.  You'll have so much fun making pom poms you'll start to wonder what you can put them on.  

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