DIY Pom-Poms Tutorial

 Today, I want to share with you how to make fluffy pom-poms. Usually, you see these on the tops of hats and on other accessories, or even as decoration. These little baubles are so quick and easy to make that anyone can whip one up to give their knitted/crocheted hat a fun and quirky look. Or, you can also use these as decorations on their own around the house or for other crafty projects.

Whatever you decide to do with them, you’ll love making these pom-poms.

DIY Pompoms

DIY Pom-Poms

What You’ll Need:

  • Yarn (to get a really full pom-pom, you’ll need a lot, so start with a full ball if you can)
  • A 3″ embroidery hoop for medium sized pom-poms, or a 5″ one for larger ones
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery thread (optional)


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1. Start off by removing the center of your embroidery hoop; this will serve as the template. The inside of the circle is roughly the size that your finished pom-pom will be, so choose a hoop that works best for your project. You can also make pom-poms using cardboard templates, but these hoops are sturdier and won’t wobble and bend as you wrap your yarn around them. Plus, they only cost $2 at any craft  store, so I do think it’s simpler to just buy the hoops rather than struggle to cut out cardboard templates that won’t hold up for too long.

2. Next, start wrapping your yarn around the hoop. The more you wrap, the fuller and fluffier the pom-pom will be. If you plan on making very large pom-poms, you may want to reinforce the center by tying with upholstery thread between every 15-20 wraps of the yarn. Just tie the thread tightly around the center of the wrapped yarn to hold the yarn in place. I chose not to for this one simply because I was making a small pom-pom and it didn’t need it.

3. Once you’ve finished wrapping and the pom-pom seems as thick you want it, cut the yarn and then cut another length of yarn to tie around the center. Tie this tightly, making knots in the front and back to keep the center secure. If you used the upholstery thread, this will hide the thread as well.

4. Now, with a sharp pair of scissors, cut the yarn around the hoop. You might have trouble at first, but I found that spreading the yarn out around the hoop helps cut it more easily. However, after you cut one side from the hoop, you can cut the other side more easily.

Fixing the Shape

5. After cutting the pom-pom off the hoop, you’ll notice that it looks a little lopsided or uneven in some places. Don’t worry, though, it’s an easy fix. Hold the pom-pom in the palm of your hand and trim off any of the parts that stick out too much. Trim sparingly so that you don’t lose too much length, but just work your way around, evening out the pom-pom.

And you are done! To attach this to a hat or other item, thread a needle with matching yarn or thread, and bring the needle through the center of the pom-pom to sew it on. You can also make these with multiple yarn colors for a multi-colored pom-pom or use fashion yarn to get different effects. The blue one below is one I made with a feathery yarn, and it turned out fluffier than the others. The purple one isn’t as full as the others and I used a thicker yarn so the strands stand out more.

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick little tutorial and that you try to make these yourself! Let me know how it goes in the comments below and what you would use these pom-poms for. Also, for two free crochet hat patterns (along with 13 other patterns, videos, and tutorials!), subscribe to download my free ebook, The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet. I think you’ll really like it. Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you soon!


  • This is perfect for a nursery banner I want to make. Thanks for sharing at the party!

    • I’m glad you like it! Making a nursery banner would be such a cute way to use these pom poms.

  • Jen V

    What a fun idea! I have made them with cardboard before, but never thought of using an embroidery hoop. I love that you can make different sizes by using different sizes of hoops.

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  • I know, right!

  • So that's how you make them! I never knew it was that easy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Such a cute idea! 🙂 how fun!

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  • It seems so easy!! I think we'll give it a try!
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  • Sarah

    Wow I never knew making pompoms was that easy! They look adorable and fun 😀 Thanks for sharing!