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How To Make a Pom Pom For a Hat

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
In this quickie tutorial, I’m going to share how to make a pom pom for a hat and how to easily attach it.

Don’t let the “hat” in the title stop you from making pom poms for other uses though–pom poms make everything better! (Like wreaths and rugs!)

The potential of pom poms is actually the reason that I won’t get rid of any yarn in my stash. Not even the little straggly pieces that have really have no hope of ever being knit or crocheted into anything. They could become fluffy little balls someday and thus, they remain safely strewn about tucked away in my craft room.

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

POM POM SUPPLIES

• yarn
• a piece of cardboard (Toilet paper tubes work well!)
• scissors

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

INSTRUCTIONS

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

1. Cut a piece of cardboard that is approximately half the width you’d like your pom pom to be. The wider the cardboard, the longer each strand of your pom pom will be. Lie a 8-ish” piece of yarn parallel to your cardboard. This will become your pom pom’s “belt.”

2. Wrap your yarn and cardboard will yarn as pictured. Don’t hold back here. Wrapping too little will result in a wilted-looking pom pom. If your cardboard is bigger, you’ll also need to wrap more times to give your pom pom enough poofy-ness.

3. Continue to wrap until you’ve loaded up your cardboard with a good snuggle of yarn.

4. Use the short “belt” piece of yarn to tie a tight knot around all of the wrapped yarn. Really synch it down as tightly as you can.

5. Flip your cardboard over and cut through the middle of all the pieces of wrapped yarn. Keep your pom pom laying flat and wrap the middle “belt” yarn back around the pom pom and tie it as tightly as possible one more time.

6. Fluff your pom pom and trim all the pieces of yarn to the same length.

HOW TO ATTACH A POM POM TO A HAT

1. Using a tapestry needle and a piece of yarn that’s the same color as your hat, pull your needle underneath the “belt” of the pom pom.

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com2. Pull the needle through one or two stitches of the crocheted “fabric” of your hat.

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.com3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 so that your yarn in wrapped through your pom pom and your hat twice. Pull the yarn together and tie it in a few knots.

Simple step by step tutorial that shows you how to make a pom pom and attach it to a hat. | MakeAndDoCrew.comNow if you’d like to test out your pom pom making skills, check out these tutorials where you can put them to good use:

Free crochet elf hat pattern with ears! Make one for each member of the family. Perfect Christmas photo prop idea. Free pattern sizes include 0-3 months (newboarn), 3-6 months (baby), 6-12 months, toddler/preschooler, child and adult. Click to see full pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.comCrochet Elf Hat Pattern (With Ears!)

DIY Christmas wreaths are the best! The idea for this DIY Christmas wreath was inspired by a Pottery Barn wreath that costs $129! The DIY version takes less than an hour and is made using a wooden wreath form, DIY pom poms and some jingle bells. Click to view the full step-by-step tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comChristmas Pom Pom Wreath

How to make a pom pom rug! This soft, scrumptiously squishy DIY pom pom rug takes very few skills to create and is a great way to use up a bunch of scrap yarn! Click for full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comHow To Make a Pom Pom Rug

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10 Comments

  • Amy
    October 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, someone recently asked me to make one and though I’ve been crocheting for almost 4 years..i think. I enjoy a good easy project and it was lots of fun, I made mine with stripes of mint, white and purple. BTW I really like those scissors in the picture, I’m shopping for some new scissors!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Those colors sound lovely! Did you find any new scissors? They’re one of my favorite things to shop for. (Besides yarn, of course. 😉

      Reply
      • Amy
        November 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        Haven’t found any yet, I plan on finding some this Friday though! Thank you for replying to my comment. 🙂 I love yarn shopping even if I can’t buy any 🙁

        Reply
  • jan
    November 15, 2016 at 8:44 am

    i love love the rug. went straight out and bought pompom makers….easier for me…..and went to work. i am learning quickly which yarn NOT to use. i have more fuzzy bits all over the couch, chair, rug my blankets and my dog than i do in the pompom. i do have a question. does the ‘lumpy’ feel disappear when all is done? should i be making less dense poms?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 19, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Ha–yes, the fuzz. That happened to me too a bit, but it generally stopped shedding by the time I finished the rug. I walked on my rug today to see if I could answer your question about the lumps. Mine def has lumps in it, but they’re nothing I’d consider annoying. I find that they become far less noticeable once there are a lot of pom poms snuggled together on the rug.

      Reply
  • michelle
    August 1, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I need some help with attaching the pom poms to the matt, I apparently am not doing it right or have the wrong type matt.
    Where can I get help from?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      I can try to help you! What seems to be going wrong? I just tied them into the mat grid with the longer piece of yarn that I used to tie around the pom pom when it was created. Then I tied several knots to secure it to the mat. Does that make sense?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Angie reynolds
    August 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Where can I buy the rug mat? I’ve got a boat load of yarn and that pin pin rug is just perfect.

    Reply

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