Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

I really didn’t know whether I would make more pompoms when I tried the flowers, but since I made the animals I suddenly have so many ideas and now can’t wait to make more pompoms! All my to-do lists have floated out of the window. I seem to have been bitten by a pompom bug (pompom bug! Hey that’s another idea).

I wanted to try ABC pompoms because, then I have an excuse to make 26 pompoms! I just completed all 26 letters for the 3D alphabet templates which was a bit time-consuming so I came to my senses and tried a few letters only. Well, about fourteen.
I’ll try to explain the principal as much as I can, although I can’t explain every single letter I’m hoping you can try some and improvise.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

As with the previous tutorials, you wrap yarns in layers to reveal symmetrical designs. This is fine for all the symmetrical letters. For non-symmetrical ones like F, S etc, I came up with a new way using two different halves.

What you need

Drawn letters for reference, pompom maker (I’m still using the cardboard ones I made for the flower pompoms. They look very poor and unpresentable now.), fabric scissors, colorful yarns

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Start by drawing a letter and draw a line through the middle so it’s symmetrical on both sides. Turn letters like C,D, E etc by 90 degrees, or for L by 45 degrees for this symmetry as you see in my crappy drawings above.

Alphabet pompoms are a bit trickier than the animals ones. If you haven’t made pompoms before, start with the flowers and animals then move on to the letters.

How to make alphabet pompoms

Let’s start with A.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Start from the center. To create the area inside the blue dotted line first, you can wrap the yarn in a corresponding shape as in the pic. Imagine the shape for your final pompom, but make it narrower as it will expand when you cut it open. The very top is wrapped around only once for the pointy corner. Wrap more yarn gradually towards the bottom to form a triangle shape.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Now for the area marked in blue (the side bars of A), wrap all over the triangle. Wrap evenly in 3 or 4 layers.

That’s all for the letter A. Now you just need to wrap the background color to completely surround the letter.

I’ve made a few more instruction pics below for making other letters. You can then apply these techniques to any letter you want to make.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

This one shows letter D, but turned around to make it symmetrical. To create straight lines in the letters, like in the D, E, H, T etc, you could prepare 2 different colored yarns as in the pic, hold and wrap them together next to each other. This will help building up the yarn outwards in a straight line and make the area where the 2 colors meet neater.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

After wrapping for the straight line on the top, continue to fill the rest of the area marked with the pink dotted line with more yarn as shown.

Then wrap the sides of this evenly (including the white top part) in white yarn (or whatever color you’re using for the letter) to make the curved line. Finish with the background color.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Here’s one more example: K. For this one, you can start with the areas in dotted lines. A bit of even wrapping for the top and a small triangle wrap below.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Wrap white yarn over the small triangle part for the diagonal bars marked in green. Wrap evenly on top of this triangle shape, which creates a bigger triangle.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Now we fill the gap marked in green dotted lines. Wrap the background color – more yarn on top and gradually less lower.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Wrap yarn for the top bar, wrap evenly outwards so you’ll have a straight line later. Finish by wrapping more background color yarn all over.

When you make letters including a V shape, like Y, W, M, you can do it by creating a triangle first and then wrapping around it evenly. L is made in the same way as V but with a wider triangle.

One more tip is for the non-symmetrical letters like F, P and S that I made. For these, split the letter in two and mirror each part. Here are a few examples explained in diagrams. Sorry for my crappy mouse drawing.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

This is an example showing two parts for the letter F. You’ll be wrapping the background color first and the letter parts according to the diagram on the outer edge of the pom. When you cut them open those two parts meet at the edge to form a complete letter. You’ll end up with a reversed letter on the other side.

This is sort of the basics of ABC pompoms. There’s limited time and space for me to explain further but hopefully these give you an idea.

One last thing: when you cut the pompoms open, they will look nothing like the final letters but a mess. Don’t worry and just trim them ruthlessly! I was a bit timid at trimming first but these letters need more vigorous trimming than even the animal ones. Trim them enough so you end up with dense looking balls which will really help with the definition. Also sort out bits that are out of place (they sometimes get twisted inside so kind of comb it through with you fingers). I cut my family’s hair and there’s a worry in the house that I will trim them completely round next time.

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

If you can put up with more pompoms, I have Halloween character pompoms coming up which should be really cute. Maybe you noticed the skull drawing among my letters in the pic above. I do get distracted easily.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.You can make kids names or initials to hang onto their bags and belongings. Even just one letter as a monogram accessary would be cute.

I’m really enjoying seeing your creations on instagram recently. Please do share if you make some!

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial - Mr Printables

Alphabet Pompoms Tutorial
  • sonia

    This is amazing!!

  • Lisa@hooplapalooza

    OMG!!! this goes under the definition of crazy awesome.

  • Abracadacraft

    Great job ! I’ve linked your post on Facebook.

  • Imke Himstedt

    This is absolutely fantastic! And thanks for sharing how to do it. Brilliant.

  • mrprintables

    Thanks everybody! ^ ^

  • Ilse Nadort-Waser

    Incredibly clever!

  • Jennifer Pebbles

    These are INSANE awesome!! I love them!! I made a couple of flower ones, since they seemed easiest! I wish I could sit next to you for a lesson. Going to have to experiment!

  • Amy

    You are AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial. Thank heavens its the weekend and now I can indulge in throwing away my task list and make some pom poms.

  • Lisa Menou

    Wow! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I will have to give this a try!

    • mrprintables

      Thanks! Hope you share if you try some. ^ ^

  • Maike Keuben

    Olive I think you are amazing, we simply love all of your printables and other craft & fun ideas.
    We are very proud to be one of your sponsors!! xoxo Maike

    • mrprintables

      Thank you Maike for your kind words. Your support means a lot!! ♥ Olive

  • JipeBlo

    Love this is so fantastic ;)
    Thanks to share that.

  • Corinne Gettys

    These are great for the gifted learners in my art-integrated classroom! WOW! Thank you!

  • Stefrose

    merci ! i love this idea , i tried a T but made the mistake to use two differents types of wool, T isn’t perfect but so easy and fast to make. thanks for this great idea and these simple explanations

    • mrprintables

      Great job!! Thanks for sharing : )

  • Andrea

    Oh my gosh, I am blown away. I have never seen anything like this before. I cannot believe how your brain works. Never in a million years would I have thought of this. You are amazing.

  • Holly Ramer

    I love these, and as a new knitter, have been looking for projects to use up odds and ends of yarn. I’m having a really hard time wrapping my brain around how these work, but hopefully when I try one it will become clear!

  • Am jay lou

    These are BRILLIANT!! They’re on my ‘must make soon’ list. Thank you so much for sharing this fun idea

  • Dale Coykendall

    Wow so cool but looks really labor intensive!

    • mrprintables

      Thanks, I can’t say making pompoms are hard works! ^ ^

  • Alice AkiHimemiya Cannata

    I’ve just create an “A” and…well… Yours is much better XD I think I used too little wool and it seemed a bit “poor” XD
    but I’ll try again *_* Letter-pompom are so cuuuuute!!!! I hope one day you’ll put images for each letter :D I really can’t understand this “mechanism” XD
    Anyway, thanks for sharing your beautiful pompom :))

  • Libby McCarthy

    i LOVE these pompom tutorials!! the animals are super cute too! you are so creative!

  • korrielu

    these are so awesome! i’d like to hang them from balloons as part of a birthday surprise. could you clarify:
    1. how big are the final pompoms after they are trimmed?
    2. is there a type/weight of yarn that works best?

    thanks for being so darn clever!

    • mrprintables

      Hi! It depends on your pompom maker and how much you trim but mine ended up about 2″ diameter. I used yarn marked as ‘Double Knitting’ but I don’t know much about yarn and I just bought some for the first time to make pompoms. There might be better options..?

  • korrielu

    thanks for the tip on yarn type. i saw the car/house post – amazing!!! glad i hadn’t gotten out to get my yarn yet. how many letter pompoms would you guess you get out of a ball (or whatever it is yarn comes in is called) of yarn?

    • mrprintables

      Oh… I’m not so sure because I used mixed colors and didn’t really pay attention to it. I guess it will depend on how dense you make it. I think about a big handful of yarn makes one pompom… but not sure. ^ ^

  • adilsa

    sorry but i can’t do the letter A

  • Rebecca

    Hi and thanks a lot, I managed to make symmetrical pompoms just fine, but almost went nuts over the letter R… Can you please help me?

  • soso la vahiné

    Incroyable !!! Bravo !

  • Caitlin Stones

    could you describe how to do a J? i have tried in vain and have no idea!! thank you :) (i did a C and it turned out great!)

  • LN

    Vos pompons sont magnifiques !! J’adore !! Est-ce que vous les vendez ? :)))
    Merci beaucoup et Joyeux Noël <3
    LN

  • http://www.heymammawolf.blogspot.com/ Miss Carlaina!

    How do you cut the yarn for do the pompon? I can’t understand :( Please! i’ll be waiting the answer. Thanks! xo!

  • Edkofarah

    Hello!
    I just love your pompom! it looks adorable!
    i really want to make some for a friend and I still don’t get how do you do the ‘S’ and also ‘Z’.
    mind helping me? thanks!