Welcome to Pom Pom Town! It’s soft and cuddly here. ^ ^
Pompoms are soft and friendly, they are the perfect size and softness for little hands so it makes a lot of sense to make some pompom soft toy play sets. They are also the easiest things to make. I don’t know how to knit or crochet but a complete novice with yarn like me can make pompoms! I get asked for video tutorials these days but I struggle with time so creating the usual step-by-step images is probably my current limit. So apologies for the lack of videos! I’ll try to explain as clearly as possible (without making the post too long ^ ^ ) and you’re very welcome to ask me questions in the comments. However, I must mention that I’m a beginner myself trying things out too so please take these steps as a ‘rough guide’ to try out yourself. I’m sure if you make some easy ones at first, add a few details one by one and experiment with trimming, you can soon figure things out! I’m so impressed with the pompoms many of you’ve made that I see on instagram and elsewhere.
I now regularly get asked what kind of yarn I use. I bought some acrylic double knitting yarn at the beginning as it seemed wool yarns might be wasted. Now because of the lack of color choices I looked further and bought some wool yarns the other day and ooh, the resulting pompoms are just so much nicer to hold and the colors are more sophisticated. I love the soft bouncy feeling of pompoms and I think I’ll stick to wool yarns from now on. Babies must love holding these. I saw cashmere and merino yarns in the shop (even nicer colors!) but must stay away from them for now until I make very special gifts. I haven’t tried very thick yarns or thin ones yet. OK, I’ve talked too much (hope it’s useful) so now to the tutorial.
I’ll be introducing more pompom toys here you can make but little houses and vehicles are easy to start with. As with other pompom posts, I’ll skip some basic steps so if you’re new to pompoms please start here.
How to make Pompom Houses
Firstly, here are some very serious technical diagrams for the pompom houses and cars.
As you can see, you need to make round pompoms as usual (marked in blue dotted lines), then trim them to the final house or vehicle shapes (marked in pink dotted lines).
On paper draw your symmetrical design first, then draw a circle around it. Extend the color & shape to the edge of the circles and make a normal round pompom first according to that diagram. If you’re unsure what I mean by a diagram, check out this and this.
1. Wrap a couple of layers of yarn for the door. Then wrap the house color over it. If you want to make a triangle shape for the house facade, start with one wrap at the top and add more as in the photo (above right). More on this technique is on the alphabet pompom post.
2. Now wrap the rest with the roof color. Make the other half in the same way but without the door, unless you’d like a back door!
3. The final pompom comes out as a round fluff ball. Firstly, trim the front of the house flat with your scissors vertically against it. Then trim the sides, back and bottom the same way. Trim the roof into a er, roof shape. Done and now moving onto little pompom cars.
How to make Pom pom CARS & TRUCKS
You can create many different car designs. Some wheels and a window or two will make a car! This step-by-step tutorial is for the top left car in the diagram above as one example.
1. Wrap the car body color (let’s say grey in this case) in one layer all along the pompom maker. This creates the vertical line between the windows in the drawing. Wrap more on the bottom half to create distance between the wheels (above left).
2. Wrap some black yarn to make wheels. When you cut it open later, this will create 2 wheels. Wrap plenty of white yarn (or whatever window color you’re using) on the top half.
3. Wrap more grey to cover the bottom half on top of the wheels. As an option, wrap a bit of yellow on top for the headlights then cover it up with more grey.
Now you’ll need to repeat exactly the same thing for the other half of the pompom maker to make a symmetrical car and then put the two halves together.
4. Cut open the pompom and tie up. Trim the bottom flat so the wheels touch the ground and trim the top into any car shape you like. It could be a dome shape, square etc. With a bit of an initial trim, you can see the car shape but it will be quite rough like the one above. If you want a more dense and defined car, just keep trimming…!
Are you still here? ^ ^ This is a long post, isn’t it…
Hope you enjoy making them! I think they will make super cute baby presents or stocking stuffers! In cashmere if you dare : )
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