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The word pompom seems so perfect for bunnies! Aren’t they simply fluffy pompoms hopping around in the Spring?
Let’s learn how to make cute pompom bunnies with your Pom Maker.
This tutorial video does not mention exact wrap counts, as a variety of wrap counts all work equally well and are more fun to try. Enjoy!
Follow our detailed tutorial below for making a yarn pom pom bunny
As usual, it helps to start with a drawing to plan the final pompom you want to make. Draw from pictures or other favorite rabbit characters you like.
If you draw a vertical line through the center of the drawing, you can get some idea of how to wrap at a glance!
Wrap approx 10 counts of white yarn at a ⅓ position on your Pom Maker. Tightly in a small bunch.
This side will be the chin. So naturally, the other side is the top of the head.
Wrap one layer of pink, starting in the middle of the white nose and extending a little more towards the chin end.
Wrap over the pink with more white and also add more towards the chin end. This will make the pink part (which is the middle of the nose) nicely surrounded by a fluffy white patch, a nice facial feature that many bunnies take pride in!
Now wrap all over with your main bunny color until your Pom Maker feels quite full.
The eyes of bunnies are almost on the sides of their heads. So it means they need to be added on top of an already quite thick layer. Otherwise the eyes will be too close to each other in the middle. So stop when you think it’s pretty full but you can still add a few more layers.
Bunnies have nice big eyes. Wrap the black yarn in the middle, adding the yarn tightly on top of each other in one spot to create round eyes. In the video, we wrapped 14 times.
Feel free to add more to make bigger eyes!
We tried adding some more white yarn at the chin end to create a little white patch under the chin. This is optional. Try making different marks however you like for interesting facial features.
Add more yarn all over to cover the eyes and until your Pom Maker is full…
Except – you need to leave just a little room at the top of the head to add more yarn for the ears in the next step.
Pom Maker can take a lot of yarn. The fuller you make your wraps, the plumper and denser your pompoms are going to be.
Experiment with your Pom Maker to see how much yarn you can wrap!
With a single color yarn, it’s easy to count and we have tried wrapping over 400 counts on each half with Aran yarn! Needless to say the pompom was very very plump!
Place your index finger over the head end.
Wrap about 10-12 counts of longer loops in the same color as your bunny. The longer the loop is, the longer the ears will be.
The video shows quite short ears. Try longer ears or even droopy ears if you like.
Add some light pink on top of this in the same way. This will add nice pinky insides of the ears.
Great the first half is done!
Wrap the other half entirely in your bunny color. Wrap enough to match the volume of the first half.
Bring the two halves together and put your frostings on. Now cut!
Or another strong thread. Pull hard, making sure it’s tied strong and tight.
Waxed linen threads are the best for this. See our full post about it as this is one of the top secrets of making a great pompom!
Start by cutting away big chunks over the eyes.
Shape the whole face into a ‘pear’ shape. Trim more towards the top of the head while keeping the bottom chin end wide.
Make sure you don’t cut the yarn for the ears.
Separate the pink yarn in the middle of the nose from the white and cut them very short.
Divide the white yarn into 3 parts, above, left and right of the pink and trim this white yarn shorter towards the pink center to create a ‘dip’ in the middle.
Gently squeeze the 3 parts together and poke with a felting needle a few times from all sides to fix it.
Separate the ear yarns equally into two bunches, then separate each half into the bunny color yarn and the light pink.
Begin with the yarn bunch in the bunny color. Hold the yarn together in a flat, ear shape. Poke the yarn with your felting needle from the sides, going through each yarn from one to the next to bond the fibres together. Take care of the sharp needle – Do it very slowly and carefully.
Once that’s done, start adding light pink yarn to one side of this.
Keep ‘felting’ until the ear has taken shape. You don’t need to ‘felt’ the yarn excessively. Pushing your needle through the yarn until they bond together will be enough.
Trim well for a neat shape
Keep trimming with big & small scissors until you’re happy.
A good place to put extra effort in is around the eyes. The eyes will always look better if you give a more precise trim around them.
A happy new bunny is born!
No two bunnies are exactly alike, so experiment with different colors, facial marks and features. Bunnies with big white chins, spotty blotchy bunnies, bunnies with cute little noses or big friendly curious noses… You can create many variations by trying different wraps.
Happy pompom making & don’t forget to share with #WeArePomMakers
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