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How to make a bunny pom pom

Learn how to make a sweet pom pom rabbit with Pom Maker

POM MAKER TUTORIAL

How to make a bunny pom pom

Learn how to make a sweet pom pom rabbit with Pom Maker

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!

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What you need

Choosing your yarn

  • You'll need some white and a very small amount of pink for the nose. Plus a little bit of black for the eyes
  • Also choose your favorite bunny color – light grey, light brown, camel colors all work well. (Tip – If you want to use a dark color, you may want to wrap some additional lighter color to create a patch around the eyes to make the eyes visible.)
  • A little bit of light pink for the insides of the ears
  • Choose nice and soft yarn, such as wool and alpaca or merino blends for the softest cuddly bunnies. DK or Aran weights work well. If you use DK, simply wrap a tiny bit more in each step to match the volume of Aran.
Also
  • Large fabric scissors
  • Felting needle to make the ears
  • Waxed thread is optional, but recommended. Use very strong non-slip thread if you can. You can also use dental floss.
  • ideally one large and strong pair of fabric scissors for cutting the pompom and one small and sharp pair for some precise trimming (optional)

STEP BY STEP

Follow our detailed tutorial below for making a yarn pom pom bunny

1.

Planning

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!

1.

Little White Nose

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.

2.

Pinky inside of the nose

Wrap one layer of pink, starting in the middle of the white nose and extending a little more towards the chin end.

3.

More White

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!

4.

The Face

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.

5.

Eyes

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!

6.

The Rest

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!

7.

The Ears

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!

8.

The Other Half

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!

9.

Tie with waxed thread

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!

10.

Trim the face

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.

11.

Trim the nose

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.

12.

The Ears

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

13.

Final Trimming

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.

Pom Maker tutorial - How to make a bunny pompom

Hoppity hop!

A happy new bunny is born!

Let’s introduce lots of pompom bunnies into this world. Make one for yourself and make another to make somebody happy!

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 pompoming & don’t forget to share with #WeArePomMakers

We love to see your creations!

36 replies to “How To Make a Bunny Pom Pom

  1. It’s beautiful !!! you have some artists hands !! thank you so much for sharing it with us !!! Have a nice day

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! Nice day to you too : )

  2. First class video and diagrams. They are adorable. You are a genius

    • Thank you so much! Super kind of you : )

  3. What a sweet, safe addition to any simple baby cap! The video looks simple, but I expect it to be challenging. Our knitting group has some great pompom creators who will probably want to see this video and give it a try. I will too! Thanks for putting it together for us.

    • Hi Jane
      Thanks for your kind comment! It is a little challenging at first but you’ll enjoy figuring out how it works as you go, it gets really fun : )
      Would totally appreciate it if you could tell your knitting group about our tutorials, thanks for that!

  4. Hi! With the pom maker – are you using 2 or is both sides included in the kit? thanks

    • Hi Emma
      2 circles are included in one kit! Thanks : )

  5. Great bunny, continue your work!

  6. Can I ask what size of yarn I should use to make pom pom. 1mm or 2mm. Thanks you

    • It’s difficult to answer in mm’s but you can look for Aran (same as Worsted) or DK(slightly thinner than Aran) weight. Most yarn is marked with these. Good luck!

  7. Hey! I love love looove this idea so much! <3 <3 <3
    I want to try it as a cute keychain – but how would you guys try and put the first ring that leads the chain? I'm thinking right when you tie the knot it would be a good time to put on the chain, but would your Pom Maker allow me to do that?
    Thank you for such a nice tutorial!

    • Thank you! : ) Yes, after you tie the pom pom with a strong thread (like waxed thread as shown), then you can run an extra yarn you want to use for hanging the same way (if you do it before you take out the pom maker, it will be easy). That way you can have a long yarn attached to it to use for the key ring. I’d not use the yarn for tying it first because it’s not so strong, but would add it after tying it with a strong thread. Hope you try this!

  8. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, could you find a way to make a cat pom pom. I’m trying to make a cat mobile for my new grand child, but I can’t figure out how to get my pom to look like a cat & not a dog!! Please Help!!

    • We’ll be adding more tutorials, cat is popular so we hope to do it soon! Thanks : )

  9. Hi
    It is great. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I’m lookig forward to seeing more youre tutorials 😉
    Best Regards from Poland 😉

  10. This is so beautiful! I have ordered the pom maker from your site and can’t wait to try these out. I am in need of buying some felting needles though, I have noticed that there are so many different sizes and some are named ‘rough/fine’. Which one do you use? Many thanks!

    • Thank you so much! Happy pom pom making
      I normally use the ‘rough’ needle because it felts faster : )

  11. It is so much fun and beautiful! I am going to start making pom animals. Thnks for your tutorial.

  12. Hello, I love your tutorials! They are clear and precise. I still had some difficulty finding a needle to felter, I managed to find amazon.I am French and I would like to propose ideas “French”, for example pompons, this tutorial is not very well known and I did not find on the internet, (despite your ideas of creating our own creative pom-poms, I feel more comfortable with a tutorial), I also thought of a little Eiffel Tower that would be everything just adorable, also a hedgehog. I love your chain / blog pompons! Bis, a French girl named Tosca.

  13. WOW THIS WORKS SO WELL THX ?

  14. This was REALLY FUN how did you come up with this?!
    Well this idea was awesome, but i did do a few mistakes but still i l♥ve it,
    but i cant find the Panda one… oh never mind found it THX ?

  15. Absoulutely loved your demos what a talented lady you are can’t wait to try this out instructions very detailed thank you Shirley new member to your site

  16. The ears on mine didn’t work out very well. Any advice?

    • “The ears on mine didn’t work out very well. Any advice?”

      I wonder if it might be the yarn you used? For felting you really need wool yarn. (I’ve heard of people having luck with acrylic, so that might work.)

  17. Don’t mean to be picky but just a little typo to fix up: Step 5 is EYES but you have labelled it as EARS (there’s another ‘ears’ section further down).
    Otherwise, such a great idea. I have no idea how you figured out exactly where to put the ears/eyes/nose parts whilst making the pompom. I think I would have given up before starting on that one. Bravo!

  18. I love this and have shared it to my Facebook family. Keep up the good work.

  19. Hi, made my first panda Pom Pom from your YouTube video and he turned out really well. After that I made three more and showed them to my ‘knit and natter’ group. The reaction was AAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!, you would think I had taken in a box of cute kittens! Now I’m hooked and it’s all your fault?. Thank you so much for the excellent tutorials, and looking forward to more.

  20. This tutorial is absolutely marvelous! I love how you estimate how many wraps each part of the face needs! The step-by-step instructions are invaluable! I’m going to try & make a heart design, now that I know how the designs work! Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Just wanted to point out, the heading for the eye step says ears! great tutorial, really helpful!

  22. First class tutorial. I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a video, but I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the detail. The video, plus the diagram, plus the step by step photos. It makes what looks to be a difficult task, seem very possible. More than anything, I greatly appreciate the length of the video. It would have been easy for you guys to cut out or skip over all the cutting to shape the head, and just say “shape the head” and then show us the finished product. But I am so glad you didn’t. Being able to see the full process and order of trimming, and seeing that even though you trim one area at one point, you’ll go back and continue to trim that same area several times as the shape progresses- makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for a clean, yet truly complete tutorial. Please keep making more like this.

    • Hi Rosemary
      Sorry for a very late reply and thank you so much for your super kind comment! Really glad you like the details we put in and the length, we’re sometimes not sure if the length discourages or bores the viewers : ) but can’t help putting in all the bits. We’re encouraged by your feedback and will try to keep as many details as possible in the future videos too.
      Thank you & happy pom pom making! : )

  23. They are adorable. Very creative. Thanks for the tutorial.

  24. Thank you so much, I’m trying to create many different colours of rabbits to recreate owners’ precious bunnies to raise money for The Rabbit Residence where I volunteer. At the moment I am doing felt ears that I sew on but hope to try the felted ears that you demonstrate. I also want to try that technique for lion head bunnies. I add whiskers with embroidery cotton and a few strands just threaded through with a needle.
    So pleased to have found your demo it’s wonderful!

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