Pom Maker tutorial - How to make a bunny pompom

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

Pom Maker

Scissors – ideally one large and strong pair of fabric scissors for cutting the pompom and one small and sharp pair for some precise trimming (optional)

felting needle to make the ears

waxed linen thread (optional)

Yarn Colors

Some white and a very small amount of pink for the nose

A little bit of black for the eyes

Sufficient amount of 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.

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!

Here’s a step-by-step wrapping diagram!

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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!

Step 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.

STEP 5 - Ears

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!

Step 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!

Step 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!

Step 8 - The Other Half

Wrap the other half entirely in your bunny color. Wrap enough to match the volume of the first half.

Step 9

Bring the two halves together and put your frostings on. Now cut!

Step 10 - 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. We’ll be updating a full post about it shortly as this is one of the top secrets of making a great pompom!

Step 11 - Trim the face

  1. Start by cutting away big chunks over the eyes.
  2. Shape the whole face into a ‘pear’ shape. Trim more towards the top of the head while keeping the bottom chin end wide.
  3. Make sure you don’t cut the yarn for the ears.

Step 12 - Trim the nose

  1. Separate the pink yarn in the middle of the nose from the white and cut them very short.
  2. 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.
  3. Gently squeeze the 3 parts together and poke with a felting needle a few times from all sides to fix it.

Step 13 - 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.

Step 14 - 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.

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 bunny is 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!

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16 thoughts on “How To Make a Bunny Pom Pom

  1. Laura
    May 25, 2017 reply

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

    1. pommaker
      May 27, 2017 reply

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

  2. Janette
    July 2, 2017 reply

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

    1. pommaker
      July 20, 2017 reply

      Thank you so much! Super kind of you : )

  3. Jane/Alpharetta
    July 5, 2017 reply

    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.

    1. pommaker
      July 20, 2017 reply

      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. Emma
    July 22, 2017 reply

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

    1. admin
      August 1, 2017 reply

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

  5. filmowanie lublin
    August 1, 2017 reply

    Great bunny, continue your work!

    1. pommaker
      August 1, 2017 reply

      Thank you very much!

  6. songthuong
    August 9, 2017 reply

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

    1. pommaker
      August 12, 2017 reply

      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. Dhebora
    August 10, 2017 reply

    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!

    1. pommaker
      August 12, 2017 reply

      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. Angela
    August 12, 2017 reply

    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!!

    1. pommaker
      August 12, 2017 reply

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

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