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
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)
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Step 12 - 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.
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.
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