We’re still working through some of the craft kits, coloring books, doodle books and lego sets we received for Christmas, so I wanted to share with you from one of the kits that Rose received for Christmas, along with some tips to make the project go more smoothly if you decide to attempt the project.
Rose received an American Girl Crafts Pom Pom Scarves Kit from her aunt for Christmas, and it included three different colors of yarn (150 yards each), some cord, a plastic needle, two sizes of pom pom makers, and a little illustrated booklet of instructions. It’s a very nice and complete kit, and with the yarn given and the instructions, there are plenty of materials for your daughter (or you) to make scarves for both herself and her doll.
I’m going to share with you guys the full technique for making pom poms and some of my tips because pom pom making tutorials are in abundance on the internet, and I’ve tried and failed before learning how to make a successful pom pom, so I hope this is helpful.
To begin with, you need to measure the yarn. I helped a lot here because Emalee found measuring the 42 feet of yarn that each pom pom takes to be a messy and tedious experience. By this, I mean that she was getting her yarn tangled and losing count of how many feet she had measured at once! So, I took over and did all the pom pom measuring.
By the way, when you’re making pom poms, the kind of yarn you use makes a big difference. Don’t go for the cheapest yarn that a craft store sells, but get the medium cost yarn so that your pom poms are nice and fluffy. This is where purchasing the American Girl kit makes sense. You can get the entire kit for about $12-13 on Amazon, and you’ll probably spend that on the yarn alone if you purchase each piece of your project separately.
Any way, once measured, we began wrapping our pom poms around the pom pom maker. You don’t need a pom pom maker, and you could do this with a simple piece of cardboard. I’ve done it that way before. Still, the pom pom makers are nice thick plastic, and I’m going to keep them for future projects. The sizes on the pom poms are 2″ for the child sized scarf and 1″ for the doll sized scarf.
The next part is pulling the pom pom off the maker or cardboard. The first thing you need to is to cut a 2 foot piece of yarn and fold it in half. Then, you’ll wrap it around the pom pom and tie it tightly once. Slowly and carefully, pull the thread off the pom pom maker, and then very tightly knot your two foot piece of yarn. The pom pom thread will naturally make itself into a disk if you tie it tight enough. If you do not tie this knot tight enough, your whole pom pom will fall apart. I have a lot of experience with pom poms that fall apart.
Once your pom pom looks like the above picture, then you are ready to go around and snip all the loops. Then, you’ll fluff the ends of the pom poms and trim then to look a little less wild 🙂
It takes about 20 pom poms to make a scarf. Then, we’re ready to line them up and thread them together.
All it takes to make the scarf is to use the cord and the plastic needle and thread each pom pom on until you get to the desired length. Rose’s scarf is a little over 3 feet long.
Rose is very excited with the end result and she’s been showing if off everywhere! We also still have enough yarn to make a scarf for her American Girl doll, but we haven’t gotten around to that yet.
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