Reported by Susie Ziegler
I have recently started something of a love affair with the sewing tools and gadgets by the manufacturer Clover. So I was pretty excited to get the Clover Pom-Pom maker as a gift from my young niece and nephew for my birthday a few months ago. I guess my nephew was puzzled and wondered, “What do you do with a pom-pom maker?” Make pom-poms! His Christmas gifts were topped with several versions so he understands now.
I tested the two sizes that are in the “Large” package. These are about 2 1/2 and 3 3/8 inches or pretty much exactly the same size as their respective tool. Several other sizes are available including an extra large 4.5 inch one and extra small ones less than an inch.
I opened up my package to get a look at this thing. It honestly was not immediately evident how it works. There are two halves and these semi circular wings that open up. Anyone remember the DeLorean? It’s like that…
The first pom pom, I had to read the instructions which are written only slightly confusingly in several languages with helpful photographs to illustrate the steps.
Snap the two halves together and open up one set of wings. Wrap your yarn around that half. Be as even as you can and wrap as densely as you can manage. If you are messy during this step, your finished pom pom will require extra haircuts.
When you get to the end of that set of wings, close it and bring the yarn around to do the opposite side in the same way.
Close up both halves and use some sturdy scissors to trim all the way around in the center groove. Don’t be scared! The yarn doesn’t fall out!
Now you have to tie a string or yarn inside that groove as tightly as you possibly can. I found that some yarns broke when pulled tightly. I like to use a long string to tie it so that I have something for later when I use the pom pom in my crafting or gift wrapping.
Open it all up and pull out your creation. Fluff it up to make it pretty. Trim those straggly yarns. There are very few when you use this tool.
Something I learned when making these is that certain types of yarn work better than others. I thought the cotton yarn I used in this tutorial made a droopy and sad little pom pom, but fuzzy acrylic or other squishy yarns make lively puffy creations.
Slick acrylic like Caron Simply Soft or thick cotton like Sugar ‘n Cream are better to combine with fuzzier fibers. Pom poms made with them alone can pull apart easily.
Fuzzy yarns like the novelty yarns below will make the pom poms of your dreams. Customize them with interesting fibers or even fabric strips for a funky look.
- Each size is a unique color for easy identification
- Sturdy construction of hard plastic
- Makes uniformly sized pom poms that require very little extra trimming
- Yay! I can use up all that stray cheap yarn I’ve collected!
- Not initially clear how it is going to work
- Bulky for storage
- Another tool you didn’t know you needed…
The Clover Pom Pom makers retail for between $6 and $12. Each is packaged with two sizes except the extra large version which is also the most expensive.
You can probably find these at any retailer that sells fibers or crafts. You can also buy them online here.
I loved using this tool over the holidays. I adorned most of our gifts with a fun variety of pom poms. I have plans to do a garland and… gosh, there are so many possibilities! What do you think I should make with my growing pile of fuzzy puffs?