Pom-Pom Perfection: Crafting With Yarn

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Pom-poms are just about the simplest, cutest thing you can make with yarn! You don’t need any fancy equipment (although a pom-pom maker does make things a little easier), and it’s a craft that can be easily adapted to all ages and abilities. You probably already know that you can use pom-poms to add a fun splash of color to a knitted hat, but did you know you can also make pom-pom cats and dogs, pom-pom decorations for your home, and even pom-pom Pokémon? The Library resources below will get you off to a great start – you’ll learn how to master the basics and use your new skills to create some adorable designs. Since even young kids can successfully make pom-poms, we’re also highlighting some books from our catalog that showcase other quick and easy yarn projects for kids. Learn how to make a yarn octopus, a textured wall hanging or get started with an awesome weaving project!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, did you know that your Library card gives you access to Creativebug where you can find over 1,000 creative video classes and tutorials? There are lots of yarn craft tutorials to explore – why not check out How to Make a Pom Pom for a great introduction to three different ways to make a pom-pom out of yarn. You can also use other materials to make some variations on the pom-pom theme. This Tissue Paper Pompoms class will teach you how to create a gorgeous, oversized pom-pom from tissue paper, and this Pom Pom Garlands class will teach you how to use coffee filters to make beautiful pom-poms that look like cabbage roses. Finally, check out the CLP YouTube channel @clpvideo to watch this month’s Creative Course Club where you will learn how to make a pom-pom key ring!

Adorable Pom Pom Animals: Dogs, Cats and Other Wooly Friends

Pom poms are suddenly showing up everywhere—as fashion accessories, home decor items and toys. This book shows you how to use materials including yarn, mohair and alpaca wool to sculpt cuddly pom pom animals in different shapes and sizes. This adorable book features lessons, diagrams, sewing tips and step-by-step instructions on how to make 30 different cute creations. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can create your own original animal friends.

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With no fancy equipment needed—in fact, you can make do with rings cut from cardboard, four bulldog clips, a pencil, a pair of scissors and your yarn—these pompoms are inexpensive to make for yourself or for others. With striking, graphic photography and clear step-by-step photographs to accompany all the instructions—and with each pompom taking no more than an hour to make—you can easily add a little pomzazz to your world.

Pompom Pokémon

Make pompom versions of your favorite Pokémon! This book contains 32 patterns with photographs and instructions for pompom versions of popular Pokémon like Pikachu, Charmander, Snorlax and Bulbasaur. Gotta make ’em all!

Pom Pom Pom: Over 50 Mini Pompoms To Make

So you think you know how to make a pompom? Try these and take your skills up a notch or two! The fabulous pompoms in Pom Pom Pom by Vietnamese artist Henry Le make other pompoms look distinctly ordinary. There are 50 fun and fashionable designs to create, from animals and emojis to sushi and cakes. Each project is accompanied by simple instructional diagrams and beautiful photography. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, you can come up with your own unique designs.

Pom-Poms!: 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects

They’re soft, they’re colorful, they’re fun to craft, and they add a touch of whimsy to everything they meet. They’re pom-poms! And they’re more adorable than ever. This delightfully photographed craft book takes readers through more than 25 pom-decorated crafts, from cozy home decor projects to fun outfit accessories to festive party supplies and embellishments.

Stitch + String Lab for Kids: 40+ Creative Projects To Sew, Embroider, Weave, Wrap and Tie

This book leads children step-by-step through a huge range of sewing and fiber art projects. As they go, they will learn a variety of techniques, develop dexterity and coordination, and enjoy making a variety of creative projects. Each project includes a materials list and illustrated steps, and the book is filled with useful tips, tricks and shortcuts.

Title also available on Hoopla Digital.

10-Minute Yarn Projects

Got extra yarn in your makerspace? Put that yarn to use with some quick and easy makerspace projects. From dolls and animals to plant holders and dragon eggs, these 10-minute yarn projects will have kids making in no time!

Title also available on Hoopla Digital.