How to make the squishiest, fluffiest pom poms

In a previous tutorial here on my blog; I showed you How to use those plastic pom pom makers that you can buy online through Aliexpress or Amazon.

In this tutorial, I’m going to give you some tips and tricks to make your pom poms super squishy and super fluffy.

This tutorial will teach you how to make a soft and squishy fluffy pom pom
This tutorial will teach you how to make the softest and fluffiest pom poms.

Choosing good pom pom yarn

Natural vs Acrylic yarns

The yarn you use to make your pom poms affects the both the look and feel of the pom pom. The softer your yarn is, the softer your pom will be. Plant-based yarns such as cotton or hemp are often firmer than yarns made from the animal fibers such as merino wool or angora rabbit fur. Pure synthetic yarns can work well too, but only if they are manufactured to be soft and fluffy, not slick or smooth.

For a cuddly, natural-feeling pom pom I recommend using merino wool blended with a high quality acrylic. (AliExpress and Amazon)

I've found that a blend of synthetic acrylic yarn and natural merino wool is a good type of yarn for making pom poms with because it is soft and gives the finished pom pom a velvety sheen.
I’ve found that a blend of synthetic acrylic yarn and natural merino wool is a good type of yarn for making pom poms with because it is soft and gives the finished pom pom a velvety sheen.

Fine weight vs chunky yarns

When you use a fine weight or lace weight yarn, you can wrap more individual strands of yarn around your pom pom maker, which makes a much more fluffy and furry-looking pom pom than if you used a chunky weight yarn.

Using a thicker yarn results in a hairy-looking pom pom which is also a cool pom pom to make, but our aim with this tutorial is to make a pom pom that’s so squishy it feels like an upgraded, hand-made version of a stress ball.

Pulling yarn from both the center and the outside of your wool ball makes doubling up the yarn threads easier so you don’t have to wrap your pom pom maker a million times.

Here you can see how fine the individual strands of yarn I used in this pom pom. The finer the individual strands of yarn are, the more densely furred the pom pom will appear.
Here you can see how fine the individual strands of yarn I used in this pom pom. The finer the individual strands of yarn are, the more densely furred the pom pom will appear.

WRAP WRAP WRAP WRAP WRAP WRAP

Now that you’ve chosen your yarn, it’s time to start wrapping your pom pom maker. Not too tight, not too loose. Just wrap it tightly enough so that it stays on the pom pom machine. And then keep wrapping some more. You need to get as much yarn onto the pom pom maker as you can. When you close the machine, it should be a bit of a squeeze to get the wrapped arms to fit into the center of the machine. The inner curve of the pom pom maker should be overfull, but not so much that the pom pom maker can’t shut at all.

Wrap enough yarn around the pom pom maker arms so that the inside curve is overflowing
Wrap enough yarn around the pom pom maker arms so that the inside curve is overflowing.

Fork it!

Once you have over stuffed both sides of your pom pom machine with yarn, tied off the center, cut the wrapped yarn and removed your pom pom from the machine, it’s time to start shaping and fluffing out your pom pom with a scissors and comb.

I use a fork.

Because I’m an 80s kid.

Use your fork/comb to start brushing out the individual strands of the yarn on your pom pom. Start by inserting the tines of fork under just the first few millimeters of the yarn ends and gently pulling upward. The idea is to comb the yarn, not yank it out of the pom pom, so channel your zen while doing this and be gentle with your precious fluffball.

I like to work with the fork for a little while and then trim the surface with scissors before switching back to the fork. Altogether I can spend an hour or two grooming a pom pom in this way. This process can get messy, so it’s best to work over a dustbin or a bowl to catch all the fluff that is inevitably produced.

You’re done!

I hope you enjoyed making your super squishy pom pom and I hope you enjoy playing with your new fur ball.💜🧶🧡

If you want to attach a loop to hang your pom pom with, check out this tutorial I wrote: How to make a loop for hanging your pom pom decorations

Dense pom poms are the squishiest stress balls
Dense pom poms are the squishiest stress balls.