How to Make Tulle Pom Poms Tutorial

by Marie

Sheer tulle netting fabric makes for some really elegant and sophisticated looking pom poms and very different to the standard yarn ones we are used to. Add to your craft projects.

Tulle netting is a really beautiful and sheer fabric that is most commonly used to add volume and some sophisticated layering into dresses and long gowns. Because it has a particularly feminine quality to it, it is really ideal for using to add to party decor for girls and also weddings - and that is just what I envisioned in mind when I set out to make these pretty and unusual pom poms.

Normally you'd use yarn to make these fluffy and decorative balls, however this semi-transparent netted fabric offers a much more sophisticated and elegant look. It is lighter than yarn too and you don't need to use as much since this stiffer fabric holds it's shape well. Come and see how you can make these to add to garlands, wands, as hanging decor, for clothing accessories and more.

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What You Need to Make These

Tulle netting comes in different options. I prefer to buy mine by the yard as big sections of fabric because I then have lots of options with what to use it for - the downside is that this has to be cut down into thin strips for making up the poms. The other common option for buying it is with thinner spools of this fabric which often come in 3 inch or 6 inch widths. With the thinner width, you could get away with folding it as you wrap which means you wouldn't have to cut it down to size.

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I prefer not to buy it in these smaller sizes because it becomes less useful for other projects where I need wider pieces.

You can make large poms by wrapping the fabric around the width of a book, tying off in the middle and cutting. This works fine for larger party / home decorations but doesn't give such a neat finish for smaller ones needed for celebration wreaths, smaller garlands or even clothing or fashion accessories where detail counts. So I have made all my smaller ones with Clover makers as seen below.

Instructions on Making Pom Poms from Tulle

Materials and Tools:

  • Tulle netting (cut into thin strips)
  • Yarn or strong thin twine to tie
  • Pom pom maker (I use Clover)
  • Sharp pair of small scissors
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Step 1: If you have a very thin width of tulle, say 3 inches, you may get away without needing to cut it down since you can fold it thinner for wrapping with. However, I prefer to buy wide pieces of tulle so that I can use the pieces for any project.

You can cut a square or rectangle of this netted fabric into strips as follows. Start at the bottom left corner and snip approx 1 inch into the fabric laid out in front of you. Keep cutting about 1 inch from the left side to cut a strip - when you approach a corner, do not snip off! Pull the fabric round so the top side is now on the left and cut around the corner and carry on cutting up this new side. Do the same for every corner and wrap the strip of tulle you're cutting into a ball as you go. You can see how I have cut around the corner in the photo.

Step 2: Follow the cutting directions above to make one long continuous strip of netting which you can wrap like a ball of yarn. Once you have your ball, you can start making. 

Clover Large Pom Pom Maker

Two sizes approx. 2 1/2-inch & 3 3/8-inch. Ideal for embellishments and perfect for scarves, bags, sweaters and more.

$7.99  $5.33

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My favorite makers to use are the Clover ones which are very sturdy and comfortable to hold which is important when you need to make a lot. I like the green and yellow sizes but you can choose any size that you want.

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Step 3: Once you have your ball of netting, you can start wrapping. With a clover device that means pulling out one pair of 'arms' to begin wrapping around. The start of your tulle will soon get covered with additional wraps around. Start at one end of the 'arm' and work towards the other end.

Step 4: Unlike yarn where I would advise to make your wrapping nice and plump, tulle is a different fabric entirely. It is stiffer and will hold a shape better instead of yarn which will just droop if there isn't enough of it to hold all the strands in place. So you don't need wrap loads of this around the maker - you will get to learn what your own preference is but you can certainly get away with less wrapping.

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Step 5: Once one 'arm' section is covered, you can push it back down into the body of the maker, pull out the other pair of arms and start wrapping around them. All you need to do is to slide the strip of tulle through the middle section between the left (wrapped) pair of arms and the right (unwrapped) pair. Then continue wrapping.

Step 6: You want to achieve the same kind of thickness on this pair of arms as the previous pair to get a really even look on your finished piece. I do this by looking from the top to see if the wrapped widths look similar. When they do, I know it is time to stop.

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Step 7: When wrapping is finished, push down the pair of arms towards the middle to close the maker up completely. Snip off the end of the strip of tulle.

Step 8: Now it is time to cut around the Clover maker with a small, sharp pair of scissors. I use my embroidery scissors as they are the perfect size. Push your scissor blades in between the middle of a left 'arm' and a right 'arm' as shown and start to cut round. Cut all the way around.

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Step 9: Once all the fabric is cut, you must tie it before you open the maker or everything will fall out into a big mess of netting. I use yarn to tie with but you could use thin twine. I did try sewing thread but that just breaks for me.

Pull the yarn around the center of your maker and tie a double knot really tightly. I then tie another one on the other side to be secure.

Step 10: Once it is all tied up, you can free the 'arms' of the maker by pushing them up as shown.

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Step 11: Now you need to use each hand to grasp on the left and the right of your pom - pull the maker apart to reveal your handmade piece.

Step 12: Once your pom is released, you can trim as you like. I try not to trim much as I like it to look a bit more natural. I hope you've enjoyed reading my lens or article today, thanks for your visit. Now you can go wild making all these sophisticated little balls for your crafty projects.

It's Easy to Get Addicted!

Once you start making these, they are so quick and easy to whip up with the Clover makers that you will probably want to buy a range of sizes so you can cover a wide variety of projects. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Try out using variegated yarn too as I love the effect that gives with introducing lots of color.

Gold and lilac tulle decorations made up quickly with a Clover pom pom maker.
Gold and lilac tulle decorations made up quickly with a Clover pom pom maker.
Clover Small Pom Pom Maker

Two sizes - approx. 1 3/8-inch & 1 5/8-inch. Ideal for embellishments and perfect for scarves, bags, sweaters and more.

$7.00  $2.99

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Clover Extra Large Pom Pom Maker

The new extra large pom-pom maker creates approx 4 1/2-inch of pom-pom and can hold multiple colors of yarns and ribbons

$11.00  $7.88

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Now See How to Make a Wreath from Tulle

If you enjoy working with this netted fabric, come see my tutorial on using it to make a celebratory wreath which is ideal for birthdays and fun occasions:

Making a DIY Wreath with Tulle Step by Step
How to Make Tulle Pom Poms Step by Step Photo Tutorial and Written Instructions
Updated: 02/19/2016, Marie
 
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Marie on 01/20/2015

Yes, made from Tulle gives a whole different look and feel. Thank you, Sheila too :)

sheilamarie on 01/19/2015

You always write such helpful craft tutorials, Marie. I'm glad to see you've added this new one to your collection.

Digby_Adams on 01/19/2015

It's really amazing how changing the material changes the appearance. Tulle pom poms are a world away from yarn pom poms.

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