Make Your Own Pom Pom ‘Toorie’ Tutorial

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As part of making my Highland Dancing Balmoral Bonnet tutorial (coming soon!) I needed to make a ‘Toorie’ more commonly known as a pom pom.  I thought the original tutorial was getting way too long, so here is a separate one just for the pom pom!  The above Balmoral Bonnet was given to me for Hannah, and is not the one I am making but it has a Toorie to show you!

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As far as I can work out, going on my thorough google image search and checking out the other dancers, I have come to the conclusion that the toorie needs to be either white, the same colour as the hat or a combination (marle) of the hat colour and white.  I am sure there are plenty more rules but I’m sure you probably know what you are wanting to make if you ended up reading this post!

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What you will need to make your Pom Pom ‘Toorie’

  • Wool in the colour(s) of your choice
  • Cardboard – I used an old tissue box
  • Pencil, Scissors

Step 1 – Make your template

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Draw a circle on your cardboard, I have made two sizes of pom pom.  The large one is 7.5cm (3 inches) in diameter.  Now draw a smaller circle in the centre of 2.5cm (1 inch).  Cut the smaller circle out to leave you with a donut shape piece.  The smaller size is 6cm (2 3/8 inches), with the same 2.5cm (1 inch) centre hole.  You will need to make two of these per pom pom.  If you need to make many of these it may pay to make them out of a more durable plastic as you can keep reusing them.  You can also change the sizes to suit you, just keep in mind that the making the centre hole bigger will make it very hard to keep the pieces in place when cutting, and the bigger your pom pom the more wool you will need to wind around your template to make it ‘full’ enough.

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Cut through both layers of your circle to make a C shape.

Step 2 – Wind the wool

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Starting at one edge of the C shape wind the wool around, to more wool you wind on the fuller your pom pom will be.  If you are wanting the marle pom pom with two colours, then wind with two threads one of each colour at the same time.

Note:  Don’t wind too tight as this will make cutting later a challenge!

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Carry on winding till you have good coverage and it looks a little like this!

Step 3 – Cut the wool

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Trim the end of the wool to match the edge of the template.  I like to do this close to the opening.

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I then peg the lose end in place so that I don’t need to try and hold it all together while cutting.

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Starting from the end without the peg, cut the wool the by placing the lower scissor blade in between the two layers of the template.

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Hold the lose thread in place with your thumb as you go around.  This is why you don’t want the centre hole too large as they will all fall out!

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Once you have cut the whole way around you should have something that looks a little like this!

Step 4 – Tie off the Toorie

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Cut a long piece of wool and pull it between the two layers of the template, tie the two ends together in a half knot.  Then wrap one side around a couple of times to keep it tight, and knot together.  Do not cut the long threads as you will need them to attach the Toorie to your Balmoral Bonnet.

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Pull off the cardboard template, and you have your Pom Pom Toorie!  Grab your scissors and trim off any little pieces that are sticking out too far.

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And there you are all finished!!

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2 thoughts on “Make Your Own Pom Pom ‘Toorie’ Tutorial

  1. Agggghhhh!! How have I never thought to cut a notch in the circles before?!?! I end up cutting long pieces and winding about 8 strands at a time. I'm definitely trying it your way next time

  2. That is how my mum taught me when I was little too! Except we only used one thread at a time. Definitely quicker this way 🙂 I've seen other cut a chunk out but then it is so hard to keep the threads in place. I think I will make a reusable set out of an old plastic folder, pom poms on everything!

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