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Make Bommel yourself - make Bommel for hats

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  • material
    • Tips on the materials
    • Make a bobble stencil
  • Make a bobble with a DIY stencil
  • Make Bommel with a purchased template
  • Extra Instructions: Create Mini Pompon

The most beautiful thing about the winter cap is undoubtedly the pompom. Apart from being the fashionable icing on the cake of the warming headgear, it also brings joy to touch the soft, fluffy particle over and over again. If you make your cap on your own, you should also make the pompom yourself - an act that is neither difficult nor time consuming. We will show you step by step how to proceed!

A bobble or a pompon - as the little brother is called - must not be missing on any trendy bobble hat. Of course, you can buy a ready-made hat complete with pompom or pompom in the trade. However, such a garment often costs relatively much, so it is much cheaper to knit or crochet the winter hat itself. To round it off, you should cast a pompom. Alternatively, you can also upgrade an existing hat without pompom with a pompom. In any case, the creation of the fluffy piece of jewelry is very simple. Follow our instructions and wrap your pompom in the color of your choice!


You need this:

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  • Wool
  • twine
  • template
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • compasses
  • Darning or embroidery needle

Tips on the materials

a) The thicker the wool, the better.

b) Wool and twine should match each other and the cap. In addition to single-colored pompoms also colorful designs come into question. To do this, you simply have to take the same length of thread of the different wool colors when making your own crafts.

c) You can make or buy the template yourself.

d) The scissors should be as sharp as possible. In question comes, for example, a nail or a pair of scissors.

e) Instead of the circle you can also use circular vessels, such as glasses or bowls. If you have a circle, you should also use it for a perfect result.

f) It is advisable to use a thick stuffing or embroidery needle for wrapping. However, this is not a must. You can also work with your hands or fingers.
Before we start with the step-by-step instructions, we would like to give you more information about the template. As we said earlier, you can buy the template for your pompom (in any well-assorted craft shop) or create it yourself. Both variants have their advantages and disadvantages, which we would like to briefly explain:

The advantages of the self-made template:
+ You can design the template in your desired size.
+ Since you only need a piece of cardboard, a compass or round containers, a pencil and a pair of scissors (ie materials that you probably have in stock at home), the home-made variant is inexpensive (er).

The disadvantages of the homemade stencil:
- You have to make a new template for each bobble.
- The act of winding is more difficult and laborious from the hand.
The advantages of the purchased template:
+ A template can be used for any number of pompoms.
+ The act of winding is much easier to do by hand. This is because the purchased template consists of two separable and reassemblable semicircles, while the self-made design is a complete circle.

The disadvantages of the purchased template:
- You are dependent on the sizes available in the craft shop.
- The costs are slightly higher.
All in all, the pros and cons of the self-made and purchased stencil thus balance each other. Decide for yourself which criteria are the most important for you.

Make a bobble stencil

Step 1: Take solid cardboard (depending on the desired pommel size Din A4 or Din A5), a compass (or two circular vessels in different sizes plus pencil) and a pair of sharp scissors at hand.

Step 2: Draw two circles on the cardboard. One circle surrounds the other. For a large bobble, the outer circle should measure about ten to eleven centimeters. The diameter of the inner circle is always about one third of the outer circle, in our case about three to four centimeters.

Important: Regardless of the exact measurement you use, the diameter of the inner circle should always be at least as large as the ring is wide (red mark in our picture). In addition, the ring must be as wide as possible on all sides - this is especially important when using vessels instead of the circle. When working with the latter, you can pull both the inner and outer circle out of the same puncture point.

Step 3: Cut out the inner ring along the line. Use sharp scissors and work carefully.

4th step: Then cut out the outer circle - again along the line and with the help of sharp scissors.

Step 5: Repeat the previous steps. You need the template twice.

Make a bobble with a DIY stencil

Step 1: Place the two cardboard rings (ie your template), the wool, the twine, the scissors and possibly a thick darning or embroidery needle in front of you on the worktop.

Step 2: Pick up the cardboard rings and put them on top of each other.

Step 3: Then grab the wool and scissors. First, wind and cut a small ball of thread that fits through the opening of the template.

4th step: Now you begin to wrap the stacked cardboard rings with the ball of yarn. Lay the starting thread a little obliquely on the cardboard, hold it firmly with one or two fingers and then wrap it around. After the first few wrap rounds he stops by himself.

Tip: If you find it unpleasant to wrap around with your fingers, you can use a darning or embroidery needle.

5th step: continue winding. The smoother and tidier you proceed, the more beautiful the Bommel will look in the end. So, be careful. In addition, it is advisable to wrap a very thick wool layer to obtain a particularly dense pompom. The wool should bulge around the cardboard ring.

Tip: If the ball of wool that was unwound and cut in step 3 is over, just cut off another long piece of wool and continue working with it. Retain the end of the last thread until it is wrapped in the new piece and stops by itself.

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Step 8: Take a sufficiently long thread to hand. Gently place it around between the two cardboard discs and then tighten. Then make two to three tight knots (up to the middle of the bobble).

Step 9: Cut off the excess thread if necessary. But make sure that it is not too short - you still need him to sew the pompom to the cap.

Step 10: Slide the finished bobble through the central cardboard hole or cut open the cardboard to release the bobble from the template.

Step 11: Knead your pompom into a well-formed ball. Are here and there a few fringes too long ">

Make Bommel with a purchased template

Step 1: Place the purchased template ("Pompon Maker", consisting of double semicircles made of plastic), the wool, the twine and the scissors in front of you on the worktop.

Tip: When buying a stencil, the use of a darning or embroidery needle is usually superfluous, since the subsequent wrapping also works without problems by hand.

Step 2: Place the wool thread in the unfolded template as follows. Then close them. The ball of yarn is at the end of the thread, which looks out at the round side.

Note: While you always have to cut off a piece of the wool in the homemade paper dolls, you can wrap the purchased template directly from the whole ball of wool.

Step 3: Now wrap the template from outside to inside with the wool. Wrap until a really thick wool layer has formed.

4th step: If the pompom is thick enough, cut off the thread.

Step 5: Now it's getting exciting. Cut the wool apart at the outer edge of the curve. Hold the pompom firmly with the other hand so that nothing can come loose. The thread piece from step 2 is also cut through and can then be used to tie the pompom together. Tie the bobble halves well in the middle.

Step 6: Now knead your pompom into a pretty ball. Too long fringes you can also cut with scissors. Work carefully and do not overdo it. Ready is your accessory!

Extra Instructions: Create Mini Pompon

Finally, an extra guide to the creation of a mini pompom, so a pompom. Although theoretically you could also use the conventional Bommel instructions and the cardboard or purchased template simply make a few numbers smaller or choose. However, there is a simple trick to shorten the matter.

You need this:

  • yarn
  • twine
  • fork
  • blunt darning needle
  • scissors

How to proceed:

Step 1: First wrap the yarn around the fork until you get a nice ball.

Tip: The more you wrap the fork with the yarn, the denser your pompom becomes.

Step 2: Thread the twine thread onto the blunt darning needle. Then feed them through the yarn ball between the tines of the fork.

Step 3: Pull the two ends of the thread together and secure with a simple knot.

Tip: Do not pull the knot taut, otherwise you will not get the pompom off the fork.

Step 4: Carefully push the yarn ball off the fork.

Step 5: Pull the knot taut and make two more of them.

Step 6: Cut all loops with the scissors and then shorten the twine so that there is another piece left for sewing.

Step 7: Shape your pompon by cutting off excess yarn and pulling the threads slightly. Finished!

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