Who’s been living on a diet of ice lollies, watermelon and frozen Margaritas this summer? Christine Leech of @sewyeah has a fantastic pompom tutorial to keep your summer tastebuds tingling! If, like Christine, you are a fan of the retro Fab lolly then this fabulous pompom version is one for you.
- Pom-Pom Maker (Large)
- Paintbox Yarns Simply DK
- Paintbox Simply DK yarn in Lipstick Pink
- Paintbox Simply DK yarn in Seville Orange
- Paintbox Simply DK yarn in Paper White
- Paintbox Simply DK yarn in Bubblegum Pink
- Paintbox Simply DK yarn in Buttercup Yellow
- Paintbox Simply DK yarn in Coffee Bean
- Glue gun
- Lolly sticks
- Coffee stirrers (only as a back-up)
To make the first pompom. Take the red yarn and fill one half of the pompom maker with it. Try and wrap back and forth so the yarn covers the maker evenly.
Flip it over. On the other half of the maker, cover one half of it with white yarn then use your red again to cover the rest.
Cut the pompom open. Carefully secure around the middle with another piece of yarn and then remove from the maker.
Trimming time! Trim the bottom of the white half of the pompom so it is flat (but don’t trim the sides).
To make the second pompom. Fill one half of the pompom maker with white yarn
Let's get sprinkly. Now, we’re going to get a little crazy and make the multi-coloured sprinkles to make your icy lolly look the part. For this, you need to wrap all of the yarn colours at the same time. Gather 4 strands of brown yarn with a strand each of yellow, pink, neon pink, white, red and orange. Wind all these together till the half of the maker is full.
More sprinkles! If there’s any space left on the white yarn half of the maker wind a few wraps of the sprinkles on here too.
Complete the pompom. Then remove from the maker. Trim the white half of the pompom as before.
Now that your pompoms are trimmed, stack them together, white side to white side. You'll be able to see the icy lolly starting to form.
Gluing time. Using a glue gun, place a little glue on one of the white flat areas of one of the pompoms. Press the two white sections together for a few seconds until the glue dries.
Let's start shaping. First trim around the pompom column taking care to blend the white areas together. The more you trim the more disguised the join will be.
Finishing touches. Trim the top into a gentle curve and trim the bottom red area so it’s flat.
To get the right shape for the pompom ice lolly, it’s probably best to get a few from the shop for comparison - Honestly, that’s the only reason!
To add the lolly stick. Cut the top off the ice lolly stick and trim to a sharp point. Add a little glue to the point of the stick and insert it into the base of the pompom.
If your ice lolly seems a bit wobbly you can try adding one of those small wooden coffee stirrers into the pompom too – as these are smaller than the ice lolly stick they can travel further into the pompom to add stability and hold it upright.