How to Make a Chic Pom-Pom Rug

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Choosing the right shape, color and size of rug for your space can be tricky. Take matters into your own hands and create a rug that is not only soft and cozy but can also be custom-made to match your decor. Fun and whimsical pom-poms bring beautiful texture and warmth to your space, and they serve as a unique alternative to a sheepskin rug.

Image Credit: Lucy Akins
Image Credit: Lucy Akins
Image Credit: Lucy Akins

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn

  • Pom-pom maker

  • Scissors

  • Non-skid rug pad

Tip

There are several ways to make a pom-pom. You can refer to this tutorial for an alternative method, but a pom-pom maker offers the fastest method. The large one makes pom-poms with diameters of 2½ inches (65 mm) and 3 3/8 inches (85 mm). The small one makes pom-poms with diameters of 1 3/8 inches (35 mm) and 1 5/8 inches (45 mm). The actual size of the pom-poms will vary based on the thickness of yarn and amount of times the yarn is wrapped around the maker.

Step 1

Wind the yarn around each arch, starting from the left side and moving towards the right. Make sure both arches are entirely covered with yarn.

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Step 2

Wrap the yarn around the pom-pom maker until the surface of the maker is covered, and then close it tightly.

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Step 3

Place scissors in the gap between the arches and carefully cut through the yarn.

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Step 4

Cut a long piece of yarn and thread it between the arches. Tie it into a tight double knot. Don't clip off the long tails of yarn — they will be used to tie the pom-pom onto the under-padding.

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Tip

Be sure to tie your knots tightly to prevent the pom-pom from unraveling.

Step 5

Separate the top and bottom of the pom-pom maker to release the pom-pom. Fluff and shape your pom-pom to its desired shape.

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Step 6

Trim and shape any longer pieces of yarn from the pom-pom, but again leave the long tails intact.

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Step 7

Make as many pom-poms as needed to fit your desired rug size. This particular rug measures 3 feet by 1½ feet and required 12 skeins of yarn, yielding approximately 120 pom-poms.

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Step 8

Thread the long tails of the pom-pom through the holes of the non-skid rug pad.

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Step 9

Tie the yarn into a secure double knot and trim the ends.

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Step 10

Continue threading pom-poms through the rug pad and tying each securely in place. For this rug, the pom-poms were tied in an organic and irregular shape to add some interest, but you can elect to tie them in a more uniform fashion to create a perfectly rectangular or round rug.

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Step 11

Trim any excess padding with scissors.

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These pom-pom rugs can be draped over a chair, at the end of your bed or even used as a wall hanging. There are no set rules when it comes to creating your own unique space!

Image Credit: Lucy Akins
Image Credit: Lucy Akins
Image Credit: Lucy Akins