Making Pom Pom Pillows

November 29, 2011

pom pomsHow do I make the frame to make vintage pom pom pillows? I need directions. Thank you.

By Cindy C.



December 30, 20110 found this helpful

First make a wood frame larger than the finished size of the pillow top. Next mark the frame at carefully measured intervals but I don't remember if you want an even or odd number of marks. Drive long nails into this marks deep enough to stay, but leave sticking out.

The yarn is woven back and forth across these but I don't remember the pattern; I presume you do all one direction and then at the corner, go around the nail there and go in the other direction keeping the tension the SAME on the yarn and do this until there are at lease three yarns around each nail. It can't be too tight or you will never be able to to slip the yarn off the nails.

When you have finished weaving the yarn, next make the pompoms by tying three or four (again not sure of the number) pieces of short yarn around the yarn on the frame where the yarns cross. Fluff out and trim, and then carefully remove from the frame. Sorry I can't be more exact.

November 30, 20131 found this helpful

Hi I have been making these pom pom pillow frames for 60 years,and still teaching in the schools, if I can help you.
e-mail sarbu AT

September 8, 20210 found this helpful

Can you post a picture of the frame for the pom pom pillow tops?

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November 9, 2010

I was needing to know how to do the pom-pom pillow board.

By nanna from Dallas, TX


November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I ran across this site and seen a person named peterssue has the board that makes pom pom pillow tops. I am also trying to find out how as I did them years ago. I need to no the size of the board and how far apart the nails were. If I remember right I used 3 different yards and cut all the way down to last 8.


I cant recall how many times I did each color. Anyone that could help I would be so thankfull. I would like to do these again as a winter hobby. thank you so much

August 10, 20110 found this helpful

I have a frame that is a 15 x15. There are 9 nails spread evenly apart. I have attached a picture, not a great drawing but hopefully you will get the idea. If you need more info, please email me at angelfyre05 AT My name is Cathy.

January 9, 20180 found this helpful

My loom is 24 by 24 a total of 44 nails 11 on each side about 1and a half inches apart. Its made with 2 inch wide boards.

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November 21, 2018

I want to make pom pom pillows for Christmas. Can someone help me?


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November 25, 20180 found this helpful

These are fun and easy:

Watch a Hallmark movie while you make them! Makes it a fun evening!

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July 17, 2011

I am looking for the pattern to make pom pom pillows and rugs. I need all the information, how to make the loom, and how to make the pillow tops/rugs. I made one about 40 years ago when I was in elementary school, but the great aunt that taught me how to do it is no longer alive, and no one around where I live knows the information, but they remember the pillows and rugs!


By dcsejkora from Burchard, NE


July 21, 20110 found this helpful

July 30, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you, but I was looking for a frame that nails on it that I wound yarn around many times, then tied and clipped.
Your rug looks it would be fun to run my toes through! I might have to try making one of those.

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April 1, 2010

I'm looking for the dimensions and specs to remake a square box made of wood used to make the old yarn pom pom pillows. Please is there anyone out there that can help?

By Jenny phillips from Clinton, TN


April 2, 20100 found this helpful

If it was me, I'd buy a wooden picture frame the size of the cushion I wanted and measure it. Put in nails about 2 cms apart. I know there is supposed to be an odd number on each side.


The type of looms used for weaving often have 1 cms apart so I guess that 2 cms will be right for the pom poms. You might have to have a few experiments to get it to suit you.

Long time since I've done those cushions. My last attempt was by making a smaller loom out of card not wood.
Good Luck!

September 1, 20130 found this helpful

The frame should have 2 sides even on opposite sides and 2 sides odd.

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January 16, 2014

I need to know how to make the frame and directions on how to wrap the yarn around and how to tie off and remove the pillow top. Can someone give me info or directions on the size of frame?

By Sandi


September 8, 20210 found this helpful

I am wondering if you ever found the patterns for the old fashion pom pom pillows. If so can you please help me out.


I'm looking for the same information you were looking for. I will gladly pay for the directions.

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September 1, 2013

Can anyone tell me what is the best way to tie the centres? Thanks.

By Karen from United Kingdom

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January 17, 2013

I use to have a frame and instructions for making pom pom pillows, but have lost both. Could someone please send me the instructions for the making of the frame? Thanks for the help.

By MLN from WY

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November 5, 2012

I have finished wrapping the yarn onto the square board with the nails, I can't remember how to cut the four corners. Please help.

By rosesubin

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