Pompom Pokémon Book Review! August 19, 2017 22:29
Editor's Note: You can pick up a copy of the book here.
Today I'm going to be using this cute Japanese craft book to make some Pokémon out of Pompoms!
Don't they look great on the cover!
Let's see how they are made...
First up - gathering supplies. You need wool in various colors, matching felt for ears and tails, fabric for details like eyes, needle, thread, card, tracing paper, pencil, scissors, glue and binder clips.
Next you need to make the pompom templates. If you already have the correct size of plastic pompom makers that you can buy from craft stores, then you don't need to do this step, but it's nice that the book doesn't assume you will have them. You can easily make your own with card and binder clips.
Now let's try making Pikachu!
It has been many years since I last made a pompom, but the book has really easy to follow photos for all the steps.
First comes wrapping each half in wool... Lots and lots of wrapping! Then you clip the two halves together, and cut all the way around.
Tie some wool tightly through the gap in the middle and remove the template pieces. The ball looks a bit straggly to start with, but you just trim it all over till it's nice and even.
This is then repeated for the body, except that this time there are two colors of wool used for part of it. These will become stripes on the back!
The book uses simple diagrams of the pompom template showing each of the colors to use and in what order. It also says how many times round you should wrap each color.
Once the second pompom is finished, the two are sewn together. Then it's time to move onto the felt details.
There are various templates to trace and cut out of felt and fabric. These are glued together, and finally glued onto the pompom body.
I found that getting the pieces to stick onto the wool body can be a little hard and the wool moves around a lot so sometimes they don't end up quite where you hoped. However, after persevering and holding things in place long enough to dry, I finally have a little Pikachu!
He’s not as neat as the one in the book, but I think he's okay for my first attempt!
However, since the book has so many patterns, I couldn't stop just there...
Here's my little collection of Pokemon so far!
Jigglypuff uses a bigger size of pompom, and has a little half pompom on top of the head. Squirtle has lots of different colors to make the shell, and also has thread details that are glued on - these are quite fiddly! Eevee is trimmed in a way so that half the ball is smaller than the other, giving a fluffy mane effect.
This is a great book, full of really easy to follow photos and diagrams. Even though it is all in Japanese, I didn't have to try and translate anything!
The only downside to using a book rather than a kit is that you do need to get all the supplies before you can start, and if you don't have exactly the same supplies, things like the wool wrapping counts might not be quite right. However, now I've worked out that doubling the numbers worked best for my wool, the benefit of the book is that I have instructions to make a whopping 32 Pokemon!
And with that, I think it's time to go make another! After all, you gotta make ‘em all...
Editor's Note: You can pick up a copy of the book here. Also, check out our video of Nikki actually making a few of the Pokemon found in the book!