Saturday, 17 November 2012

Pom Pom Santa and Snowman

Simon and I had an idea to do a Santa and Snowmen made from pom poms and this is what we came up with.  I personally think they look just sooooo cute!

Now, I know I missed out some photos, but to be honest, they aren't difficult at all and I'm sure you'll get my meaning as we go along.  So, to begin with this is a list of what you need:

Red wool
White wool
Googly eyes
Small white pom pom (tip of Santa's hat)
Small red pom pom (Santa's nose)
Orange pipe cleaner (snowman nose)
Glue gun and glue sticks

To make the snowman, you will need two white pom poms, one large and one small.  For Santa, you will need two pom poms, a small white one and a large red one.

I think most people know how to make a pom pom, but for those who missed out on all this fun when you were kids, here's how.  Take the cardboard and cut 2 circles the same size and cut out a small circle in the centre for the hole.  You will need to make two different sized pom poms, a large one for the body and small one for the head.  You need to keep the two circles together for the pom pom making.

To start, you need to hold onto the end of the wool and keep winding it over and over through the hole in the cardboard.  Keep going until you cannot get any more or very little wool through the hole, as in picture 1.

Once you have got that far, you will need to cut open your pom pom.  To do that you need to move the wool until you can get to the cardboard.  Put the scissors in between the cardboard and cut the wool all the way round the circle.  Then remove the cardboard.  Fluff out the pom pom, as in picture 2 and 3.


Do the same for the large pom pom.


You need to attach the small and large pom poms to each other.  There are two ways you could do this, one is to glue them, the other is the tie them together; which means you will have to try to get the wool tucked into the wool of the pom pom so that you don't see it.  This is how I did mine, as in picture 4.

This is what you end up with.


This is what you end up with.

Now, for the hats.  You will need to do some knitting!  Nothing complicated, I can only do 'knit', so nice and easy.  For the hats, you will need to cast on 30 stitches, knit 3 rows and then decrease one stitch each row until you get all the way to the end and cast off completely the last stitch, as in picture 7 and 8.

The bit I didn't take a picture of is the sewing bit.  Sew the two sides of the hat together and turn in the right way.  

For the snowman, you will need to knit a small scarf.  Cast on 4 stitches and keep knitting until it is as long as you want it to be, depending on the size of your pom poms, as in picture 9.


For Santa: Glue the hat on place on Santa's head and then glue the small white pom pom to the end of his hat, as in picture 10.

For snowman:  Glue the hat in place on his head and then put his scarf on, tying it in place, as in picture 11.

For the snowman:  Glue on his googly eyes, pipe cleaner for his nose and two buttons for his tummy, as in picture 12.


The only other thing I did with him was to add a little bell to the tip of his hat.  And that is him done.

You can just about see his bell in this picture!

One cute little snowman!!!

Now, Santa needs a beard and he also needs a white trim for his hat.  And as I can only do basic knitting, I added the white trim after I had glued on his hat, rather than knitting the first bit white and then red!!!  Actually I think it looks cute done my way.  So for the trim to you will need the white wool, cast on 30 stitches, kit 3 rows and cast off.  Glue in place on the edge of Santa's hat, as in picture 15.

For Santa's beard, again some knitting.  Using the white wool, cast on 20 stitches, knit 3 rows and then decrease each row by one stitch until you get to the end, cast of the last stitch!  Beard done.

Glue his beard in place, and then it makes it easier to position his eyes and nose, glue them in place also.

And I think that is our Santa all completed too.

I really enjoyed making these two little guys, I hope you all enjoy making your own, and even adding your own variations.  I had my Santa and Snowman matching with the red and white wools, but there is now reason why your snowman can't have a different colour hat and scarf.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Christmas Robins

So, I've not put anything on here for a couple of weeks, but I now have a few more things to put up, the first being Christmas Robins!  I think these are such cute little things, Simon said they weren't very Christmasy at first, until I made one and then he said that they are rather cute. So, here's a sneak peak and then I'll show you how to make them.  You can use either dark or light brown or even a biscuit coloured felt, I have done some in each colour and they look lovely, so you may want to experiment on your colours.

So collect the bits you need (forgot to do a picture here, so I will just list everything instead):

Dark and light Brown or biscuit coloured felt
Red felt
White felt
Small brown beads
Red embroidery thread
Brown embroidery thread
Soft toy filling

You will need to cut out the two different sized circle shapes, two large circles large in brown felt, the smaller in red felt.  Cut one diamond shape for the beak (in brown felt) and two white circles for the eyes.

Take the large brown circle and the red circle, as in picture 1...

Put the red circle on the brown circle, with edges touching on one side, using a running stitch sew around the red circle, as in picture 2.

This is what you end up with, as in picture 3.

Next you take the white felt and sew into place with a few over stitches in the centre of the circle, and add a bead for each eye centre, as in pictures 4 and 5.

This is what you end up with, as in picture 5.

Next, take the beak and stitch in place between the eyes with just a few stitches, as in picture 6.

This is how the beak should be, as in picture 7.

Next take the second large brown circle and place at the back of the robin, as in picture 8.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around the edges of the robin, as in picture 9.

Leave a big enough gap to add the filling, as in picture 10.

Add the filling to the robin, but don't over fill it as the stitching will pull, as in picture 11.

Finish sewing around the edge of the circles, as in picture 12.

Last thing to do is toadd the hanging ribbon, which you just need to sew onto the back of the robin, at the top, as in picture 13.

And there you have it, one little robin all finished.  now you can show your friends and teach them to make this very cute little christmas robin!!!