Anyone else having trouble finding a spot on the couch today?!? 🙂
I love Christmas!!! It’s my favorite holiday! Once the preparations are complete and the food bought for the big meal, I can finally relax. After the gifts are open, we all just spend the day enjoying each other, eating way too much good food and a napping in front of a few great old movies.
Even on special days you can usually find me crafting something and Christmas Day is no different. I am working on the cutest pom-pom rug project! It will take me a couple of days to complete, but I think the outcome is going to be beautiful and it’s so easy to make pom-pom’s if you have the right tools.
Here’s a peek at the bucket of pom-pom’s for the project so far….
There is so much color and movement in here!!! I love Poms!!!
This project idea came to me about 3 or 4 days before the holiday. I have been organizing my working spaces and trying to sort things in a way I can understand so that I can share them with you and I kept coming across little balls of yarn….everywhere.
So many leftover stashes of yarn….leftovers from projects I have worked over the last year stuck in bowls, boxes and corners that I had to do something. I hate to waste anything crafty…I’m just sure as soon as I throw something away I will be back at the craft store buying it all over again. It’s happened before…several times…and besides, I hate throwing away unused yarn.
Now, I would keep stashing yarn in little balls all around my crafting space, but I just can’t do it. The clutter of it all makes me feel unorganized and not knowing what to do with it all….well, lets just say I had to come up with something.
The results of searching for ways to bust a yarn stash came down to two projects. One is to make yo-yo’s for a Cluster Blanket like Sarah London offers in her tutorial. Her photos are stunning and the blanket turned out just lovely. Yo-Yo’s are easy to make and work up quickly…it is a beautiful project.
The other was to create a pom-pom rug from the left overs.
Since I still feel a little stressed from working patterns through to Christmas Eve, I welcomed the pom-pom project hands down! I knew I had the tool to make it easy, quick and fun! All the things I love about a project!!
Gracie got a kids crafting book for Christmas last year that taught her how to make pom-pom kitties. The bonus for me is that it came with a pom-pom maker!! She brought me the tool and even helped me make some poms before she disappeared to play with her new gifts again.
I’ve made so many poms that Hubs was laughing last night at the bucket and inquired if I had enough pom-poms yet or not….so I beat him with a couple of them, lol!
Seriously though, it’s going to take a lot of pom-pom’s for this rug….I’m just getting started.
I bought the non-slip rug piece at a local dollar store months ago for a different rug I had made. It was suppose to be the non-slip backing I needed, but I never got around to attaching it and now it’s getting a new purpose!
You don’t have to have any experience with yarn or making pom-pom’s at all to make one for yourself. If you don’t have a stash of yarn, that’s even better. You can go to the store and pick out some colors you love and get started. I would buy one skein of each color and pick a minimum of three. My pom-pom maker creates 4″ poms and I think they are perfect, but you can get various sizing pom makers at any craft store or online. There are also some really creative ways to make them without even buying the pom tool. Some use cuts of cardboard and others recommend wrapping yarn around your fingers. What ever way is most comfortable for you is the right way!
I have made poms in the past by wrapping the yarn around cardboard and although it did the job, there was a lot of trim work necessary to make the pom look uniform. Yesterday using the pom maker I realized not only how easy it is to use, but the mess is minimal with only a few stray long strands of yarn that need to be trimmed. When you finish the pom and you are ready to place the knot around it, make sure you leave a long enough tail to wrap around the mesh of the non-skid rug.
There is no right way or wrong way to attach your poms to the rug. I used a surgeon’s knot to secure the poms together and also to the mesh, but you can use what ever method to secure them you wish. If you don’t know how to make a surgeon’s knot, there is a great YouTube tutorial here.
The color coordination is totally up to your taste and preferences. You can use any kind of weight of yarn you want, just be aware that the finer the yarn, the more wraps it will take to make your pom.
Since the rug isn’t complete….or really started yet, I will post completed photos when it is done and let you know if I run into any issues either in putting it together or with the wear and tear of the piece.
I hope you are enjoying a few days off of work to enjoy with your family. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it really is about the spirit of it all. If you decide to work up a stash buster project of your own, I would love to hear about it. I’m always interested in new ideas and project sharing.