DIY Yarn Ornament
I love that our family has a tradition to be extra crafty at Christmastime!
We love to create with our hands and always enjoy making a variety of Christmas-themed projects. Ornaments are my favorite projects to create this time of year.
So, I came up with this very simple Pom-pom Sheep Ornament – in the photo above you see my crochet version but I’ve also included a template for you that uses felt (instead of crochet) so no matter your skill level, you can make one of these cute sheep!
**Now there is a video tutorial to go with this project – I demonstrate how to use the Pom-pom maker, how to crochet the sheep head and put it all together – Check it out below***
Skill Level: Easy
2 1/2″ (65mm) and 3 3/8″ (85mm) approximate diameter of pom-poms
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Medium Weight acrylic yarn in white (1 skein will make several sheep) and black (small amount)
Optional: Black felt
Here are the 2 pom-pom makers that come in the “Large” Pom-pom maker kit
These make pom-poms that are 2 1/2″ (65mm) and 3 3/8″ (85mm) in diameter
First a pom-pom is made and then the sheep head is crocheted (or cut out of felt)
Eyes are glued on and then the head is glued to the pom-pom
Sc2tog (single crochet 2 together) = Insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp; insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp; YO, pull through all 3 lps on hk
Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides
Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique
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**Special Stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above
Pom-Pom – Photo Tutorial!
Make a pom-pom using Clover’s Pom-Pom Maker (see photo tutorial below) – It’s easy and fast!
Open pom-pom maker so arches look like the above image
Wrap one set of arches about 80 times with yarn making sure coverage is even and that you wrapped around both arches
End wrapping on right side as shown and fold arch into to center circle (in direction of arrow)
Here you can see the right arches folded in to the center circle
Wrap the left arches about 80 times making sure coverage is even
Fold these arches into to the center circle (following direction of arrow)
This is a view of the underside of both arches – Make sure the yarn is not covering the arch “feet” (as indicated by the arrows)
With scissors and making sure arches stay put in center circle, cut wrapped yarn – Scissors will be in the channel created by each arch
This is what the maker looks like once the yarn has been cut
Cut a long length of white yarn (Here it is shown with black yarn so easier to see) – about 12″ (30 mm)
Wrap length around the maker pulling inside the channels
Tie a very tight knot twice to secure the yarn
Open the arches on both sides
Pull apart both sides of the maker and remove pom-pom
Fluff yarn and trim any lengths that aren’t even with the rest of pom-pom
Tie long lengths in an overhand double-knot for the hanger
Tada! Your pom-pom is complete – I told you it was easy 🙂
**I’ve included 2 options for this part! Read on below to crochet the face or click on the image below to download a pdf template of the sheep head – Just cut out and trace onto black felt – tada! That easy! **
Here are both versions of the sheep – The ornament on the left has a crocheted face and the one on the right has a felt face
Felt Version – PDF Template- Click on image below to download:
With black yarn and hook, ch 4
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (3 sc) Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next st; 2 sc in next st. (5 sc) Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog in 1st 2 sts; sc in next st; sc2tog in last 2 sts. (3 sc) Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog in 1st 2 sts; sc2tog in prev. st and last st. (2 sc)
Now working up side of rows, ch 1;
Sl st in end of each of the next 3 rows; Do not fasten off.
Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of the next 2 chs;
Sl st across Row 1 (which is the top of the head);
Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next ch; Sk next ch
Sl st to side of Row 1 (on head);
Sl st down side of rows and across Row 4 (bottom of head). Fasten off.
Using yarn needle and yarn tails sew left ear down so not sticking up
Weave in ends
With hot glue attach googly eyes to head and attach head to pom-pom making sure it is in line with the hanger loop
*Important Safety Note: This ornament is intended to be used as a decoration and NOT a toy – if you are going to gift this ornament to a child under 3 years old, please use safety eyes or embroider eyes with yarn; Remember googly eyes are NOT safe for a child under 3**
Now your Pom-pom Sheep Ornament is complete!
Didn’t it turn out so cute? I hope you enjoyed making this project.
Thank you for stopping by and happy crocheting!
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