Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pompom Garland Tutorial

I made this pompom garland at Crafternoon last week. It was so easy to make and now has pride of place hanging over my lounge room window. I have provided links to show you where you can purchase the pompom and cord for hanging. Have fun making your very own garland.

Pompom garland tutorial

You will need

blunt end large tapestry needle (available from sewing shops or Spotlight)


Thread a length of nylon cord onto your tapestry needle. Then simply sew the pompoms along the cord, evenly spaced. The pompoms will stay in place along the cord so you do not need to tie knots in the cord. Tie loops at each end for hanging. Voila! You have made your own pompom garland!

Christmas Tragicrafting

Time for a craft show and tell! Here are some projects I have completed in the lead up to Christmas. Some of them were made during Crafternoon - where a bunch of friends and I got together and ate iced-vovos and gingerbread cats while crafting some christmas bonbons and hats. I just love Crafternoons, I highly recommend that everyone start up their own crafternoon.

We made christmas crackers. I put mini whisks, handmade hats and jokes inside...

We made christmas hats to be worn at the table at Christmas day lunch...

We made pompom garlands. You can use small pompoms to make a necklace or christmas tree decoration and large ones to make a long garland to decorate your house. In my next blog post I will provide a tutorial for making the pompom garland.

Merry Christmas and happy making!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Easiest ever crochet newborn baby beanie

It has been too long since I have posted a free crochet pattern on my blog. I've been back teaching full-time this year so I haven't has as much time as I would like to write up and design patterns. But the joys of being a teacher include having 6 weeks off over summer - yayy! So here is a pattern I have designed to make THE EASIEST EVER newborn baby hat. It takes me less than 15 minutes to whip one up. Even beginners should be able to get a good result.

Newborn Hat Pattern (white wool and 5mm hook)

Round 1: Ch4 (this counts as one dc), 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. (12dc) Do not join.
Round 2: 2 dc into 4th ch of ch4 from previous row, 2dc in each st around. (24dc) Do not join.
R3: *dc in 1st st, 2dc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (36dc) Do not join.
Round 4 – 9: dc in each st. (36dc)
Round 10: hdc in each st to last 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts, ss to finish off.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Finished measurements: approximately 5.5 inches tall and 6 inches wide.

©melpdesigns 2012. Permission is granted to make and sell items made from this pattern, but please kindly reference me as the designer. Please do not sell or distribute this pattern.

How did you go? Was the pattern super easy or what?!