We have been saying the words Pompkin with glee all weekend in my household. Isn’t it a wonderful word? We haven’t had a craft project on the blog for a really long time so when Morgan Webber, a good friend and the craftiest person I know offered up a Halloween themed craft – how could I refuse?
Morgan runs online shop Thunder & Lightning Shop selling fantastically kitschy, glittery and colourful clothing, accessories and prints produced by UK Based Indie Brands and is co-founder of “Morgs and Jen’s Sewcial Club’ alongside textile designer Jenni Wilson. The duo run workshops with ideas focusing on recycling and sustainability. The workshops which are developed include up-cyling, Pom Pom Headbands, Christmas Garland making and beginners basic knitting & crochet classes, all held at local pub’s or bar’s in South East London. Over to Morgan…
‘Pompkins’ are super quick and easy to make and perfect to do with little kids in preparation for getting the home ready for Autumn or a Halloween Party and are much prettier looking that some of the plasticky, cheap decorations you find in the shops. The materials needed are inexpensive and can be found at Hobbycraft or through craft supply sellers on Amazon or Ebay, but I do recommend seeking out any local independent haberdashers or craft shops first, supporting your local indie retailers is something very close both our hearts!
- 50g Ball Orange Acrylic DK (Double Knit) Yarn
- Green Pipe Cleaners
- XL & Medium Pom Pom Maker (These come in a set of Four with XL, Large, Medium & Small Sized makers)
First start by making up the pom poms, open up one side of the pom pom maker and start to wrap the yarn around it until it is full and you have filled in the half moon gap. The more your wrap the fatter the pom pom will be! Once one side if full, cut the yarn, close that side of the pom pom maker and repeat the same again with the other side.
When you are finished take the scissors and carefully snip around the edge of the pom pom maker, there is a groove under the yarn that will make cutting a little easier. Be careful not to let the pom pom maker open up and spill out!
Cut an approximately 10cm length of yarn and wrap it round the middle of the pom pom maker, tying it off tightly into a knot. Maybe wrap around and knot a couple of times to make sure it stays secure. Do not trim the excess, you will need this later!
Open up the arms of the pom pom maker, then pull apart the two sides and a fully formed pom pom should emerge!
Give the pom pom a little fluff up with your fingers and using the scissors give the pom pom a hair cut, making the length of the strands as even as possible. Gather together a few strands of thread at the top of the pom pom and carefully beginning wrapping a pipe cleaner around from the base to the top. You can play about with this a bit either cutting it off or manipulating it into appropriate stalk shapes!
Once made – Pompkins have many uses – we used ours to make a garland and also to pin onto headbands for an off-duty Halloween look!
You can find ‘Morgs and Jen’s Sewcial Club’s next glittery, pom pom covered set of workshops in a new part of town for them at the Cabaret Vs Cancer Vintage & Craft Bazaar on Sunday 26th November at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. More details can be found on their website. The entrance fee (kids are free too!) and part of each participant’s go to the charity who helps those affected by cancer.
Author: Rohini Wahi
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