I’m sharing two last minute projects inspired by stuff I saw on the internet. First up are these pom-pom gnomes. I saw this pom-pom Santa knew I wanted to make my own. The instructions are pretty self-explanatory so I’m going to keep this simple.
1 inch wood bead
10mm wood bead
tiny bit of fiberfill stuffing
your choice of pom-pom maker
For the pom-pom, I used the Clover Large Pom Pom Maker that I had bought on a whim a while back. It had been sitting around FOREVAH, so I finally busted it open and tried my hand at pom-poms. The first few were not pretty. I had to check out a video before I learned the secret tip to success. Wanna know what I know?
TIP: Wrap the yarn until the arm of the pom-pom maker is a half-moon shape, and don’t leave any space in the inner arch. In other words, over-wrap it. Then, when you tie the pom-pom, it’ll actually tighten instead of leaving a donut hole in your pom-pom.
You can see that the green one was a loosey-goosey pom-pom that I had to finagle to get right. Then I overstuffed the red one and it’s nice and dense.
Since I used the large version, the pom-poms I made were too big for the beads I had, so I did a lot of trimming. A LOT of trimming.
For the head/face, I crocheted the red hat using the pattern from my winter gnome. For the green hat, I used the following pattern.
Round 1. Sc 4 into magic circle.
Round 2. *Work 1 sc into next st, then 2 sc into next stitch* 2x. (6 st)
Round 3. Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (6 st)
Round 4. *Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (8 st)
Round 5. Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (8 st)
Round 6. *Work 1 sc in each of next 3 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (10 st)
Round 7. Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (10 st)
Round 8. *Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (12 st)
Round 9. Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (12 st)
Round 10. *Work 1 sc in each of next 7 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (14 st)
Round 11. Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (14 st)
Hot glue the hat about halfway down on the 1 in wood bead.
Hot glue the 10mm wood bead on as the nose, nestled right under the rim of the hat.
Hot glue the hat/head/nose combo onto the pom-pom you created earlier. You might have to part the pom-pom a bit to find a good place to glue the head down.
As a finishing touch, pull a bit of loose fiberfill stuffing and glue to the head as a beard. I glued the beard on “behind the ears”, so to speak, so I could adjust the beard in the front to hang out right under the nose. And fluff it as necessary.
Sew a bit of string through the top of the hat and this doll turns into an ornament!