When the folks at Red Heart sent me a big box of yarn this non-knitter/non-crocheter was pumped! Just because I don’t use a hook or needles does not mean I do not love a good yarn craft. Especially when the yarn is pomp-a-doodle as in yarn with built in pompoms. Oh this stuff has some serious possibilities. I just happen to have a naked straw beach bag on hand that needed a makeover so the timing was perfect.
Making pompoms can be time consuming. A skein of readymade poms could be a real blessing for so many different types of crafts. I could have zipped through my pompom pillow, table top Christmas tree made of yarn and pompom covered wreath with some of this yarn!
Pomp-a-doodle comes in several different color combinations and solids. Fingers crossed they come out with Halloween and Christmas colors. Oh the crafts I could make with those! Anyway, I opted for the light blue since it seemed beachy like my bag.
Makeover Your Plain Wicker Beach Tote With a Skien of Pompom Yarn
I was unsure of how I was going to get the pompom yarn attached to the bag. Sure cutting the pompoms off the yarn and gluing them to my bag was an option, but I wanted to try and weave them in. Plus I like the look of the cording between the pompoms.
Step 1 – Check the Weave of The Woven Straw Beach Bag
You need the right beach bag for this job. The woven straw beach tote I had has loops that I could easily use to weave, knot or tie.
Step 2 – Pull the Yarn Through The Straw
There is about 2″s of cording between each pompom in Pomp-a-Doodle yarn. The knotting for this beach bag is done with the yarn between the pompoms. Pull a loop of cording through one of the spaces in the woven bag making a U shape.
Step 3 – Knot the Pompom Yarn
Pull the next pompom on the yarn through the loop of yarn cording. This will make a knot. Continue this with every few loops in the weave of the straw bag. How many spaces you leave will depend on the bag.
How much of your beach bag gets a pompom makeover is up to you. Cover the entire thing, just the very top or maybe half. I’m a fan of more pompoms myself, but then of course I am.
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