Makeover Your Plain Wicker Beach Tote With a Skien of Pompom Yarn

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.  

Beach bag with aqua pompoms.

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!

Pompadoodle yarn from Red Heart

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.

Straw beach bag with pompom yarn woven in.

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.

fingers pulling loops of straw bag weave.

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.  

Pulling pomp-a-doodle yarn through loops in straw bag.

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.

Pulling next pompom through loop.

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.

Give a straw bag a DIY pompom makeover.

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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4 Responses to “Makeover Your Plain Wicker Beach Tote With a Skien of Pompom Yarn”

  1. Erlene

    Omgosh, how cute is this?! I didn’t even know pom pom yarn existed and will have to hunt this down in the craft store.


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