Crochet - Slippers
25Mar

Crochet - Slippers

...and a mini pom pom tutorial!

Hello, I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend, what glorious weather we've had!  We've been making the most of the garden this weekend and I also got to go and have a wander around a local vintage and flea fair which is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning.

I've not managed to get much done in the way of projects but I did get one thing ticked off my 'to make' list and that was these cute slippers for Lulu...

I got the pattern from an old Patons sheet that I've somehow collected and it worked up quickly (my kind of project!) The first set I made were far too small for her so I started another set using some thicker wool and a few extra chains in my foundation row.  The soles were made more stable by crocheting with two strands of wool.

I had a bit of a panic when it came to making these small pom poms though.  We've made pom poms at home before by wrapping yarn around a cardboard template but I wasn't sure I would be able to do that easily for the small pom poms I needed.  As usual I turned to the Internet for help and found a tutorial on YouTube that made mini twine pom poms using a fork and some dental floss - honestly you can find everything and anything on the Internet!

I used the idea (minus the dental floss!) for the pom poms for Lulu's slippers it's a great idea so I thought I'd share it with you here - Please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know about this?

So here are Lulu's new slippers...

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and here's the mini (well smallish) pom pom how to...

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1, Wrap some yarn around a fork I wrapped about an inch in width (don't wrap too much as they become hard to cut)

2, Add a length of the same yarn through the middle of the fork and around the yarn and tie loosely (the first part of a knot) then gently slide yarn off the fork

3, Pull the yarn tight and knot properly

4, Use some sharp scissors (not children's scissors like me!) to cut the yarn in half each side as you would normally when making a pom pom

5, Fluff up and trim until you get a shape you're happy with...

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And because nothing goes to waste...

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...A new hair-clip!

I also just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who bid on the Knit Relief items, the auction finished Sunday evening and my scarf made over £30 for Sport Relief so I am very happy - I'm sending you all massive virtual bear hugs (()). I'm not sure of the grand total yet but I know it was well over £1500 which is just amazing!

*update* the final amount raised was a whopping £2038! What a fantastic total & well done to Scarlet at Teenage Granny for organising such a fantastic event!

Linking up to Handmade Monday at 1st Unique Gifts so if you've got time pop over and see what everyone else has been up too.

Have a lovely week.

Bye for now. Em xx

Posted in Crochet and Crafts

Comments (25)

  • Carioline

    Carioline

    26 March 2012 at 09:28 |
    The slippers are so sweet and quick projects are my ideal as well. I know what you mean about the www so much to see and can find the answers to so many things.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 15:43 |
      Thank you - I don't seem to have the patience to finish larger projects - Although I have started many! xx
  • Wendy

    Wendy

    26 March 2012 at 09:41 |
    Absolutely gorgeous slippers! And you've taught me something new, I didn't know about the fork idea either.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 15:43 |
      Thank you - It's such a simple trick, I'm glad it wasn't just me who didn't know about it xx
  • Tickled Pink

    Tickled Pink

    26 March 2012 at 09:52 |
    Oh my word, those slippers are too cute! I'd love a grown up pair! And the hairclip is genius too - so simple but so pretty. Well done on the fund raising too.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 15:45 |
      Now there's a thought! We'd probably get more use out of them too, Lulu kept them on all of five minutes! Thank you xx
  • Jenna

    Jenna

    26 March 2012 at 11:22 |
    Cute slippers! And thanks for sharing the fork pom poms - I've never seen them made that way before.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 15:46 |
      Thank you and you're welcome... I can see us going pom pom mad now we can make them in a minute! xx
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 15:49 |
      Oh and I love your Emergency Hair Fix Kits what a great idea xx
  • Jill

    Jill

    26 March 2012 at 16:17 |
    Lovely slippers and great pom-poms. I remember making them when growing up - had to use a circle of cardboard, which wasn't that strong. Your fork process is much better. Hope you have a good week.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 16:50 |
      Thank you.xx
  • Stephen @ Soy of the North

    Stephen @ Soy of the North

    26 March 2012 at 16:21 |
    Lovely slippers. I had no idea you could make pom-poms from a fork. I've only ever known the cardboard rings method. You learn something new every day. Congratulations on helping to raise so much money :-)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      26 March 2012 at 16:49 |
      Now I'm wondering what else I can make them with! Thank you.xx
  • Sara

    Sara

    27 March 2012 at 02:25 |
    Those little slippers are adorable! And the mini pom poms are perfect as a hair clip too. Happy to see you at Tangled Happy today. Wishing you a happy week!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      27 March 2012 at 07:32 |
      Thank you! I live your blog always full of lovely things! Xx
  • Handbags by Helen

    Handbags by Helen

    27 March 2012 at 05:41 |
    Cute pom pome. Don't s'posed you can do those slippers in an adult size 9 can you!?
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      27 March 2012 at 07:36 |
      Mmmm I'll have a play with the pattern when I get a moment...If I can sort some adult sizes I will let you know! Xx
  • Pickle-Lily

    Pickle-Lily

    27 March 2012 at 07:16 |
    What cute slippers - lovely colours. I never knew that about making pom poms with a fork, thank-you for sharing.
    Jo x
  • Jam Dalory

    Jam Dalory

    27 March 2012 at 10:03 |
    Those slippers are so cute, I have never heard of making pom poms with a fork, I used to make them many years ago with cardboard circles but the fork idea is definately a new one to me! x
  • mcrafts

    mcrafts

    27 March 2012 at 21:36 |
    The slippers are so cute. I really like doing baby/children things as they do make up really quickly (so much better than chain 120!). I hadn't seen the pompom thing before so thanks so much for sharing Mich x
  • Jo

    Jo

    30 March 2012 at 14:18 |
    These are fantastic I can't wait to have a go at making some x
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      30 March 2012 at 20:43 |
      Thank you xx
  • Marina

    Marina

    18 September 2012 at 09:49 |
    so nice I would like a bed sock pattern please
  • Lacy

    Lacy

    10 December 2014 at 00:53 |
    Do you have a pattern for the slippers?
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      20 January 2015 at 11:16 |
      Hi Lacy, sorry for the delay in replying. The pattern for the slippers was from a vintage pattern booklet called 'Patons Accessories Book, number 215' I hope that helps. Em xx

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