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How to do it: Quickie Sheep

December 23, 2008

sheep pompom tutorial

I had my knitting girlfriends over for a Christmas party on Saturday and we made a craft. Pompom Sheep! They hang on the tree! Talk about fun!

This little pompom sheep is modeled after some teeny-tiny ones my niece gave me for Christmas last year.  They can be made with any size pompom, and you probably have all the other supplies you will need.  Best of all, you can make one in about 20 minutes total, and that includes gathering your supplies.

Go plug in your hot glue gun and get ready for some sheepy-pompom fun!

What you’ll need:

  • Pompom maker of any size.  I love the Clover ones here.
  • Wool yarn (of course any fiber will work, it just seems most appropriate to make a sheep out of wool).
  • Small square of fabric for face.  I used craft felt.
  • Scissors.
  • Googly eyes (optional).
  • Pipe cleaners for legs.  Or twigs.  Or sticks from the backyard.  Or paper cut into leg shapes.
  • Hot glue gun.

First, make a pompom.  Leave a long thread when tying off the pompom that you can use to display your sheep.  Pompoms often need a haircut to even them out, and you can do that now.

Next, cut out a sheepy face from your small piece of felt.  Use the picture above as a guide, or create your own sheepy face.  Attach googly eyes, if desired, to the sheep face using the hot glue gun.  Hang your sheep by it’s long thread to determine where the face should be placed.  One you know where you want the face, attach it to the pompom using the hot glue gun.

For the legs, measure the desired length by inserting the pipe cleaner into the sheep, then cutting one piece.  Since the pipe cleaners can stick pretty far into the pompom, the legs might need to be longer than you would think.  Once you have one leg cut to the correct length, use that piece to cut the other three legs.

Dab a bit of hot glue on the end of one leg and push it into the pompom.  Repeat for the other legs.

Wasn’t that easy?  And fast?  The sheep we made at the party were all so unique and full of character!

pompom sheep

These little guys would make a great gift for a knitter, but may I suggest you take some time and make one for yourself?  You deserve it.  No seriously.

Merry Christmas!

pompom sheep

You may remember my first tutorial, How to do it: Slipper Soles. Well, that post is the most popular on my whole entire blog.   I hope to do more in this How to do it series…but I don’t have any more ideas.  Suggestions?  I’ll do anything!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2008 6:33 pm

    well i don’t think i should suggest anything. remember when you thought i had asked for the recipe for jerry and maggie. hm hm. i’d never.

    i love that little sheep. just ordered a little knitting book yesterday. all farm animals in

    garter stitch.

    merry christmas to you and your family from denmark as in your friend denmark

  2. MOM permalink
    December 23, 2008 7:02 pm

    Cute sheep!

  3. December 23, 2008 7:16 pm

    Merry Christmas!!

  4. December 24, 2008 12:50 am

    Those are so cute! Happy holidays to you!

  5. December 24, 2008 3:44 am

    too cute!! How creative. 🙂

  6. December 24, 2008 11:16 am

    that is so flipping cute!

  7. December 26, 2008 3:51 am

    They make me smile 🙂 Adorable sheep and a great idea. Thanks!

  8. Lisa permalink
    December 26, 2008 3:30 pm

    They look great! Though I’m a bit biased…. My sheep are scattered all over the floor in a Christmas daze.

    Try a “do it” gingerbread house…

  9. December 28, 2008 2:59 am

    I gave a pompom sheep ornament to my next door neighbor! I made a few more for me too.

  10. December 31, 2008 12:36 pm

    Too cute! If you are feeling adventurous, you might use wool fleece to make the pom poms. Instead of yarn on the pom pom maker, you wrap it with the fleece. They are extra yummy! Love your blog!

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