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Life is beautiful - enjoy the ride! Bicycle inspired crafts......

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This week at Poppies & Polka Dots we've been getting excited about the Tour de Yorkshire, which takes place from the 29th April - 1st May 16. Fingers crossed the recent promising weather continues for the weekend, making it a great event for all those cyclists and spectators involved!

It's got us thinking about some of the fun bike themed makes out there; from bicycle basket crochet through to bicycle bell covers! Above is our 'Top 10 Bicycle themed craft picks', but for more details and fun inspiration, check out our Tour de Yorkshire Pinterest board.

In the meantime, as we can't get enough of bicycles and the sense of freedom first felt when our stabilisers came off (!) we've pulled together some of our bicycle themed fabrics for your enjoyment. Cast your eye over these adorable prints and I'm sure you'll agree they do justice to that which is the universal symbol of summer fun!

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1. Star Spangled - Bike Stripe Aqua - more info

2. Vintage Market by Tasha Noel - Bicycle White - more info

3. Star Spangled - Bike Stripe Red - more info

4. Vintage Market by Tasha Noel - Main White - more info

5. Star Spangled - Bike Stripe Blue - more info

6. Vintage Market by Tasha Noel - Main Mint - more info

7. The British are Coming - more info

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Pom Pom Fairy Lights - What a combo!

pom-pom-fairy-lightsSo, I think it must be pretty clear by now, that I am a HUGE fan of Pom Poms.... there's something so tactile and scummy about them and they add such lovely bit of yumminess to any project.

Given this, I decided that our Christmas decor selection (despite already having a festive pom pom garland) didn't quite have enough of a nod to Pom Poms yet. So what better thing than to combine some fairy lights with a pom pom garland?

This is incredibly simple, yet very effective (if I do say so myself) and is currently looking fab hanging from one of our fireplaces this Christmas season.

So here are the basics:

First of all you need a selection of pom poms. For this garland I used the Small Clover Pom Pom Makers and Stylecraft Special DK however you could also use one of our Pom Pom Garland Kits which includes a selection of Stylecraft Special DK yarn as well as the Clover Pom Pom makers.

Here's a picture from one of my earlier posts which illustrates how to use the pom pom maker...however there are also clear instructions provided.

Clover Pom Pom Maker InstructionsHaving got yourself a selection of pom poms, you'll also need a yarn needle (one with a very round / blunt end), a pair of scissors, a set of battery powered LED fairy lights (I got these from Robert Dyas, but lots of shops currently sell them) and a little extra yarn in the colour of each of your pom poms.

Pom Pom Fairy Lights - What you need

Then all you have to do is take each pom pom in turn and carefully sew it onto the fairy lights. Simply sew through the middle of your pom pom and then wrap the yarn around the wire, sewing back through the middle of the pom pom as you come back. Repeat this as many times as you feel you need to, so that the pom pom feels securely attached to the fairy lights. Please note, it is very important to use a blunt yarn needle, so to avoid piercing the wire of the fairy lights at any point.

Pom Pom Fairy Lights - Attaching the pom poms

Then keep adding more pom poms until you are happy with the look you've created. For this example, I decided to simply add a pom pom each side of the led lights and that seemed to work quite neatly. However you could add more or less than that, depending on how you wanted the finished garland to look.

Pom Pom Fairy Lights - Attaching the pom poms - 2This is a pretty quick job, but look how fab the end result is....

Pom Pom Fairy Lights
Pom Pom Fairy Lights - 3Let me know what you think and hope you enjoy making your own unique pom pom garland!

Happy Festive Crafting x

Pom Pom addiction....

Pom Poms

Is it just me, or is there something oh so lovely about a pom pom.....? In my opinion, it's like they take on a little bit of a life of their own once that final trim (or hair cut) has taken place.

My kids love making them, playing with them and using them for crafts. I love to decorate things with pom poms (I can't resist a cushion with a pom pom trim!) and all in all, they are a very welcome addition in our home.

I had intended writing something about pom poms a few weeks ago, but got distracted with half term holidays and other jobs, however having now taken delivery of the 'Multipom', I cannot resist any longer!

First of all however, lets start with the Clover Pom Pom maker, which I have to say is an absolute hit in our household. The Clover Pom Pom maker comes in three different pack sizes :

- Extra large, which makes a scrumptiously big pom pom measuring approximately 12cm in diameter

- Large pack: this contains 2 pom pom makers, one will make a pom pom approximately 65mm diameter and the other makes one 85cm in diameter.

- The last option is the small pack, which again contains 2 pom pom makers. These two make pom poms which are approximately 35mm and 45mm in diameter.

The overriding feeling about these pom pom makers is the ease and speed with which you can make a perfect pom pom. My 5 year old son has become very adept at making his own pom poms and when we've brought out the pom pom makers during play dates, all of the children have been very happy to give it a try and have loved the results! I help them with the cutting and tying the knot tight enough at the end. They particularly like to give the pom pom a haircut at the end to ensure it is lovely and round!

I thought it might be useful to include a sequence of photos illustrating how the Clover Pom Pom maker works,  which may also be of use to anyone having purchased the product. However, there are clear instructions included in the packs.

Clover Pom Pom Maker Instructions

 

As I said the Clover Pom Pom maker is hugely popular in my world and I think it is perfect for both adults and children.

So what is the 'Multipom' and how does it compare?

The Multipom is a specially designed metal frame which enables the user to make up to 20 pom poms at any one time (how good is that?)! The pom poms can be between 1cm and 12cm in diameter and again it is fairly simple to use.

I've included another sequence of photos illustrating how it works - I started as the instructions recommended, making 6 pom poms, however you can quickly move on to other amounts and sizes. Here's also a great video to really help explain what it's all about: Multipom Video

Multipom Instructions

For me the multipom is more of an adults tool (although not exclusively). You have to be more aware of details with it, ensuring you wind the correct amount of wool depending on the size of pom pom you are opting for and then tying the knots at the correct intervals according to the number of pom poms you intend to make.

It is absolutely perfect if you need to make lots of pom poms in the same size for a particular project. It is also ideal for making your own pom pom braid, meaning you can select the perfect wool colour match and the exact size of pom pom you require on your braid. It would also be ideal for a class / group where lots of pom poms are required for a project, so they could easily be made in advance.

I can definitely say there is a place for both the Clover Pom Pom makers and the Multipom in our house, but hopefully this brief explanation can help you decide which tool would work best for your needs!

I couldn't finish this post without adding a few more pom pom pictures - I just can't resist them!

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