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« on: December 20, 2008 09:02:10 PM »

Okay, so when I was in first grade or so, my friends and I learned to make these cute little stocking caps for our trees, and I think we must have made nearly a hundred.  Then last year, I wanted something small to go with some cookies I was handing to coworkers, remembered these, and they were a big hit.  I couldn't believe how many people had never seen them before.

I made some more this year, and while there are tutorials out there, none had enough pictures for my liking, and I'm a very visual person.  So here is my Christmas gift for you craftsters who have expressed an interest.

Here is a sneak peak of the finished product:


The supplies you need are as follows:
Yarn
Scissors
Toilet Paper Tube or similar card board tube
A template to wrap your yarn around (I used a folded scrabble game board, card board will work just fine)


Start by wrapping your yarn around your template.  You'll need at least 46 strands of yarn total for one hat.  Once you've got it wrapped, just cut down the center with your scissors, and voila!  All your strands, all a good length.


You will also need to cut a ring from the end of your cardboard tube.  I usually make it about 1/2-3/4 of an inch wide.


To start assembling your ornament, fold one length of your yarn in half, and thread the looped end through your card board ring.


Bring your two tail ends up over the outside of the ring, and thread them through your loop.


Tighten your knot.  The knot should sit along the edge of your cardboard ring.  


Continue this with each strand of yarn, until the whole ring is covered by yarn.


Now, your tails of all of the yarn will be hanging down below your knots.  Push all of the loose yarn up through the cardboard ring, so the knots are on the bottom, but the tails are all sticking up through the top.



Try to straighten out your yarn as much as possible so that it's all hanging straight, and you've got no curls or loops.  Once you've accomplished this, take an extra length of yarn, and tie a double knot around your loose ends.  This will be where the 'pompom' of your cap will meet the top of the cap itself.  Make sure to tie this as tightly as you can.  



Tie another double knot towards the end of your loose strands.  This will create the loop by which you can hang your ornament.


Now it's time to shape the 'pompom' part of your hat.  I very simply use a scissors and trim the loose yarn from the top of the hat in a single half-circular motion.  


Then, I will turn the hat 180 degrees, and do the same thing, before giving it a general trimming until I achieve the shape I'm looking for.

As a last step, I usually stuff the hat with some scrap fabric or even a balled up (clean!) tissue.  It gives the hat some durability and shape.


And there you have it!  



Alright, that was my very first tutorial.  How did I do?
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008 09:03:53 PM »

Super cute can't wait to try this!!!!!!!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008 09:05:11 PM »

Awesome job Little! I know what my daughter'll be doing for vacation!
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008 09:16:45 PM »

so cute- and easy!  i'll have to add this to my list of cute ornaments to make!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2008 09:18:46 PM »

Ooo, hats I don't have to knit or crochet!  Shocked I might whip up a few for package decorations.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008 09:35:25 PM »

That's what I do with them quite often.  They only take about 30 minutes each to make, less once you really get cookin' with 'em.  And cheap and easy!  LOL.

Glad everyone's enjoying it!
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2008 10:15:46 PM »

awesome! so fun, you made me want to make one! here's mine  Cheesy  :



Makes me want to have a heating fund and give these as donation promos. "Keep kids warm this winter".

You're fabulous. Smiley


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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2008 04:42:07 AM »

That is just too cute!  I wish I had seen this before we did the craft at the school!  Well... there is always next year, aye?!

Thanks for posting such a great tutorial -  that is just too adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008 06:43:42 AM »

This is just a super craft for a kid's group.  I could imagine any age group of kids could be taught to do this and have something really nice as a result.  Thanks for the idea.  **bookmark**
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2008 09:36:40 AM »

These are great, I've never seen them before. Might have to whip up a few to attach to christmas gifts. Thanks for posting a tut!
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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2008 11:34:35 AM »

So Cute!!  I'm going to sit down right now and make a few for Christmas packages.  Your tutorial is great.  Thanks much for sharing.
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2008 02:50:06 PM »

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Wow! how cute are these? I'm totally going to do this for a classroom party or girl scout
meeting/tray favor idea.  It's hard to find truly cute 'old school' crafts that are appropriate
and not frustrating for 4th/5th graders and not too 'girly'.

Very cute. This is my first ever comment, btw. Had to comment.

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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2008 02:54:56 PM »

They are truly very fun and very easy.  And very relaxing actually.  If you just cut all sorts of yarn to the right lengths, you can sit and crank these out in front of the TV and have a nice batch of them by the end of the night! Plus, they're infinitely customizable with color combinations.

I didn't mention it before, but I'm partial to using varigated yarn because you can get a lot of tones without changing yarns. 

Thanks for all the feedback, kids!
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2008 04:03:17 PM »

These are cute. They remind me of the little hats you see on the innocent smoothie bottles sometimes.
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2008 06:25:11 PM »

i read all the directions for these online and determined that i am a visually oriented person and NEEDED a tute! Thanks biskit!
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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2008 06:37:27 PM »

Yeah, these are a project that once you understand how it's done, they're extremely easy to do, but sometimes just plain written directions make it seem far more complicated than it is. 

Glad the tutorial worked for you!!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2008 04:02:19 AM »

That is totally awesome! I grew up making yarn dolls but never knew about the stocking caps - Just think - all my little dolls were cold in the winter for nothing Wink

Thank you sooooo much for sharing this!!!
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Super cute and simple.  Thanks so much for the GREAT tute!!
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2008 10:53:44 AM »

How cute is that! I've never seen them before either! My dks will love making these, thanks for the tut  Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2008 01:51:13 PM »

Cute, cute, cute!
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« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2008 04:09:51 PM »

Wow, thanks for posting a tutorial!
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« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2009 06:12:51 AM »

too cute I thought I would bump this so people could see it this year.
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« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2009 03:35:17 AM »

Great tutorial!
I know what I'm going to do with my left over yarns Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2009 09:06:56 PM »

oh my gosh the possibilities are endless!! I think I have just found the ornaments my kids will make this Christmas! they are incredibly adorable! thanks for sharing! and your tut was fab!  Wink
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too cute I thought I would bump this so people could see it this year.
great idea! I know I am glad you did!
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« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2009 09:15:41 PM »

Awww, thanks for the bump, Lisa C!  It's been fun getting the little email notifications from new people enjoying the tute!  Makes my day!!!!
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totally addicted to making these now! I love projects that are quick to complete! My kids will be making these these year for their Aunts and Uncles! Thanks again!
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No problem I love these little guys I tried it and they are sooooo easy, I was thinking of making some with ping pong balls as snowman heads.
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« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2010 01:59:46 PM »

i found these years ago on another website, made one, bookmarked the site, then the site disappeared.. i am so glad to have found this thread! i love these little hats!
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No problem I love these little guys I tried it and they are sooooo easy, I was thinking of making some with ping pong balls as snowman heads.
omg what a great idea! and a good way to change it up! sweet!
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How fun! I can't wait to try it! Great tutorial! Smiley
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this is really cute, thanks for the tutorial, im trying to make tons of ornaments cause im getting a 12 foot tree this year!
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« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2012 10:37:28 AM »

How adorable!
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« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2012 04:29:59 PM »

I've been trying to find something small to make for my co-workers for christmas and this is perfect!
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still loving this 8 yrs later!  this is so cute.  I pinned it.  thanks for the tutorial!  Just made one and it came out so adorable. 
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« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2012 01:19:41 PM »

What a cute idea..and a great tutorial.  Gotta make some of these for sure.
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« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2013 08:00:45 AM »

Oldie, but a goodie.  Thank you for sharing this tutorial!  These would be so cute as package decorations.
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