Yarn Crafts: DIY Flower Embellishments

You will not believe how easy it is to make these cozy flower yarn crafts!

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-1Today we will be making our own flower loom using….(drumroll)…plastic canvas!

You can create several looms from one package of plastic canvas. This yarn crafts project is a great craft for kids! I think it would be fantastic for a camp craft, or girl scouts, and a great way to use up yarn that was leftover from other projects.

Supplies needed to make your own flower yarn crafts:supply2

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-1Let’s begin by creating our loom.

Plastic canvas comes in circle shapes. There are multi-packs of circles in two sizes. Each pack has ten plastic canvas circles.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-2For this tutorial, I am using the smaller (3″) size.

Open the package, and begin to trim the plastic canvas. I like to use micro tip scissors, to get the plastic cut flush to the connecting pieces. For this yarn crafts tutorial, you will be cutting your loom two rows down, and every two squares. You can experiment with different configurations on your looms!

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-3Continue to cut around the perimeter of the plastic canvas circle, then cut out the center of the plastic canvas.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-4This will give you an open area to stitch the flower centers later.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-37Choose your yarn color. You do not need to trim it down. Just work from the skein.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-6Begin by placing a small length of yarn underneath your loom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-7Then bring your yarn up over to the front of the loom, and begin winding it top to bottom in a figure 8 pattern.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-8Continue to wind- I chose to wind twice for this flower. For others I chose to wind three times. You can make it as bulky as you like!

Then move on to the next set of petals.

Bring the yarn over to the right notch, and begin at the top, and wind downward to the bottom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-9Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-10Do not pull too tight, or the loom will start to bend.

Continue to wind the yarn until you have filled all of the notches on your yarn crafts loom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-11Leave about a 3″ length of yarn on the end, and trim it from the skein.

Take the small section of yarn, and poke it from the top side, to the back of the loom through the middle cut-out circle.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-12Repeat for the section of yarn that you started with- bring it through the center of the loom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-13Tie the two ends of the yarn together in the back of the loom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-14Trim the ends. Then, you will need to stitch the yarn crafts flower center to hold it all together. You can choose to use the same color of yarn, or a contrasting color.

You will need a 2-3′ section of yarn. Thread a blunt tip needle with your desired yarn.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-15We will be stitching the center of the flower using a basic back stitch. I am sure there are other ways to do this! You can certainly get creative here.

Bring the yarn up from the bottom of the loom, and between a set of petals, on the left of the petal. Remember to use the cut out center of the loom. Do not stitch into the plastic canvas, or the flower will never come off! :)

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-16Then cross over the petal to the right and take the yarn back down through the bottom of the loom.

Pull the yarn snug, leave a 1-2″ section and tie a knot on the bottom of the yarn crafts loom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-17Then continue stitching. Coming up from the bottom on the left of the petal, over the petal, and down to the right of the petal.

Make sure you separate out all of the loops for each individual petal and stitch them together.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-20Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-22Continue until you have completed the whole yarn crafts flower circle.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-23I chose to stitch this one twice. You could switch out colors too.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-25When you have finished your stitching, bring the yarn down to the back of the loom, and tie it off with the extra section of yarn you began with.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-27At this point, you can manipulate your yarn crafts stitches. If they are uneven, you can move them up and down the petal how you like. I just used my needle to straighten my stitches up.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-24Then you are ready to remove your yarn crafts flower from the loom!

Plastic canvas bends easily. Bend the notches inward slightly to allow the yarn to have enough give to slip off of the loom.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-28Start popping those petals off!

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-29Here is your finished yarn crafts flower!

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-30Once I got the hang of it, I could whip one out in a couple of minutes!

My ten year old caught on first try. Like I said before- this yarn crafts project is fantastic for kids!

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-31Here are some uses for your yarn flowers:

Embellish gloves, hats or scarves.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-35A sweet addition to a thoughtful card.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-2A unique gift bag decoration.

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-UnleashedOr, a fun fashion accessory!

Yarn-crafts-flowers-Crafts-Unleashed-36I bet you can come up with other ideas- and once you see how easy these yarn crafts are to make, you will have plenty of yarn flowers to find uses for!

About Shaunte

Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).

Comments

  1. Wow, this is genius! I never would have thought to make a weaving frame with plastic canvas! :D

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