Here in Chicago we now have a bag tax. This means every time I go to the store and I need a bag, the store has to charge me $0.07 for each bag I need. Insane, right???? I pretty much ALWAYS forget to grab a bag when I go out shopping. When the cashier asks if I need a bag, and I have to tell him/her “yes”, it pains me every.single.time.
I usually attempt to avoid the bag tax by juggling all of my purchased items in my arms, which is a huge pain in the butt. I act like Wonder Women, because you know, I’m a mom of 18 month old twins so I can handle at least 40 pounds of weight. No problem, right?
Since the grocery juggling act is getting a bit old, I figured it was time for me to have a bag I can keep in my car so I always have one handy. I wanted this to be cute; It couldn’t be just any old tote. I, of course, went with a pineapple theme. I used a pom-pom maker to create the cutest little 3-D pom-pom pineapple. Man, I love pom-pom makers!
- Pom Pom Maker
- Yellow Yarn
- Rose Gold Iron-on Vinyl
- Tote Bag
- Green Felt
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Step 1: Open one arm of your pom pom maker. Wrap a piece of yarn along the curve starting on the left side, working your way towards the right side.
Step 2: When you get to the right, fold the arm back in place. Open the other arm of your pom pom maker. Run your working yarn over to the other arm. Wrap yarn around the arm moving to the right. When you get to the right, close the arm and snip your yarn.
Step 3: Cut down the center line of your pom pom maker. Repeat this step on the other side.
Step 4: Cut a piece of yarn and run it under the center of your pom maker. Tie a knot, making sure to pull your yarn tight.
Step 5: Open one arm, then the other.
Step 6: Pull the two sides of the pom maker apart.
Step 7: Trim any loose pieces of yarn. If you need to shape your pom, just give it a haircut. :) Repeat these Steps to make your other pom poms.
Step 8: Take the end of your yarn and run it from the bottom of your marker towards the cap. Begin wrapping your yarn around your marker moving down your marker.
Step 9. When you are at the bottom, tie your two pieces of yarn together and trim the ends.
You can see the full tutorial on DIYs.com.