I’ve noticed a resurgence in popularity of nostalgic crafts like weaving and macramé, and today I’m going to share a new product that will allow you to easily create decor using a hook and latch technique that creates results that are reminiscent of 70s style (but you can give it a modern twist). I used it to make a DIY shag pom pom pillow, and I’ll walk you through the step by step process.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid. All opinions are my own.
Project Supply List:
- Bucilla RyaTie(TM) Set of 2 Tools (I had the Wall Hanging Kit, which comes with the tools so I used that, but different yarn.)
- Bucilla RyaTie Mesh Fabric
- Red Heart Yarn in White (Jumbo Sized)
What is RyaTie?
It’s part of Bucilla’s new line, and it’s a way to achieve the shaggy hook latch look that was popular in the 70s (remember shag carpeting?). This is the modern version of that style. The technique uses a wooden tool to create bundles that attach to a mesh canvas. You can find the RyaTie Kit in select Walmart locations, and visit Plaid Online for more information.
How to RyaTie
To make your pillow, you will first need to learn how to RyaTie. The first step is to cut 6 strips of yarn, each at about 6 inches long.
Next, Wrap yarn between the each of the three grooves about 12 times per groove, and then snip the end of the yarn.
Wrap the rubber bands around the top and bottom of your RyaTie tool. There are grooves on the sides marking where the rubber bands should go. Be sure to position your 6-inch strips of yarn on the outside of the rubber bands.
Use each of your 6-inch strips to tie off the yarn bundles at the top and bottom of your RyaTie tool.
Cut down the middle of your yarn (there is a dotted line as a guide on your RyaTie tool), on both sides.
How to Make the Pillow
First, I cut the mesh fabric to 14″ x 14″. (You can modify this to whatever size you choose.)
Use the piece of yarn that is holding your bundle together to attach your “pom pom” bundle to the mesh fabric. I spaced mine out about every other slot, but if you want it to be less dense and/or time consuming, you can space it out more than that. In fact, I skipped a few slots here and there as I went along and the fabric became more filled in.
Here’s the under side of the mesh where I tied off the pom poms.
When your fabric is covered, fold it in half. I made a lumbar pillow, but if you prefer square, you could attach 2 pieces of the pom-pom covered mesh. I used yarn to weave the edges together, and when I was left with one opening, I stuffed a little bit of Poly-Fil inside. Then, I continued weaving the edges together and tied it off with a knot. (Note: I attached the yarn about two rows in, since I noticed if I weaved it into the row on the very edge, it began to rip.)
Since I was making a pillow, I did not snip the ends of the yarn when I was done attaching the pom-poms to the mesh since I was going to be stuffing the pillow anyway, but if you’re making a wall hanging or a rug you can snip the ends and seal them with glue. Once you’ve woven the edges together, you’ve got a pillow! (And bonus: there’s no sewing involved!)
In addition to the RyaTie set of 2 tools, there are also inclusive kits available with instructions for specific projects and techniques. Also available is the Bucilla Weaving Loom, which you can use for all sorts of woven projects, from wall art to home decor to fashion.
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