Carol of the Bells

Initially I was thinking of making an ornament with jingle bells, but then the jingle got lost and it turned into a bell ornament.

The bell as shown is made of TinyTURTLE™ loom hexagons (2”), but like so many other designs, this pattern scales up to 4” and 6” hexagons with no modifications.

Materials
– About 12 yds I Love This Yarn Metallic (732 Ivory) for the “bell”, or any worsted yarn of your choice
– About 2 yds Yarn Bee Soft Secret (40 Red) for the “clapper”, or any worsted yarn of your choice
– Small amount of stuffing
– Scissors, tapestry needle

Instructions
Weave 6 hexagons in the “bell” color, and 1 hexagon in the “clapper”.  Sew the hexagons together as follows:

TURTLELoom-Bell-3

Don’t worry about any extra threads from the hexagons, they will all hide nicely inside the bell. If you want to be frugal, you can reuse the starting threads of the top hexagons as hangers: Make a knot of both starting ends close to the weaving, and another one about 3-4 inches away. Clip the ends. Make sure that your hanger faces to the right side for the next step.

Fold the bell sides right side facing each other and sew the side seams, leaving a small opening. Turn and stuff the bell. If you want, you can put a jingle bell inside the clapper part (it won’t jingle much with all the stuffing around, but you can still here it). Close the remaining opening.

Weave a clapper colored piece of yarn along the line between clapper and bell and pull it in to shape the clapper. Make a double knot and either weave in the ends or clip them off.

That’s all there is to it, and don’t forget to hum “Carol of the Bells” while you weave!

PS: Yes, if you change the main color into green and the second color into brown and don’t pull in the bottom hexagon … you’ve got a tree! (Day 19 of our Advent Pin Loom Weave-Along)

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