Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Loopy Yarn Lamb Treat Jar

Welcome to this month's Sustainable Craft Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Julie @ Sum of Their Stories. This challenge is all about sustainable crafting! Each month is themed and all projects must have some sort of a sustainable element to them. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc. 

The theme for this month is Soft! For this project I'm recycling a pickle jar to make an adorable loopy yarn (my soft element) lamb treat jar - just in time for Easter! This is a project that both kids and adults would love to make! And is perfect for springtime celebrations, too! 

This fun filled idea features a super plush cuddly jar covered with fuzzy socks (soft, too) surrounded by loopy yarn and precious fuzzy pink ears with the most adorable smile and soft sculptured legs! And all that's left to do is to add the treats - be they jelly beans, colorful candy filled eggs or any homemade delights - that's sure to bring a smile on your face!

So let's get started with gathering the materials to make this soft and cuddly lamb treat jar:

  • Pickle glass jar (9") with screw-on lid
  • Fuzzy socks - 2 pairs white, 1pr. black, 1pr. pink
  • Pencil/ruler
  • Heavy duty thread - white/black - large eye needle 
  • Hot glue/Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Poly-fill stuffing
  • Straight pins
  • Beads (eyes)
  • Black yarn for eye lashes, nose and mouth
  • Loopy yarn

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Begin by covering a clean empty pickle jar with one of the white fuzzy socks.  Mark the sock using a pencil where the bottom of the screw-on top ends. 

Use a ruler and pencil to draw a straight line at the mark and .  .  .
cut out.
Cover the jar again with the cut-out fitted sock and attach the edge of the sock to the jar just at and below the edge of the screw-on portion using hot glue.

To make the legs,  lay a white sock flat on work surface and cut two, 2" sections out.
Fold each section in half and cut along middle to .  .  .
create four sections.
Next, lay out a black sock and cut two, 1.5" sections out.
Then cut the black sections in half and .  .  .
open, laying on top of the white sections.
Sew the black and white sections together on one side and .  .  .
open vertically, folding the piece together. Then cut the black edges in a curve  shape and .  .  .
sew the edges together, leaving the white bottom edge open. Turn inside out. Repeat  for all three of the remaining "leg" pieces.
Stuff each leg with poly-fill.

Attach legs to side of sock covered jar with a needle and thread.

To make the lamb's head, cut off  3.5" of sock toe area .  .  .
and stuff with poly-fill.

 Place the jar top upright, just inside the stuffed sock .  .  .
gluing the sock edge to side of top.
Then screw top on jar for fit.
Then make a muzzle out of  another section of the sock similar to the top cover - only a smaller version - about 2" wide .  .  .
cutting the top edges at a curve and .  .  .
sewing the edges together, leaving the bottom open and .  .  .
stuffing with poly-fill.
Use straight pins to attach the muzzle to the front side of head and sew in place.
It's beginning to look somewhat like a lamb! Lol!
 Run a needle and thread through the head to form an indent where the eyes will be and sew on the beads for eyes .  .  .

and then the eyelashes. Use thicker yarn for the nose and mouth!

To make the ears, cut two pieces approximately 1.75" wide and 3" long from the body of the pink sock, curving the top edges. 
Place each pink piece on top of the same size of a white piece .  .  .
matching curved edges.
Sew around edges with needle and thread. Turn inside out and fold the ears, pink sides together. Sew the bottom together.  
Then sew the ears to the side of the lambs' head.
First the left side and then .  .  .
the right side, making sure the ears are pointed down.
To wrap the lamb with soft loopy yarn, apply a line of Fabri-Tac fabric glue along the bottom of the sock covered jar and begin laying the straighten yarn loops down and around the "body" of the lamb.
Continue wrapping and gluing the lamb with the loopy yarn going around each leg as you move up the body of the lamb to .  .  .

where the sock ends on the jar. Cut off excess yarn and glue end in place.
Begin gluing on loopy yarn around the ears and portion of the lamb's face .  .  .

and around the back portion of the head until the lamb's head is .  .  .
completely covered. 
How adorable does this look!
Filled with Easter treats!

Be sure to check out all of the "SOFT" sustainable crafts projects listed below:

Julie @Sum of Their Stories   Upcycled Sweater Easter Gift Bags

Purple Hues and Me | Loopy Yarn Lamb Treat Jar

Christine’s Crafts | DIY Hair Towel Wrap

Mimi - A Great Name for Grandma | DIY Sock Bunnies

Stone Cottage Adventures | DIY Cozy Weighted Warmer

Southern Sunflowers | No Sew Drop Cloth Bunny Pillow

Sew Crafty Crochet | Crochet Tabby Cat

Treasures Made from Yarn | Stash Buster Blanket

Decor Craft Design | Upcycled Bottle Vases With Soft Spring Colors

Life as a LEO Wife | Spring Chunky Yarn Wreath

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  1. I thought your lamb was cute before the loopy yarn addition but afterwards he went to a whole new level of cuteness! His little face is just so sweet, you've given him a lovely expression.

  2. Gail,
    OMG!!! This is so darn cute and so imaginative too!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave such a kind comment!! I hope you are having a great day!!

  3. I love, love, love this lamb! How cute is that? You would never guess that it was made from a jar and socks! Adorable!

  4. Oh my gosh! This is absolutely adorable! Such an ingenious idea. I'd love to make these for the kids at church on Easter. I think my son might feel like he's too big for it lol. Pinned!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

  5. Your loopy lamb is absolutely adorable! I thought at first the yarn required some crocheting, so that's great that anyone can make it look loopy with just some glue. Great idea for upcycling a pickle jar!

  6. Gail! You have knocked it out of the park with this adorable loopy yarn lamb treat jar. Your instructions are so easy to follow and the outcome is perfect! I have pinned and will be giving this a try. I think this would be so cute to make one for each of my grandkids and fill for Easter. Thank you for the wonderful craft idea for Easter!

  7. This little lamb is too cute! You did a wonderful job creating this very detailed tutorial showing exactly how you made this adorable creation. I really love the loopy yarn, and he looks like you could cuddle him, but since he has the jar inside, I'd use him to hide a stash of jelly beans or some other yummy goodies!

  8. Another hit! This is absolutely adorable! What an excellent idea for stashing sweet goodies!

  9. Very clever idea, Gail! And super adorable too! I love its fluffy cute pink ears and the hidden jar.

  10. Gail, you made the cutest looking lamb! You are so creative and talented with your crafts.

  11. My heart just melted! Your lamb may be the cutest treat jar in the history of the world! pinning and sharing on FB -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  13. I love your lamb jar, it turned out cute!

  14. OMG Gail, this is too cute for words. I love your loopy little lamb. You are so creative.

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