In this post I am showing you how to wrap mallets with yarn. These mallets can be used with wooden slit drums or with a Marimba. I need a lot of mallets for my work as a music therapist, and that’s the reason I decided to make a lot of different mallets myself. It saved me a lot of money!
It is a precise work to wrap the mallets in a way that the yarn is distributed evenly. With some tips and tricks it is a lot easier and if you know how to do it, you will see yourself making them yourself instead of buying them!
- A rubber or wooden mallet (see previous post about DIY mallets),
- and a darning needle.
I used sock wool, for this wool is a bit stronger so it will last longer.
Adhering the yarn to the mallet with a knot
I made a single knot in the thread and after that I looped the yarn a second time around the stick.
After this loop I pulled the short end of the yarn up and secured it with my thumb.
I pulled the end of the yarn that is still attached to the ball of wool crossed over the short end, to secure it. I kept it secured with my thumb.
The first mallet
The second mallet
In this picture you can see how I looped the thread around the rubber ball. For the purpose of this tutorial I drilled the hole through and through the rubber ball. This way you can see how the yarn is positioned around the ball. In this case I was loping the yarn with my right hand, from the underside of the ball (around the stick) to the front, to the upper left side, to the back and ending on the right underside. The thread of yarn will sit against the stick. The first loop is completed. To secure the loops, the thread will have to overlap each other, in this case the thread will be pulled over the first loop and will come out on the left, see the picture.
The first mallet
The second mallet
I looped the thread around again and again, the spaces between the thread in this beginning stadium are even and about 1 centimeter apart from each other on the biggest point of the ball. The thread is always going over the last loop on the side of the stick, and going around the left upper side. As you can see I still held the thread secure with my thumb and finger.
After a couple of loops it looks like this. And this way the mallet will be wrapped, until it is thick enough.
On this picture (sorry for the blur) you can still see the rubber ball and the top is forming quite well.
The mallet is almost thick enough! All the threads are lying nice and evenly distributed. The top and the bottom are elongated because of the wrapping method, and this is how it is supposed to look in this stage.
It is important to keep a little tension on the thread, so it won’t come off. When the mallet is big enough, it is time to sew the crown and the underside.
At first I sewed the underside. I cut off the yarn and left more than a meter to work with. That gave me enough thread to finish the mallet. I started with running the thread through the loop of the needle. I did sew the first stitch from the underside, entering the needle next to the stick and sticking it upward to the spot I wanted the sewing to be done. With the first real stitch I entered the mallet a little back from were the thread came out, and stitched it, protruding about a centimeter from were it entered.
While stitching, I looped the thread around my finger, to prevent the long thread from knotting and tangling. It will stay less tangled while pulling the thread.
If there is a tangle, please unravel it careful, and don’t break the thread because you will have to start all over again.
In the beginning, I entered the mallet half a centimeter behind the place the thread exited, overlapping the last stitch, and later on I just stitched without overlapping the last stitch.
I continued until it was all secure and stayed in place. I made a small knot and lead the thread through the mallet to the top.
The last stitch ended in the top of the mallet, and I stitched it back to were the crown would come.
And again, the first row of stitches are overlapping each other and the rest is not overlapping.
When it was secure enough, I made a little stitch with a knot in it to make it extra secure.
The knot is made by looping the thread and pulling the needle through the loop, and pulling the thread tight in the knot.
The last fase is stitching the thread back to the base of the mallet.
In the end I pulled the thread a couple of times through the base.
And I snipped the thread close to the base with the scissors.
And now the mallet is ready to be used!
When you want to take a short break, you can wind the yarn around the stick of the mallet. This way you don’t have to start all over again.
Did you think this blogpost was useful and would you try to make mallets yourself? Please let us know how it went for you!