Current Project: Knitfest Yarnbombing in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers


It isn’t Teddy Bears, but this is one crafting opportunity our followers might want to jump on board with!


Knitfest is an annual yarn and fibre arts festival held in Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland each July.  Each year the festival offers the opportunity for individuals and community groups to yarn bomb a tree in town in keeping with the festival’s theme.  This year, the theme is Under the Sea, and the Mums 4 Refugees Brisbane Working Group would love all interested crafters who also have an interest in supporting refugees, to contribute to their tree decoration.

The M4R tree decoration will be focused around the idea of “Safe Harbour”, emphasising the idea of welcome, shelter and safety for those who’ve come across the seas.  The tree that we have been allocated is both beautiful and BIG (!) so we would love to have as many crafters as possible joining in with our effort.

Here’s how you can help:

For crafters:

  • We need knit, crocheted, woven or plaited STRIPS NO LONGER THAN 85 cm in ANY SHADE OF BLUE or GREEN.  Any fibre, yarn weight or stitch is fine. Any width strip is fine.  For advanced knitters/hookers, a wavy stitch pattern would be super, but definitely not essential.  These will go around the trunk and lower branches of the tree and represent the sea.knitfest-1
  • We also need knit, crocheted, woven, cross stitched or fabric HARBOUR LIGHTS, in ANY SHADE OF YELLOW, ORANGE or WHITE.  To decorate the upper branches of our tree, we will need simple motifs in the shape of stars, circles triangles or hearts of any size. We will join these together to make strips to cover the branches with a lovely golden glow.  We would also love bunting or garlands of any shape in shades of yellow, orange or white.  Finally, if anyone is handy at making crochet, knit or fabric lanterns, a few of those would be great too! See below for some patterns to get you started:

Pattern for triangle motif (crochet) from Deux Brins de Maille

Pattern for granny triangle motif (crochet) from Lucy @ Attic24

Pattern for crochet lanterns from Karla Fitch

Pattern for basic (flat) knitted star from Barbara Breiter

Pattern for 3D knitted star from Kat @ Just Crafty Enough

Pattern for crochet star motifs (and instructions to make into a garland) from Ellen Bloom

Pattern and chart (crochet) for a heart motif from Atty’s Crochet blog

Pattern and tutorial for basic triangle bunting (crochet) from Pink Milk blog

Pattern for basic knitted bunting from UK Hobbycraft blog


  • To set off our tree we need POMPOMS!  We will be using pom poms as little harbour lights to hang from the many branches of our tree.  We need pom poms of any size and fluffiness level in shades of YELLOW, ORANGE or WHITE.  A little loop of yarn for hanging  the pom would also be a great help.  Here are three tutorials on how to make pom poms:

Tutorial for your basic, single colour pom pom from Talk Crafty To Me.

Tutorial for bigger sized pom poms from King & Majkis

Tutorial for making lots of pom poms in one go from Flax & Twine blog

Picture tutorial for making a heart shaped pom pom (awww!) from Violet LeBeaux

For non-crafters:

  • MESSAGES OF WELCOME – if you are not particularly crafty or don’t have time to craft, we would love to receive a message of welcome to refugees and asylum seekers that we will include in our display.  It doesn’t have to be long – in fact, one or two lines is perfect.  To make your life easy, you can comment on this post with your message and we’ll make sure it is included in the finished piece.
  • Share, share, share this project!  Please feel free to invite your knit/crochet-savvy grannies, neighbours, relations and friends to join in with the crafting.

Pieces will need to be received by June 10th, 2017 to give us time to sew the whole piece together before the July 8 festival.  You can send your pieces to

M4R/TWB Knitfest Project

13 Panorama Street

Bray Park  QLD  4500

We will keep you updated on how the project is coming along, with a full wrap up in July!