I have been wanting a Double Pointed Needle (DPN) cover forever and the ones I have seen are about $30 to $40 dollars each!! I decided that I could make one myself and I ended up doing so for about ONE DOLLAR. Here is the finished product:
You can throw it into a bag without the needles poking your lunch or slipping out of the stitches.
Here are the supplies you will need:
PVC piping size 3/4 inch
2 PVC end caps
a dremmil tool
sandpaper or an old nail file
Step 1: Cut the PVC piping into 7 1nch segments. If you have longer or shorter needles adjust size. You can cut this easily with a hand saw. Most Hardware stores have a cutting center in the lumber section (and often they will cut it into segments FOR you!).
Step 2: place 2 strips of tape parralel to each other on the tube. They should be about 1/4 inches apart. Trace the inside edge of the tape with a sharpie then remove the tape before cutting.
Step 3: Use the dremmil tool with a cutting wheel to cut along the sharpie lines. BE CAREFUL!!!
I like to use small cuts away from myself
. It does not have to be exactly straight -you can sand it down later. (This can get very dusty! Use eye and breathing protection)
Step 4: Sand all the edges including the ends. Dust the outside and inside completely.
Step 5: Cut a piece of contact paper to about 7 inches by 6 1/2 inches. Stick the middle of the contact paper to the outside and then curve it to the inside. You could really decorate it however you want! Paint, Stickers etc.
I found it was easiest to run a towel along the inside to smooth it down where my fingers couldn't reach.
You are done! Slip the needles in the tube and put the end caps on. I have not decided how to decorate the end of the tubes (or if I want to leave them white).
1 8ft length of PVC piping: $4.98 (that was the only length they had)
End caps: 27 cents
Contact paper: $5.65 (I needed to redo my pantry anyway)
Everything else I already had. There is enough piping here to make 15 of these!
It only took about 5 to 10 minutes to make. I hope someone finds this useful. Thanks!