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amybarnett
« on: August 17, 2008 01:03:55 PM »

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
masking tape
sharpie
contact paper

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).

Cost:
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!
« Last Edit: August 17, 2008 01:10:52 PM by amybarnett » THIS ROCKS   Logged
oohmybees
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2008 01:29:47 PM »

What a clever idea, I so need one of these!!!  Thanks for the tute Smiley

Maybe you should make more with the extra pvc pipe and sell or swap them, I bet a lot of people would love to have one.
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JLMS
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008 02:10:24 PM »

Brilliant!
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stefferroo
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2008 02:15:44 PM »

That's so smart.  I need to make myself one of these.
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I have to send it WHEN?!?


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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 02:49:56 PM »

This is a great idea.  For an even cheaper version (although less sturdy obviously) you could use a paper towel roll!
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breemonkey
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2008 05:37:16 PM »

What a great idea!  i'll definitely bookmark this and try it when I have some time.
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