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DIY home decor: Cactus Pincushion tutorial

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I made this diy cactus pincushion a while ago after discovering this wonderful arts and crafts site, and I was so happy with how it turned out that I decided to make a new one. But this time I wanted to make a diy home decor item for one of my friends. I also wanted something that had an industrial feeling to it, hence the silver spray paint and the black yarn.

If you like it, you can make your own by following the instructions below.

Supplies

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  • Yarn in two contrasting colors
  • Knitting needles (check your gauge)
  • Darning or yarn needle
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Pins (not pictured)
  • Small clay pot and plate
  • Spray paint
  • Lace
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue (not pictured)

Instructions

1. Cast on enough stitches to knit a square that would fit inside the small clay pot in the following pattern:

ROW 1: k1, p1 till the end.

ROW 2: purl the knit stitches, and knit the purl stitches. Repeat these two rows until you achieve whichever length will fit your flower pot best.

This first knitted rectangle will be the base of your cactus, and you will be sewing the first section onto it.

2. Next, cast off and make a ball by joining the four corners together and filling it in with fiber fill.

3. Now, you can knit several rectangles of different sizes following the same pattern.

Cast off each rectangle and sew the longer sides together to create a cylinder.

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diy home decor | homemade gifts | cactus pincushion tutorial

4. Next, fill in each cylinder with fiber fill and attach the longest, thickest one to the base of the cactus. This will be your “trunk”.

Now you can sew the rest of the cylinders to the trunk of your diy home decor cactus. You can also attach different segments to other sections to create ramifications and interesting shapes.

5. And now, it’s time add some flowers to your diy project.

FLOWERS

1. First, check your gauge and select the appropriate crochet hook. Then, use the magic loop method to begin and knit 6sc in the loop.

2. Now, make 2 dbc and 1 slc in EACH of the 6 stitches. When you are done, fasten off.

3. Last, sew your flowers to your cactus.

Finishing touches

All you have left to do now to finish your diy home decor item is simple and fast!

1. First, glue the clay pot to the plate using a hot glue gun.

2. Next, spray paint the outside of the pot, making sure you get the inside of the plate. Wait until it’s completely dry; but don’t worry, it shouldn’t take long. The nice thing about spray paint is that it dries fairly quickly.

3. Once your flower pot is dry, you can glue your cactus to it using the hot glue gun.

4. Your new awesome cactus is now ready to get some pins in place.

5. Finally, you can glue a small piece of lace to the rim using fabric glue. And you are all done!

Enjoy your new cactus pincushion, or gift it to someone you care about! Don’t forget to leave a comment, let me know how your projects turn out!

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DIY knit tutorial: Pillow Covers

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Follow this diy knit tutorial to make your own pillow covers. It’s easy if you know how to knitt. But if you don’t, don’t despair, I will be posting tutorials and tips soon. Stay tuned and keep on crafting!

This diy knit tutorial will show you how to make your own personalized home decor fast, and for little or no money. If you have some extra yarn and a little time, you can make your own too. Just keep on reading to find out how 😀

Materials and supplies

  • Ugly pillows that you’d like to cover up. If you don’t have any, you could fill your pillow covers with poly-fill instead. Another option would be to buy some at a thrift store, but you’ll need to send them to the dry-cleaners first (bed bugs are no fun!).
  • Scrap yarn (I used what I had left from the ottoman covers)
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn needle

DIY knit tutorial: directions

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1. First, you need to figure out your gauge. Once you know how many stitches you need, cast enough to knit this cable pattern.

2. Then, knit a strip long enough to cover both sides of your pillow. This way, you can minimize the number of seams that you’ll have to sew later. But if you prefer to knit smaller sections, then knit each side of the pillow separately.

3. Then, wrap your knit around your pillow and stitch the edges. You can use a mattress stitch, it always look nice and it gives you a nice, polished finish.

And you are done! Enjoy your new pillow covers, and stay tuned for more fun and easy diy projects!

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DIY knit project: Ottoman cover

Decorate your home with style with this diy knit project

Knitting is possibly my favorite hobby, so whenever I find a diy knot project tutorial for my home, I get super excited! Give me a ball of yarn and needles and I’m the happiest girl on earth. Add in some music and a cat at me feet, and I’m in heaven. Now I may love cats as much as I love knitting, but what I don’t love is how they destroy my furniture.

Well, I was sick and tired of my scratched up furniture, so I decided to find a solution. The nice thing about diy knit projects is that I can make them again when they become weathered. So even if my cats decide to claw these ottoman covers to pieces, I can always make new ones and try different patterns. But I’m hoping this will help fix the scratching problem.

When I came across this knit pattern by Redheart Yarns, I decided to give it a try.

BEFORE

AFTER

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Materials

  • For this diy knit project, you need the following materials:
  • 2 skeins of Redheart Super Saver Jumbo in “Buff” (or whatever color matches your decor)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Knitting needles in size US 13 (9.0 mm.)
  • 2 row counters (or a pen and a piece of paper to keep count)
  • 1 yarn or darning needle
  • Safety pins (at least 10)
  • 1 cable needle
  • Pins
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Directions

1. First, you need to calculate your gauge following the instructions on the pattern. You will need to measure the width and length of your ottoman.

2. You can now follow the instructions on the original pattern. But if you are like me, you may want to modify it a little bit.

Even though sewing is another hobby that I really enjoy, I prefer to avoid seams when I knit. So instead of knitting 5 individual rectangles (or squares, depending on the size of your ottoman), I knitted a long strip to cover the top of the ottoman and two of the sides. Then, I knitted 2 rectangles of equal size to attach to each side of the long strip. If you do that, you will only have two seams to worry about instead of a million of them (or 4).

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diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor

3. I wanted to make sure that my finished diy knit project had the adequate dimensions and shape. So I first used safety pins to hold each side in place. Then, I joined the sides with a running stitch and thread in a contrasting color. Now you can carefully place the cover on your ottoman. If you like the way it looks, then you can sew all seams. I used a mattress stitch because it helps achieve a polished, professional finish.

4. Last, I recommend sewing the cover to the bottom of the ottoman to make sure it will stay in place. And you are done! Hopefully the cats will refrain from scratching it. But I doubt it, that seems to be their favorite hobby!

diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor
diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor
diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor



diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor

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