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Friday, March 12, 2010

Ripped refashioned Doona cover Tutorial

After finding many old doona covers, origins unknown, I have decided to put them to use because theyre  either too old to give away or too pretty to want to part with.
Because I hate waste and useless things I am converting them into something useful. This is my first sheet project of the year.

Ripped Sheet/Doona Knitted Bathmat

Ingredients

One old queen size doona cover OR top and bottom queen size sheet set.

Sewing machine

The ability to rip
Size 3  knitting needles and/or Size 3 circular needles
Any size crochet hook
Method

Remove frills, edges where there is thick seams and press studs/velcro.

Start playing the Old Devo "Crack that whip" song in your head but change the words to "Rip that Sheet"

Cut at 3 cm intervals a 1 cm deep cut along the top edge of your doona then start ripping the strips.

RIP THOSE SHEETS

If you had both top and bottom placed perfectly when you snipped the 3cm intervals you can rip both top and bottom at once.
RIP THEM ALL TO BITS

When finished ripping gather one and of each strip to keep them organize and from getting tangled.

JOIN THOSE STRIPS

Sew strip ends together (I used and overlocker for this bit but any stitch will do)

ROLL THEM INTO BALLS
Roll into 1 massive ball ( the kids love helping with this) or 2 slightly massive balls. If you have 2 balls remember that you will have to drag your work to a machine to sew the last strip of the first ball to the first strip of the second ball.

KNIT THOSE STRIPS
Now cast on 36 stitches onto the smallest needles you can work with. I used long number 3 needles to cast on then transferred to circular needles size 3.
Row 1 till the end is knit one purl one. length varies depending on your preference or sheet strip quantity.

NOW MAKE YOUR BATHROOM MAT
Cast off and thread remaining strips through the edges of the mat using a crochet hook.
Bath Mat measures 38cm x 68 cm and is 1 cm thick.  That's pretty darn thick ya know and its worth it when you feel how yummy it is on your feet.

To make it larger you could use more sheeting but my aim was 1 discarded Doona Cover with minimal scraps and I  am pretty pleased with the result.

If you make one please share your results and methods if it was different.
Oh and because it is so thick, allow plenty of drying time after it becomes wet:)

Have fun and  
RIP IT....RIP IT GOOD!!

Cheers
Melanie

6 comments:

Hannah March 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

Love it, it looks so cushy, well done!

Move With Me March 14, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

the effect is pretty darn good, its a great idea... love the fact - no waste.

MAtey you need to put all these enviro ideas into a book.. so needed in this world.. i reckon it would be a great seller....

Melanie March 14, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

Hannah - Yes it is very cushy:) Thanks

Aisha - I cant claim this idea. It was being done long before we got so greedy and became such consumers. Its a good idea though. I always wanted to write a book lol

Leanne March 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

Ah there are so many methods...I think the devo definately helps!! Thanks for doing the tutorial. I will get to this project...sometime!

Stephanie and Carlos March 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Oh Oh Oh... this is a little bit awesome!! Woohoo!!

xo Steph

Cheap Essay June 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

well i rarely leaves comment on any site but your blog is really so amazing that i can't stop myself from making comment on it...

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