Up-cycled ~ Crocheted Vase Covers
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Project article and photographs
by Madeleine M Langlois, MaddyLane Designs
Styled by the yarn, Crocheted Vase Covers.
Dress up plain vases with fall colours and flair to add warm to any decor.
Hands-on time: About one hour to make one vase cover.
Total time: Plus time to add beads and or fringe detailing.
Skill: Super easy, with basic crochet skills.
Project cost: Under $7.00 per vase cover.
Materials & tools:
· Assorted vases or tall glasses in various heights, cylindrical or square
· Assorted novelty yarns ( about half a ball to a ball per vase cover, depending on the size of the vase)
· Crochet hook (size 6.5 mm )
· Measuring tape
· Your choice of beads
· Your choice of branches or dried flowers
(Materials for this project are available at craft and at yarn stores.)
There are so many gorgeous novelty yarns available on the market these days that it’s almost hard to resist picking up a crochet hook or knitting needles. Aside from the usual scarf, vest, hat and sweater, think home decorative accents. This fall dress up plain vases with distinctive colourful covers using interesting textured yarns and a basic single crochet stitch.
Clean the glass vases thoroughly before starting the project.
To make a tubular vase cover or band, start by measuring the circumference of a plain vase or glass.
Row 1: Make a slip loop with the yarn, and place it over the hook. Take the yarn over the hook and draw it through the loop to make the first chain stitch. Continue to make as many chain stitches as needed to go around the vase, plus an extra loop or two to allow the cover to easily slip over the vase. Join the last stitch to the first with a slip stitch (insert the hook into the top of the first chain and draw the yarn through the chain and the loop on the hook).
Row 2: The entire second row consists of single crochet stitches (insert the hook in next chain, pull up a loop, place yarn over hook and draw through both loops on the hook), then join the last stitch of the round to the first with a slip stitch.
Repeat Row 2 until your piece is the desired length (e.g., the same as the height of your vase or just a 10cm band). For a clean finish, cut the yarn, leaving about a 10cm length of yarn. Take the yarn around the hook and draw through the loop on the hook to fasten off. Weave the end back through several stitches, then clip close to the work.
Slip the completed cover over the awaiting vase, then adorn with fall foliage or branches. Change the yarn covers with the seasons or as your mood desires.
Beads and fringes: Embellish your vase cover with assorted beads. You can place these as a center accent or along the edges. To make fringe tassels, cut five 12cm lengths of assorted textured and coloured yarns. Hold the lengths together in a bunch with the ends even, and fold bunch in half. Slip folded end through one of the stitches along the border and then pull ends through loop to knot in place. Repeat until the edge of the crocheted cover is fringed to your liking.
These vase covers are a great way to use up yarn leftover from other projects. Using a combination of colours will make a style impact. Metallic yarns are ideal for holiday decorative accents.
Different types of yarns and crochet sizes will change the look of the single crochet stitch. For added variety, use other crochet stitches, such as double crochet, treble crochet, and clusters. Simply go wild.
Instead of soft yarn, you can opt to use jute, hemp and raffia to achieve a down-to-earth natural look.
You can crochet other decorative accents, such as napkin rings, coasters, table runners, and pillow covers.
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