DIY double point holders
Don't need 100 black caps? Now you can buy fancy beaded ones at my Etsy store
It's hard to believe it from my stash, but sometimes I like to be frugal.
These little critters are StitchKeepers by Rollie
It's two caps with elastic holding them together so they hold your stitches on your DPNS and keep you from stabbing yourself. Genius.
When I saw these for sale for $6 each (plus shipping) I thought I could do better, especially since I wanted them in multiples.
Project Cost: About $8 to make 50 pairs! (Great for secret pal friends)
Project Time: About 5 minutes for each pair
Skill: You need to be able to not harpoon yourself with the needle.
Vinyl Caps: (1" tall inside, 3/8" diameter fits sets of 5 DPNs to US 3)
I ordered from The MSC Industrial Supply catalog for $2.95 for a package of 100 (part number 31992183). Hardware stores would have them too. To avoid funny looks while looking for them, tell the hardware store employee they are commonly used to protect people from protruding screws or metal rods.
Elastic cord: I used clear beading elastic or any other strong, thin stretch cord.
(Photos are taken with colored yarn so you can see. Hard to take photos of clear elastic, ya know).
Super glue, if desired.
Sharp pointed, heavy duty large eyed sewing needle that you can thread your elastic through.
Scissors to trim the elastic
1) Thread cord through needle. Squeeze the cap in half with your fingers, or squish it flat on a cutting board. Carefully Poke through the cap about 1/4" away from the opened end, keeping the cord close to the top of the cap. Draw cord through.
2) Secure the ends of the cord in a double knot. You can use a dab of super glue on the knot to really secure it, but I haven't found it necessary.
3) For the other end, repeat Step #1, threading the other end of the elastic through another cap. Don't secure or trim the cord yet!
4) Place both endcaps on your favorite DPNs. Determine how much cord *under tension* you will need to hold your caps on. I do this by gently pulling on the elastic cord, taking up the slack until I think it looks good. It doesn't take much tension to hold the caps on well. When your satisfied, tie the other end of cord. Remove the caps from your DPNs if you want to glue as in Step 2.
5) All done!