Funky Vase Cover

I had purchased a ball of yarn at a clearance sale. It’s a combination of wool, acrylic and nylon and has a bit of sparkle to it. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it until I found an orange vase I had laying around.

I made a resist then covered it with with two layers of odds and end batts with similar colors.

Then came the fun – wrapping the yarn around the resist in lines.

It was a bit fiddly flipping from side to side and then at the top and bottom to keep the yarn from falling off.

When I was satisfied I was ready to felt it, I went slow and easy checking frequently to make sure it was all staying together.  I purposely didn’t leave spaces between the lines thinking the yarn would felt to the backing and itself.

As you can see it’s a bit lumpy in spots and didn’t shink as much in height, so it’s a little taller than the vase.

I did a little needle felting to straighten things out and attach a few stray yarns.  But I was happy with the wavy texture.  I did also have to shave it a bit.  Then I had to decide what to do with it.  Here is one use:

I’m sure I could also use it for flowers, paint brushes or a number of other things. What would you use it for?

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22 Responses to Funky Vase Cover

  1. That looks great Marilyn. I would use it to keep my given public relation cards .

  2. I love the colors and the waves. I’d use it for all my crochet hooks.

  3. Tracey says:

    I think it’s great Marilyn, I like the lumps and bumps, and the jazzy colours. I think it would become a pen and pencil holder for me.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Tracey! You could pack a lot of pens and pencils in there. 🙂

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:


  5. Really like how the vase cover turned out, especially the rich texture made by the yarn waves. I made one of these a couple of years ago to cover a small square vase, and I keep my weaving sticks inside.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Cathy! I do, too. It turned out better than I expected. That’s a great use for your vase.

  6. ruthlane says:

    I love the effect of the yarn that you achieved with the very close placement on the background.

  7. Lyn says:

    I love the wavy pattern and colours!
    I would use it to keep my body cooling neck scarf in (a poly cotton tube filled with crystals that swell with cold water and it’s a great help with hot flushes). I keep it in my craft room in an open plastic tub so it’s handy to grab quickly.

  8. zedster66 says:

    Wow, Marilyn, that is ace! The shine, texture, ripples, it looks far too good for putting kitchen utensils in! I’d probably use it for a pen pot too.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Zed! I probably should use it for pens since I have several containers filled with them scattered around the kitchen.

  9. Leonor says:

    I love the waves! I’d probably use it to store knitting needles, it’s too pretty for the kitchen 😀

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Leonor! I love the waves, too? It would be great for knitting needles.

  10. It turned out great. Wrapping yarn around a resist is a chore. I think I would probably use it for my odds and ends in the studio. rotary cutter, scissors, pens markers etc.

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