Wednesday, May 6, 2009

DIY-Swift...Look at What I Made

(Warning: double post today)...enjoy!

As mentioned in my previous post, I ordered a ball winder and needed a swift. I did some research on the Internet and found the swifts to be quite expensive. In my search, I uncovered some instructions on making my own swift: from PVC tubes to coat hangers. I chose to go the coat hanger way. Here's my first DIY project, my lovely swift.

My very own swift

I found some of the items at my local Walmart. The Lazy Susan is made out of bamboo and there was a red tag on this item...big price reduction. The bag of 50 clothespin was $1.34. The 5-pack of heavy duty beige hangers was $1.50. I bought the 3 items for $9.84. I found the small box, the elastic, and the gripper pad in my sewing room.

Another view with some of the pieces. Notice how everything matches in color

As you can see I should be able to use different size hanks on my swift:

Another view with some bright yarn

My cardboard box was actually 2 inches too large. I ended up cutting slits in the corners and letting the coat hangers drop into the slits and resting on the box. I may have to put some "weights" into the box to anchor the swift down. I guess that's what metal washers are for and I'm sure I can find some in the basement.

Another angle of my swift

Now for those of you who are interested in making your own, there are wonderful instructions at webecca's blog where I got the idea from.


1 comment:

Trina said...

FANTASTIC tutorial!! Thanks for the link! Must make one this weekend :)