Ikea hack : from a bin to a crochet footrest [step-by-step tutorial]

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

I often crochet on my desk, watching a serie, but I was missing something to put my feet on.  

As I already had a bin under my desk… I thought “why not transform it into a footrest?” and so I went for it ! Here is how I made it ! 

1. Material

– Ikea Knodd bin 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka 

– Foam for chairs

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

 – Contact glue

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

– A piece of fabric, slightly larger then the bin’s lid

– Worsted weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook

– (optionnal) a ribbon to surround the lid

2. The cushion

Place the lid over the foam and pre-cut it with your cutter.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Then you can remove the lid and go on cutting the foam.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Place the foam circle over your piece of fabric.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Cut the fabric around it and notch it roughly. 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Put some glue over your foam and turn it over the fabric.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Put some glue on each little piece of fabric and glue them on the foam one by one, as shown on the pictures. 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Put some glue on the lid

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

And put your cushion and some books over it, for the glue to do its job well !

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

That’s it for the first step !

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

 

3. The cover

I wanted it to be separate in order to be able to wash it easily so I made it in crochet, but you could as well sew it ! 

Starting with a magic ring, make 6 single crochets in it, then go on adding 6 single crochets in each rounds (see how to switch your stitches in order to have a perfect circle rather then an hexagon)

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Go on until your crochet circle covers the entire cushion

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Then make a rounds of slip stitches

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Then another round where you are going to single crochet in the back loop only of the single crochets of the previous round (see pic for a better understanding ^^) an start to decrease so the cover would fit your cushion perfectly (I made 6 decreases in the 2 first rounds and 3 decreases in the others)

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

That will make a small border.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Go on until the entire cushion is covered.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

And finish with a row of (5 double crochet, chain 1, skip a stitch) and repeat until the end of the row. 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Insert your ribbon into the holes you’ve just made.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

And that’s it for the second step !

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

For this cover, I used Captain America coasters tutorial and I’ve added some rows until it covered the entire lid too. 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

4. Customization 

I made a moustache but it could be any other applique really ! As this post is already very long, I won’t add the pattern for the mustache here, but I could make a bonus post about it at the end of the week if you’d like !

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Pin the applique on your cover, giving it a bit of relief like I did if you’d like. 

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Sew it on with the same yarn you used to make it and a tapestry (or yarn) needle.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Stuff it a little bit.

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

And that’s it ! Weave in the ends and you’re done !

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

Ikea crochet hack by ahooka

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