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Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Pouf using IKEA DRÖNA boxes

T-Shirt Yarn pouf/footstool crocheted over 2 IKEA Drona boxes
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Not quite worthy of the title “IKEA hack”, but definitely a repurpose; this little footstool gets it’s shape from two IKEA DRÖNA storage boxes, one inserted into the other.

Like many a household across the world I heart the IKEA KALLAX units and DRONA boxes for toy storage. With three young children to contend with however, the boxes can sometimes take a battering. They’ve been sat in, drawn on, stood on, used as go-carts – you name it, in our house, the DRONA boxes have endured.

After replacing a few of the more worn-out looking boxes, I was stuck for what to do with the old ones. Around the same time I was also stuck for how I could make a cube footstool from T-Shirt yarn that would hold it’s shape, without having to buy copious quantities of stuffing. And one day the two problems came together to give me a solution. Oh happy day 🙂

Pre-crochet instructions

I packed one box tightly so that the footstool would hold its shape. I used old clothes that were earmarked for the charity shop but you could also use poly foam or an old duvet. Next, I pushed the second box down on top of the filled one. At this stage I stuffed an old cushion insert under the zip to give a little extra padding for the top of the stool.

 2 ikea drona boxes used to make an insert for a pouf/footstool
Before. Pretty tired looking boxes!

Materials

Hoooked Zpaghetti Yarn (2 large skeins)

10mm (N/15) Crochet hook

Pattern

Notes:

  1. The hook size might vary depending on the weight of your yarn – T-Shirt yarn skeins vary depending on the source material. So you might need to use a 12mm for a very thick yarn.
  2. On my first try I made the top section exactly the same number of chains/rows as the rectangle created by the side section. However I found that this stretched the top section too much and it did not sit will. This is why I added an extra bit of “give” to the top and bottom sections. As with the hook, the weight of the yarn might impact your number of rows.
  3. Gauge is more important than stitch count for this pattern. Each section you make should cover the appropriate area of the box when slightly stretched. This might change depending on the weight & stretchiness of your T-Shirt yarn. I have found that there is a huge amount of variation between skeins, depending on the source fabric.

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Pattern (US)

Abbreviation (US)Stitch Description (US)
chChain
scSingle Crochet
sl stSlip Stitch

Sides

The 4 sides are all worked in one piece.

Ch 23

Row 1: 1 sc into second chain from hook, repeat until end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2:  1 sc into each stitch across.

Row 2-90: Repeat until long enough cover the 4 sides of the box when slightly stretched (for me this was 90 rows). End on an even number.

Top & Bottom

Ch 24

Row 1: 1 sc into second chain from hook, repeat until end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: 1 sc into each stitch across.

Repeat until long enough to cover the top of the box (for me this was 28 rows).

Assembly

Sew edges of the long side piece (I just used a small crochet hook to weave the ends together).

Slip this over the DRONA box frame – I found it easier to attach the top and bottom pieces this way.

sl st the top and bottom sections to main section.

Top view of finished T-Shirt yarn crocheted pouf/footstool
Pouf – top view

Pattern (UK)

Abbreviation (UK)Stitch Description (UK)
chChain
dcDouble Crochet
sl stSlip Stitch

Sides

The 4 sides are all worked in one piece.

Ch 23

Row 1: 1 dc into second chain from hook, repeat until end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2:  1 dc into each stitch across.

Row 2-90: Repeat until long enough cover the 4 sides of the box when slightly stretched (for me this was 90 rows). End on an even number.

Top & Bottom

Ch 24

Row 1: 1 dc into second chain from hook, repeat until end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: 1 dc into each stitch across.

Repeat until long enough to cover the top of the box (for me this was 28 rows).

Assembly

Sew edges of the long side piece (I just used a small crochet hook to weave the ends together).

Slip this over the DRONA box frame – I found it easier to attach the top and bottom pieces this way.

sl st the top and bottom sections to main section.

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