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Monday, October 31, 2011


Giving a gift of homemade cookies or candies? Here’s a quick, no-sew way to make the container into a gift as well. I made a Christmas gift jar, but you can decorate yours for any holiday or theme. -- AP

glass jar
small piece of print fabric
small piece of contrasting felt
2 Velcro dot fasteners
double-stick permanent no-sew fabric adhesive
fabric glue
pinking shears

1. Measure the circumference of the jar. Add 3” to that measurement. Measure the height of the jar. Add 1”. Cut a piece of fabric as wide as the first measurement and as tall as the second measurement. (For the sample, a jar that measures 12” in circumference x 6” tall, I cut a piece of fabric 15” x 7”.)

2. Press under short ends 1/2”. Glue. Press under long ends 1/2”. Glue. Fold fabric, wrong sides together, lengthwise. Press. Glue along two short and one long edge.

3. Using pinking shears, cut a piece of coordinating color felt 1” taller than height of the folded fabric and desired width for front of jar. (Sample is 3-1/4” wide x 4” tall.)

4. Peel off paper backing and apply adhesive to wrong side of printed fabric.

5. Cut out fabric to fit within felt.

6. Peel off second sheet of paper. Position fabric centered on felt. Cover with pressing cloth. Following manufacturer’s directions for temperature and time, iron fabric to secure to felt.

7. Position Velco dots on short ends of wrap to fit around jar. Glue dots to fabric.

8. Fill jar with treats.


Liz V. said...

Maybe a use for all those Christmas cards I used to send off to charities for their crafts?


Absolutely, Liz!

Barbara D. said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)