Random Acts of Sewing Kindness
One of my resolutions this year was to spread a little more kindness through gift giving. I'll admit - the first few months of the year got away from me! How is it March already? Regardless, I'm ready now! A good friend of mine is having a birthday this week and I wanted to make her a little something. Side note...Do you find it challenging to sew gifts for people that also love to sew? I find myself doubting my simpler ideas just because I know that she could so easily make that herself. But that's not the point is it? It truly is the thought that counts. And just think how much more special an item is because it was made for you instead of just another project checked off the personal to do list. So let me just encourage you to ignore that voice in your head. Simply think about what you would like to receive and don't worry another second about it. Your gift comes from a place of creativity and kindness. (And my very best advice - if you are worried the project is too simple, break out the really good fabric!) The gift I made is an adaptation on our Drawstring Bag tutorial. I still really love the way that bag goes together so it was fun to find another use for the same method. I'll walk you through the steps and give you sources for the plants and pots! First off, take a few minutes and watch the Drawstring Bag video if you haven't already. You can find it here. My instructions here will make a lot more sense if you have an understanding of how that bag goes together. For my gifts I used buckets I found at Michaels for $1.49. I'm sure Target has something similar right now too. Since I was making the fabric cozy I needed a pot that didn't have a drainage hole in the bottom. I would recommend putting a bit of sand or even broken clay pots in the bottom of your planters that don't have drainage so that any overwatering can filter down to the bottom without sitting in the soil and damaging the plant. I purchased a variety of cactus and succulents from Home Depot where the prices ranged from $3 - $5 for small plants. I also purchased potting soil that was specific for cactus and succulents. This is a special mixture that also helps with drainage. For the bucket pictured above I cut my outside and lining fabric to 9" x 16". I'm going to walk you through making a cozy for a pint size canning jar in this post. For the jar cozy I cut my two fabrics at 8-1/2" x 17". To make a cozy for another size pot I would recommend measuring around the largest spot of the pot with a fabric tape measure. Divide this by 2, then add 2". This number is the width of the cut fabric. For the length measure from the top of the pot, down across the bottom and back up the other side, then add 3" (or a little more if the pot isn't straight on the sides). This will be the length of the fabric that you need to cut. Cut an outside and a lining piece of fabric that are this width and length. From here you'll want to follow the drawstring bag instructions for the following three steps: (Watch the video for more detailed instruction!)
- Place fabrics right sides together and stitch around the perimeter using a 1/2" seam allowance and leave a 4" opening in the center of one long side.
- Turn right side out and press well, tucking in the raw edges of the opening.
- Fold each short end over 1" and press in place. Top stitch to create a casing.
- Clip or pin the sides in place. Sew each side with a 1/2" seam allowance, stopping 1/4" from the top casing.
- Turn the bag right side out.
- Instead of using two strands of twill tape for the drawstring we are going to use elastic. 1/2" elastic would be my preferred choice, but just use whatever you have. Thread it through the casing using a safety pin. Then try the cozy on the jar or pot that you are making it for. Pull the elastic tight and clip the desired spot.
- Remove the jar and sew the elastic together in the marked spot. Trim and thread the sewn end into the casing so you can't see it.