Candle Jar Cozy

There’s nothing like a good scented candle to bring a sense of the season to a house.  I’ve disappointed many a friend and family member when they’ve walked into the house and thought I was baking something delicious, only to find out it was a candle burning.  I can evoke a sense of summer fruit or Christmas cookies and all I need is a lighter.  I almost feel guilty.

Because I’m such a fan of candles, I love to give them as gifts.  Not that a candle alone isn’t great to give and receive, but it’s nice to add a little handmade touch.  For my grandma’s birthday recently, I sent her this:

You might recognize the fabric from the tote bag I made for her last year – she loved it.  Underneath that wrap is a Lavender Vanilla Yankee candle, which smelled even better than it sounded, but it’s the wrap I want to talk about today.  It’s quick to make and it can be moved on to the next jar when this candle is empty.  I liked it so much I made myself a Christmas version.  Don’t tell Santa.

To make this you’ll need:

outside fabric, cut to 13 1/2" by 4”

inside fabric, cut to 13 1/2” by 4”

batting, cut to 13 1/2” by 4”

Elastic cord, 3” long

button, 5/8 – 1”

You’ll also need five to nine squares of fabric, either 3” square for the five petal flower or 2” square for the nine petal and a button for the center.  Make the flower using the tutorial shown here.

Lay the outside piece face up.  Tie the ends of the elastic together using a piece of thread or zigzag on your sewing machine.  Place the elastic in the center of one end with the loop facing in.  Add a tag on the other end if you have one.

Lay the inside piece over that, right side down.  Finish with the batting on top and pin everything in place.  Stitch around the outside, 1/4” from the edge, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom for turning.  I always add some extra stitching over the elastic so it doesn’t pop out.

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.  Top stitch all the way around, close to the edge.

Loop it around like it will be on the candle with the ends touching and mark the spot where the elastic reaches without stretching.  Stitch the button on that spot.

Stitch your flower on where ever it looks best on your cozy.

Wrap it around the candle and hook the loop around the button.  I made sure this was tall enough to cover the label on most 22 ounce candles.

This would make a great gift for a teacher, a neighbor or my grandma.  I’ve got her covered, so go ahead and give yours to someone else.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to need one of these for every season, just like my candles.

Adding Sides to a Skinny T-Shirt

To be honest, this is a t-shirt expansion, but who wants to write that in a title? 

Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 1

Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 1

I bought this shirt a few years ago and wore it once.  Typically, the problem I have with t-shirts is that they shrink in length, even washing in cold and drying on low.  I’m long-waisted, so that really doesn’t work for me.  However, this particular shirt kept its length, but shrunk around, and it wasn’t particularly stretchy to begin with.  I could get it on, but breathing was an issue.  I’m not even going to talk about those arm holes.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 2

In order to add more space, I decided to add a knit panel to each side.  I happened to have a black t-shirt that someone had clearly worn in the kitchen and splattered something oily across the entire front of it, so I cut up the undamaged back.  The good news is, now I have an apron.  If you don’t have a throwaway shirt to cut up, a piece of knit fabric will work as well.

Lay the shirt out flat with the side seam up.  Measure the underarm seam from the edge of the sleeve to the bottom of the shirt.  Make a note of the measurement.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 3

Remove the seam by cutting close to it on both sides.  You’re welcome to use a seam ripper and unstitch it instead, but I figured since I was adding fabric anyway it was not worth the extra time.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 4

You should be able to open out the shirt like this.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 5

Cut two pieces of knit the width you want to add (remember you’re adding it to both sides) plus one inch.  Cut the length the measurement of the side seam plus 2 inches.  I reused the existing hem on the t-shirt I cut up, so I only added one inch.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 6

Hem the top and bottom edges by folding under 1 inch, pressing and sewing.  I used a narrow zig-zag stitch.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 7

Lay the panel face down on the side of the shirt.  Match the ends to the sleeve and bottom hem and line up the edges.  Pin generously.  Repeat with the other side.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 8

Stitch with a 1/2” seam.  Again, I used a narrow zig-zag, then went over the edges again with a wider zig-zag stitch to finish.  Fold the panels out.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 9

Bring the back of the shirt down over the top, so the right sides of the shirt and panels are facing each other.  Pin in place and stitch, just like you did with the front of the shirt.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 10

Turn it right side out, and…it looks really weird, right?  I was a little worried at this point, but it’s really cute once it’s on a body.

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 11

See?

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 12

The inserted panel looks like it belongs there.  T-shirt saved!

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Wonder Woman Shirt Remodel - Crafty Staci 13

Binder Bandolier

If I can be accused of having too much of something in my house, besides crafting stuff, it’s office supplies.  A colorful set of file folders or cheap spiral notebooks get me every time.  I’m still on the search for the perfect pen.  Long after my kids have moved on, which is very soon, you’ll still find me in the back to school aisle, scoping out my next package of Sharpies. In my defense, I do use what I collect.  Eventually.  I’d be especially lost without my three ring binders, but if I could throw a few extra supplies inside they would be even better.  Done.  Want to know how I turned this:

Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 1

Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 1

Into this?

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 2

With this inside?

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 3

To make the bandolier, you’ll need a piece of fabric for the part on the front of the binder cut to 14 1/4” by 4 1/2” with a matching piece of iron-on interfacing.  Cut a second piece of fabric and interfacing to 12 3/4” by 4 1/2” for the inside section.  You’ll also need a piece of 1” wide elastic cut to 12 3/4” and 3/4” wide Velcro cut to 3/4”.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 4

Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of both fabric pieces.  Fold the smaller piece in half lengthwise and press the fold.  Unfold.  Pin the elastic down the center 1/2” from the fold.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 5

Stitch across the elastic at the following measurements from the top (with the fold to your left):

  • 1/2”

  • 1 1/2”

  • 2 1/2”

  • 3 1/2”

  • 4 1/2”

  • 7 1/2”

  • 9”

  • 10 1/2”

Add a final row of stitching 1” from the bottom edge.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 6

With right sides together, stitch the two fabrics together at the top of the piece with the elastic with a 1/4” seam.  Press the seam open.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 7

Fold both remaining short ends under 1” and press.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 8

Fold the entire piece right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the edge down the long side.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 9

Turn right side out through the end.  It’s easiest if you start from the end without the elastic.  Press, carefully avoiding the elastic.  Topstitch close to the edge all the way around and across near the seam where the two fabrics meet.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 10

Position the Velcro 1/4” from the end on the back of the piece with the elastic.  Pin the other piece 1/4” from the other end, on the front.  Stitch in place around the edge and with an X through the center.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 11

To add fabric inside a windowed three ring binder, cut a piece of freezer paper the size of the front.  Iron the shiny side onto the back side of the fabric.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 12

Cut it out and slide into the front of the binder.  You can do the same to add fabric to the spine.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 13

Wrap the bandolier around so the elastic is on the inside and the Velcro is at the bottom.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 14

Add the supplies of your choice and you’re ready to go.

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Binder Bandolier - Crafty Staci 15

As soon as I find that perfect pen, I know exactly where it’s going.

Binder Bandolier Tutorial from Crafty Staci

Binder Bandolier Tutorial from Crafty Staci

Mason Jar Scrunchie

This past weekend, I had both a 70th birthday party and a bridal shower to attend.  Instead of making my life easier and creating gifts from patterns I already had, I spent the week designing a brand-new apron and hand-cutting a stencil to etch a mason jar.  But both guests of honor are totally worth it. 

I’ll tell you more about the apron another day.  The birthday girl was the mom of one of our closest friends.  I decided to etch her name on a mason jar, making it a fun, personalized drinking glass.  I’d love to show it to you, but unfortunately you can’t see the lettering in any of the photos I took before I wrapped it.  The etching did turn out great, but it just needed a little something else to spice it up.  This little scrunchie did the trick.

Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 1
Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 1

To make one of these, all you need is

  • 10 1/2” of 1/2” wide elastic
  • 2” by 16” fabric for the band
  • 2” by 12” fabric for the flower
  • a button
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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 2

Fold one end of the band fabric under 1/4” and press.  Fold right sides together and stitch a 1/4” seam down the side, leaving the ends open.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 3

Turn the tube right side out.  Pin a large safety pin across one end of the elastic and pin another to the other end in the same direction as the elastic.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 4

Feed the elastic through the tube. 

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 5

Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1/2” and stitch through both ends.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 6

Pull the fabric ends together.  Push the raw end inside the folded end until they overlap by about 1/4”.  Stitch through the fabric and elastic.  Even out the gathers.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 7

To make the flower, turn one end of the flower fabric under 1/4” and press.  With right sides together, stitch 1/4” from the long edge.  Turn right side out.  Press with the seam centered on one side.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 8

Bring the two ends together and slide the raw end inside the folded.  Stitch.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 9

Hand stitch near one edge using long stitches and doubled thread.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 10

Pull the thread tight to gather into a flower.  Knot the thread.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 11

Stitch a button over the center of the flower onto the band.  Be sure to catch some of the flower in the stitching so it doesn’t slip off over the button.

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 12

I can’t believe how this took a fairly basic glass from okay to cute gift!

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Mason Jar Scrunchie - Crafty Staci 13