Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tip if the Morning Tuesday~Can Cozy

I have all kinds of cans and all sizes too. I have decoupaged cans that I had that came with plastic lids in the past. But I have seen all kinds of cozies online for cups, teapots, bottles, cans, jars, etc. Some were knit cozies, some felted cozies and some were quilted cozies too. I got to thinking about making a quilted cozy for a tall can I have that I use for trash that sits on my cutting table. I decided to use scraps because I have so many scraps. But you can use all one fabric too. I made this in basically the same way that I made my Scrappy Table Runner, which is a free pattern on Craftsy. You can use tea tins, coffee tins, soup tins (be sure you have the kind of can opener that opens leaving a smooth edge and doesn't cut the can or your edge will be sharp if you use that type of tin can!)
I sewed scraps to make this quilted can cozy. Then I quilted it and added binding around 3 sides.
I added a flange-like extension piece to which I sewed a piece of Velcro to. I also sewed Velcro to the lining side just under the binding. The Velcro of course is what keeps the cozy on the can.
Looking down into the can.
Turned so you can see the other section of the cozy.

I printed some labels to sew on the cans too. Above is the label I made for my little trash can.

I use this quilted can cozy for trash, but I plan on making some more for:
  • Thread Snips (thread catchers)
  • Safety Pins
  • Glue Sticks
  • Velcro
  • Paper Clips
  • Clips (like Wonder Clips or Binder Clips)
  • Knitting Needles
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Q-tips
  • Yarn
  • Paint Brushes
  • Buttons
  • Snaps
  • Zippers

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  1. Daryl this is fabulous. I really love this idea of reusing items that would normally be thrown away. I try to reuse as many items as I can also.

  2. That's such a good idea. I like the idea of recycling things that would usually get thrown away. The cozies are also very pretty and are really little works of art.

    1. Thank you Deborah. I can't bear to throw out some of those nice cans and tins. Plus I can use up some fabric and batting scraps as well!

  3. I love these Daryl and I'm glad I got to see them in person. It a perfect addition that you have a label on your can but I was thinking about what I could do to make mine more versatile; I'm going to sew in a plastic pocket so I can change labels as needed. I appreciate the details in the photo because I really wanted to see how it was attached, the closure with a tab looks cleaner that if you would have had the binding on top as well it would have been too thick. I'm asking my neighbor to save her containers for the both of us.
    thanks for the tip today

  4. This is gorgeous, so handy and great that you've used cans rather than throw them away. I love how you did the closure too, much better than having it overlapping. I've got a load of cans saved in different sizes so now I just need to find the time to make some cozies. Really neat label maybe a tutorial in the future???? I'd love to know how you did yours.

  5. What a great idea for using up fabric scraps and cans that would have been thrown away. I also have your tutorial for the quilt as you go table runner, I can't wait to try making the runner.

  6. Daryl, this is a great way to put scraps to good use AND to dress up your trash! That's a great list to recycle cans for continued purpose after they're original use.

  7. You have elevated the humble little can into something beautiful and artistic and happy to be functional and noticed. December Delights Dear...

  8. Fabulous idea and a great way to use those small scraps:) Very pretty

  9. Terrific can cozy! You always have such cute ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    How fun it must have been to meet Mara. Wish I could have met her while she was in the States.

  10. OMG I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Love the fabric colors... what a beautiful job :)
    Now I'll start looking at cans in another way, thanks for the inspiration Daryl !


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