Craft: Fabric-Covered Jars

Crafting is dangerous territory.  Things can go wrong really quickly in the aesthetics department.   There are many terrible crafts out there, a prime example being wine cork covered bulletin boards of the 90s.  Just imagine all the drunk housewives chugging wine so they can make their precious bulletin boards.  "I just gotta drink one more".  Anyway, this is something I came up with in my head a while ago.  I was a bit hesitant to do it because I didn't feel like wasting time on a stupid idea.  But I finally did it yesterday.

I was prepared for the first one, in the swiss dot fabric (below), to be my favorite but it's not.  It's too precious and ruffly.   That said, I don't hate it. It looks kind of sweet with a tea light in it.  I can see a bunch of these at a garden party (b/c so many people I know are having garden parties especially at this time of year).   Next up came the stripe fabric.  Turns out, I like this one.  I bought the fabric on ebay and I believe its a shirt-weight fabric which makes me think it would be fun to use old shirts for this.  Maybe?  I think the stripe action works on this one.  And lastly, I did the floral design.  Whatever you do, don't use small floral prints where everything just blends together and looks like a spaghetti jar covered in flowers.  Odd and...not good.  Lesson learned.

Supplies: glass jar, fabric, Elmer's glue (or craft glue) and scissors Optional: bias tape maker (this would make for a much tidier look and it wouldn't be so loosey-goosey looking but I like my loose goose jar)

1. Fabric.  This is the most important part (besides the rest).  But depending on what you use, it can look pretty cool.  A light fabric will work best.  Use something with clear variations  in it like a stripe (think bold!) and stagger it a little for more visual interest.

2.  Make a small cut and then tear your fabric into strips from 1 to 1 1/2 in wide.  This should be quite easy.  Fabric likes to be torn.  It depends on how big your jar is but I used 10 strips approximately 8 in long for the white jar.

3. Place a line of glue along the long edge of your fabric.

4. Fold it in half and press  the fabric together to make sure it's glued well and folded nicely.

5.  Place another line of glue across the now-folded, rough, long edge and start at the bottom and overlap each strip so you can't see the rough edge of the one below it.  Do this all the way to the top.

6.  Once you get to the top, cut off most of the excess and glue and fold the rest over the lip of the jar.  If you plan to use this for tea lights, you want to make sure there's not much hanging over the lip.  Cut away any stray threads.  I didn't do this, but you could do a vertical strip along the edges if you don't like that showing (you'd have to do a triple fold so there aren't any raw edges though).  I just turn the jar so you can't see it.

Oh, and don't forget to sing yourself up for the giveaway!