Here is a super quick but thoughtful gift you can make your kids’ teachers this year! Practical, inexpensive, and adorable… Dust off your sewing machine, because you have no choice–you’re totally going to do this with me!
- Pump Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
- One 8 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of fabric (Wash and dry your fabric before you cut it, to make sure this project is machine washable.)
- Straight Pins
- Sewing gauge or ruler
- Sewing Machine/Thread
- Iron and Ironing board
- Embellishments of your choice!
You’ll be able to churn out several of these pretty quickly after the first one. I based this tutorial on an 8 oz. bottle of Purell.
Step 1: With WRONG SIDES TOGETHER (in other words, you should be looking at the pretty side of the fabric as you sew) sew the 6 1/4″ ends of your fabric together leaving 1/4″ seam allowance. That doesn’t leave you a ton of space, so go carefully, and pin it beforehand if you think it will help. We’re about to make French seams!!!
Step 2: Press that seam to one side. Turn the piece inside out, and press the seam into a crease.
Step 3: Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, stitch the side again with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. (You should be looking at the wrong side of the fabric now.)
Step 4: Press the seam flat, and turn your work right side out again. Before you begin the next step CENTER that seam. You want it to be in the center of the back of your bottle. It wouldn’t hurt to press your work flat this way so you remember.
Step 5: With WRONG SIDES TOGETHER stitch the bottom with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press, turn inside out, then stitch again with a 3/8″ seam allowance. You’re getting the hang of it now! Have you noticed yet that 3/8″ is probably just the edge of your presser foot? 😉
Step 6: Go back to your ironing board, and press that bottom seam flat. Now, keeping your work inside out, turn it bottoms up, and sort of karate chop the center so you have two “ears”. See?
Step 7: Bring these ears together and press them flat.
Step 8: Measuring 5/8″ from the tips of ears, stitch a line on each one. You’ll want to press the ears so that they point upward, toward the bottle’s spout.
Step 9: You’re almost done! We just have to hem the top! Fold down 1/2″ and press. Fold down 1/2″ again and press. Stitch with 3/8″ seam allowance.
Step 10: Add embellishments!!! This might just be a bow around the neck of the bottle, or bows/ buttons/embroidery/lace on the cozy itself! Get creative! Now do a happy dance!!! You have an adorable gift for your kids’ teachers, or just for cuteness around your home!
I’m thinking I’ll tuck in one of these quick tissue holders to coordinate and voila! Winter illnesses will be no match for my kids teachers!
Apx. cost of this project:
Hand Sanitizer: $1-3
Thread/notions: Free-$1 depending on your embellisments!
Mine cost: $3 because I paid full price for my hand sanitizer. Dag nabit!
Time for this project: 12 minutes 6 seconds (Full Disclosure: This was my personal best stopwatch time after a few practices. Betcha’ can’t beat it!)
Send me a link to your photos because you’re totally doing this project!