Friday, October 10, 2014

tutorial - autumn candle jar cozies

Well, it took all week, but I think I've recovered from my marathon Getting To Know Me post!  Just a little side note, I published that post at 3:30am, fell asleep around 4, and then got up with the kids at 6:50!  Needless to say, I wasn't able to take a rest during the day (kids!) and stayed up until about midnight to finish a post for Crate Paper.  I did mention I liked to work under pressure, right?!  Tuesday wasn't so fun, but I'm doing much better now!

Last weekend, before all of that happened, you may have seen my Autumn Candle Jar Cozies Tutorial on the Gossamer Blue blog.  This project was so much fun and even though I've been doing more DIY/home decor projects than I certainly ever used to, this one was not my typical "comfort zone" kind of thing.  But I am so glad I did it--and it was super-easy so I hope you enjoy it and try it, too!  Here it is, just in case you missed it...


It's around this time of year when I like to have candles burning all day long.  The nostalgic scents of pumpkin, apple, and spice get me in the mood for the upcoming holiday season.  I'm sure that, as you've perused Pinterest, you've seen the cute candle cozies made from socks and sweaters.  They've been bouncing around the internet for awhile now and I've always wanted to make some.  So when I spotted the "sweater weather" die cut in the pack of Gramercy Road Ephemera last month, I knew it was time to give them a try.


Most of the the examples I've seen require sewing.  Since I lack any kind of skill when it comes to fabric-sewing, I wanted to come up with my own idea that was stitch-free.  I've got a quick tutorial for you on how I made my no-sew cozies.  (However, if you love to stitch or knit, please do so!)


Supplies needed: {I'll elaborate on these as we go along}
A sweater
A jar
Fabric scissors
A small piece of cotton canvas
Adhesive
Votives or tea lights
Jute twine
Patterned paper and embellishments of your choice
Gossamer Blue kits/collections used:

I chose a couple of my old cream-colored cable knit sweaters to start.  Old, thrifted, new--use whatever is your preference, but you will be cutting off the sleeves so I wouldn't exactly recommend destroying a brand new garment.  Decide what size jar you want to use.  I went with 16 oz wide mouth mason jars  because they have straight sides and a large rim for easy access to the candles inside of them.


First, push the jar down into the cuff of the sweater.  I folded the rim of the cuff over on some of my jars, but this is optional.  Next, using a pair of fabric shears that are sharp and strong enough to cut through the thick knit of a sweater, cut the sleeve off at 3/4" below the bottom of the jar.  You can eyeball this; what you want is enough material to fold under the jar without creating a lot of bulk.  If you have too much bulk, your jar will sit unevenly, which is not a good thing when there's a fire burning inside of it, right?


Using a die cut machine, punch, or scissors, cut a 2 1/2" circle from patterned paper.  Since fall is my theme and each finished jar features a wood leaf, I chose Gramercy Road's "Cedar Creek" design for it's colorful scattered leaves.


Turn your jar upside down and set the circle on the bottom.  I wanted the leaves to be seen if you looked down into the jar so I covered the pink and brown striped side with my adhesive and carefully folded the sweater ends over it.  For my glue, I used Fabri-Tac because it's my go-to adhesive for just about everything other than paper, but a glue gun will get the job done, too. 


When the jar is turned upright, you see a pretty fall pattern beneath the glass bottom.


Cut another 2 1/2" circle from your swatch of canvas.  You will adhere it to cover the ends of your sweater.  This helps balance the jar and creates a tidy appearance.  By adhering the sweater ends to the  patterned paper and canvas circle, the cover can be easily removed if you need to wash the jar.  (I recommend spot-cleaning only to treat the cozy itself.) 


You are now ready to embellish--the very best part of any project, I say!  


I wanted these jars to be a bit rustic and minimal so chose only a few coordinating elements.  Gossamer Blue's own Gramercy Road, with it's soft-spoken color palette and warm autumn theme was exactly what I had in mind, offering subtle phrases that epitomize chilly fall days.  The gorgeous wood leaves from the Life Pages Themed Add-On were a must, also.  I even stole a large leaf from the pack of wood shapes in the Main Add-On.  And whenever I'm going for a rustic look, I reach for my jute twine.  It's inexpensive, a bit messy, and the best shade of earthy brown to compliment the cream-colored sweaters.   


Another "sweater weather" phrase, this time from Chickaniddy Crafts out of the Add-On #2 kit.  I couldn't NOT use it!


While my supply photo shows votive candles, I actually decided to put tea lights in the jars instead.  They sit lower so are a little safer and also provide more of an allover glow.  You can always remove the embellishments if they feel unsafe to you.  And of course, never leave burning candles unattended


Fall is a time of get-togethers and family gatherings.  These candle jars will make thoughtful, homespun hostess gifts.  Or skip the candle and fill them with fresh chrysanthemums, fun crafty bits for your creative friends, or hot cocoa mix for the food lovers in your life.  Because most of my embellishments are tied to the jars with the twine, they can quickly be switched out for Christmas decorations in December.


What I loved about this project (after it was all done) was how easy it was!  I stressed about it a bit before I actually tried it and then couldn't believe how quickly I got it done.  Whatever you decide to do with these sweater-cozy jars, I hope you have as much fun making them as I did!  Stay warm, my friends!

5 comments:

  1. oh my goodness.
    I absolutely ADORE these!!!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent♡

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  2. I love these! Especially the one in the middle. Now if I can part with one of my sweaters..

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  3. Hi Rebecca, hugest of thanks for leaving such a beautiful comment on my blog, I think you are hugely talented and I love seeing your work, I just suck at commenting when I should...you made me smile and yes I know who you are and pleased we are on the same DT :) glad I gave you a giggle, think it is the Aussie part that comes out of me, I say at it is sometimes and can have a terrible time at using the filter between brain and mouth and I am sure I was born with foot and mouth disease :) but people take me as I come and that is always a hoot...looking forward to seeing more of your amazing creations, hugs

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  4. These are so very lovely! The embellishments and little additions totally make them. Pinned. :)

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