How to Make a Quilted Cozy for a Goodie Tin (or other round containers)
I’ve been collecting all the empty tins leftover from the almonds my hubby likes to snack on. The containers are really nice and I knew I could re-use them somehow. And guess what? They are the perfect size to fit an assortment of homemade cookies as a perfect neighbor or teacher gift!
Yay! I love finding new ways to upcycle various items.
Now the real challenge, how to decorate the tins for gift giving…
First, I tried decorating one of the tins with washi tape, but it didn’t look so great. (I just don’t get the washi tape craze, I’ve tried using it a couple of times now and haven’t been crazy with the results.)
As I thought about other ways to dress up the tin, I remembered this gorgeous assortment of scraps I had come across while cleaning was cleaning my craft room recently. (he scraps were leftover from this quilt top.)
(Pretty right? I really need to finish quilting that quilt.)
After seeing those scraps, I knew exactly what to do with the containers… I could make a quilted cozy to re-cover the container! It would be perfect as a holiday container to hold all sorts of goodies to be given as Christmas gifts.
The great thing about this cozy is that it can be adapted to fit any sort of container. I put cookies in the tin for the photograph, but it’s a perfect container for candied nuts, truffles, pralines, peanut brittle, caramels, etc… The list goes on and on.
Here is how I made the quilted cozy for the goodie tin.
Materials needed to make a cozy:
- Fabric scraps
- batting (you could also use felt of fleece)
- Stretchy cord
- basic sewing supplies
Step 1: Create the outside fabric piece:
Measure the height of your container and add 3 inches to that measurement. (Measurement A)
Measure around the container and add 4 inches to that measurement. (Measurement B)
Cut your fabric scraps 1 to 2 inches wide by measurement A. Sew the long sides of the scraps together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Keep sewing the scrap pieces together until you reach measurement B.Iron all the seams flat.
Step 2: Quilting the cozy: Cut a piece of batting to the height and width of measurements A and B.
Lay out your batting and place your pieced fabric strip on top, right sides up. Pin securely in place.
Sew the batting and the top piece together by sewing a straight stitch down the intersection of each fabric strip.
Trim the edges of your quilted piece to the height of your container plus 1/2 inch.
Step 3: Assembling the cozy.
Cut a piece of coordinating fabric the same size as your quilted piece.
Lay your quilted fabric piece out on your workspace, quilted side down. Lay the inside fabric piece on top of the quilted piece right side facing down.
Sew along the 3 edges as shown, 1/4 inch from the edge:
Trim the edges to about 1/8 inch and clip the corners.
Flip the quilted strip right sides out.
Iron the edges flat.
Fold the open edges in and iron.
Wrap the cozy around your container so you can determine the placement of the cord and button.
Pin the cord in place.
Stitch along the edge, be sure to backstitch a couple of times over the cord to make sure it doesn’t slip out.
Sew on your button and you’re done.
Isn’t it cute? Now go fill it full of something yummy!
For the lid, I just cut out a piece of scrapbook paper and attached it to the original lid with glue dots. All it needs is a cute little gift tag and the goodie tin will be ready for gifting!
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.