Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tool Time Tuesday...Spray Bottle Cover

Do you know that if you roam around the hardware store, you can find simple things you need and they are cheap! I love to iron with steam, so this spray bottle works great and it was only 96 cents. The only problem is...who wants to look at the store label. Below is a tutorial for a little cover. I know there must be dozens of ways to make a cover for these, but I just made this one up.

Isn't she cute?!! (minus the black thread I used for the tutorial)

All bottle sizes are different, so adjust to your bottle.
First, trace the bottom of the bottle onto fabric.

Trim with 1/4" seam allowance.

Measure how high you want the fabric to be on the neck of the bottle. I wanted mine to be about 7 1/2". Add 1/4" for the bottom seam allowance and 1" for the top. I also had a picture of the measurement around the bottle, but it's not here. I didn't want to add it, because I'm sure you all have had that experience when you add a picture later, it messes everything else up.
Well, any way... the measurements of my bottle were 7 1/2" high x 10 1/2" around. Add 1 1/4" to the height and 1/2" to the circumference.

My piece of fabric measured 8 3/4" x 11".

You will also need a piece of narrow ribbon about 20"-22" long with a safety pin to thread it through.

Take the rectangle piece of fabric with the long sides on the bottom. Fold over the short side, left to right. Mark down 1 1/4" from the top.

Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance from the mark down to the bottom.

At the top where it isn't sewn, fold over the 1/4" seam allowance.

Then fold over 1/4" on the top. I just pinned it so you can see without my finger being in the way.

Fold over again until it meets the original side seam. This will be the pocket where the ribbon will go through.

Sew close to edge. I used black thread so you can see the stitching.

Now for the bottom. Take the circle...

fold in half and iron.

The fold in half again and iron.

These creases will just help you center the circle inside the bottom tube.

Take the body of the fabric and make a crease across from the seam.

Open it up and match the seam to that crease you just ironed and iron the other two creases. Yikes...does that make sense. You'll get it when you're actually doing it.

Set both sides with the iron.

If you open it up, you will see the creases that will match the four creases in the circle.

Match and pin.

Pin in between to secure all around.

Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. I used my needle down feature and you may need to lift the presser foot as you are making your way around the circle.

Turn bag right side out and thread ribbon through pocket at the top.

and there you have it...a hardware store bottle made over into a cute little addition to your sewing room. (I really need to redo that black thread)

I usually do my TTT post late on Monday and they post a little after midnight on Tuesday, but I'm on vacation this week from work and we were gone all day yesterday with the kids. We are having a big party here on the 4th of July, so lots of project to finish up around the house. My theory is...if you want to finish up projects, have a party, because it forces you to get them done.
Have a great Tuesday. We finally have some sun here. I think it may be one of only a few days we've had in all of June.


  1. What a fun bottle cover! Hope you have a great 4th~!

  2. What a fun spray bottle cover! Today I went with my mom to Lowe's to get some paint that she needed and we went down an aisle to get my spray paint when I saw these cute little buckets...cute...some were yellow with a kind of lip and the others were white. I said to my mom, I should think of something fun to do with these for school. They are so cute! Wouldn't it be fun to have our minds working together as we walked through the hardware store. Sounds like fun!!! Have a great party for the 4th!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm making a little bag for my mom in her nursing home and I needed to make the round bottom such as you made. Excellent to fold it like that.. I think that bottle would be great with the decor of a bathroom etc....good stuff again.

  4. I have that bottle - several of them! This will be fun to cover them. Thanks!

  5. Yay! Thanks for another great idea!!

  6. Cute bottle cover...Have a fun 4th party, we are having a cookout with some of the family coming over.

  7. What a cute idea! Good luck with your major clean-up and finish-up this week in time for your party!!!

  8. Another great tool we all need should have. Thanks for sharing! Hope you are enjoying your vacation. Have a great day.

  9. What a great idea - nice tutorial!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  10. I love the spray bottle holder...great idea. Have a wonderful party on the 4th, and a lovely week off work xo

  11. I love your blog. The Tool Time Tuesdays are so informational! I have not been able to read as much as I would like (Dad w/ cancer) but I intend to do better.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi Karen, I just found your site from Jane's Fabric and Quilts and have just now finished going through ever post you published! What hooked me was the very first pictures I encountered...a spray bottle with Home Depot on it! Then as I scrolled down, I found paint sticks, power tools, PVC, pegboard, all the things I love to shop for and think of clever ways to use! But I don't blog about any of that on my website. So I'm adding yours to my following list so I can read all about your clever ideas and check out your great tutorials.

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!


  13. Great idea for the bottle cover! And I so agree about parties! I had an "older" lady (in her 70's) tell me once "Thank God for visitors or my house would never be clean!" LOL!!

  14. This tutorial was awesome. So many uses for bottles and you made the cover easy.

  15. This just went on my list of things to do. How crafty!


  16. so many ideas, your blog is great !


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