I think almost anyone would love to keep their drinks as cool as when they took it out of the refrigerator. My personal problem is that I don't like when the outside of my can or bottle is wet. It gets all over my hand and I want to keep them dry while at work...or at play!!! So here is my very FIRST tutorial!
Of course, you can always find one of these:
But can I say……uuuuugly!!
So I decided to take the one I had and cover it. I also wanted to make it a little taller so that I could fit a water bottle in it. I wanted mine for work, so I hunted through my scrap material so it could match my walkie talkie holder at work:
-One rectangle of fabric 5x10 in. (Fabric is based on the length and circumference of the original cozy. The cozy I had had a circumference of 9 in, and length of 3 in.)
-Coordinating wide ribbon by 20 in. (based on the circumference of 9 in.)
Cut off the bottom so the cozy doesn’t limit the size of the bottle/can you want to use it for.
If you have an embroidery machine, now would be the time to put one on the rectangle of fabric. I used an initial since I don’t want anyone to mistake my water for their qwn at work. No sharing of germs in my clinic!
-Sew the rectangle together right sides facing each other to make a cylinder. I used a ½ in. seam allowance and a zig-zag stitch to ensure there were no problems with pulling or tearing.
-Turn original cozy inside out. Slip cylinder over cozy with right side facing the cozy. I have to admit, it was a bit tricky sewing the two together because the circumference was much smaller than my sewing machine arm. I had to be careful not to catch both sides of the cozy. I used a zig-zag stitch again to ensure that there would be no tearing.
-Turn the cozy right side out.
Time to add the ribbon!
-Sew the ribbon ends together (again I had a ½ in. seam allowance).
-Place the ribbon at the end of the fabric and stitch together. Again, I was worried about the amount of tugging the ends were going to get so I used a zig-zag stitch.
-Topstitch the top edge of the ribbon. On this one I topstitched about ¼ in. from the edge.
-Then I added the second ribbon to the other end of the fabric in the same manner.
I realized after I finished that you could approach this step in two different ways. After doing it the way I did, I realized that it would also work well to treat the ribbon as a bias tape also.
And here is the final result:
Some final notes/thoughts: I think this could definitely use a bit more work...there is definitely a gap at the inside bottom because the material isn't directly connected to the original cozy. I might try this again and forgo the original cozy altogether and use a different insulating fabric or I would just make the cozy shorter so the bottom could be sewn directly to the original cozy. I forsee a lot of gifts for friends and family with their favorite team/theme with a coordinating fabric in the future!
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