It's time for another "Re-purposing in 2012" project don't you think?!
Remember last week when I told you to save some toilet roll inserts?
Well, today we're going to make them into something pretty, and useful!
First, you need to cut through the length of a toilet roll insert, and measure it's dimensions.
Mine insert measured 4" wide, x 5 3/4" long, but yours may be different so take note of my next instructions.
You will need to double the width of *your* toilet roll width measurement, and add 3/4" to it.
Next, add 3/4" to your length measurement.
This made my new measurements 8 3/4" wide, by 6 1/2" long.
I have a box full of smaller scrap pieces of fabric for odd projects or applique. I found a piece of pink tonal big enough to cut a 6 1/2" x 8 3/4" rectangle.
Cut your fabric to the measurements *you* have made for your own toilet roll insert.
Fold the rectangle in half across the middle. Use your iron to press the fold.
Sew a strip of lace an inch or two above one side of the fold, depending on your lace width.
Pin two pieces of ribbon of around 10" in length down either side of the lace edge, with the ribbons facing the middle of the lace strip.
(I used recycled organza ribbon sent to me with a gift)
Sew the ribbon in place along the side edges with a scant eighth inch seam.
Ball up the ribbon and pin out of the way in the centre of the lace.
Fold the bottom half of the fabric up and over the lace section.
Machine sew the sides together with a 1/4" seam.
Fold a 1/4" hem over along the top raw edge, and press with your iron.
Turn right side out and press flat, being careful that your iron is on a low heat to prevent scorching the lace.
Place the cut toilet roll insert inside the open pocket section of your project...
Ladder stitch the opening closed.
Now what do you think I made this project to use as?
It's to wrap fat quarters in when I give them as gifts!
My roll holds two or three fat quarters comfortably.
I think they look so pretty wrapped this way!
If you make some of these I'd love to see them, so please send me an email with photos or leave a comment with a link to my blog.
Please also remember to link back to me, as this is my own idea, and I am very happy to share it with you!
Another idea would be to make napkin rings by cutting the toilet roll inserts in half, or perhaps making them as little wrappers around small vases. So many ideas!!
Do you have an idea for using this project?
Today I have been playing with a some lovely Robyn Pandolph fabric. It's for a gift, so I'll just show you a small section...
Sometimes you just have to let the fabric be the star.