Sunday, September 17, 2006

How to make a fabric Canister - Step 1


Leah wanted to know how to make a fabric canister, and I thought, what a great idea - I bet a lot of you would like to make one for Christmas decorations or gifts. You can put cookies in a zip-lock bag and put that inside it for a gift, or fill it with candy - or whatever!

So here is the first step to get you started. I thought I would post this part first to give you time to dig up your fabrics and scrap batting! I made the one above by cutting out a part of a preprinted Xmas stocking, but the one I'm making now I'm just doing with novelty fabric.

Cut:

1) 8" x 18-1/2" outside fabric. (If you are piecing the outside just make the finished pieced piece 8" x 18-1/2".
1) 9 x 18-1/2" lining fabric.
1) circle 6-1/4" in diameter (across) from outside fabric.
1) circle 6-1/2" in diameter from lining fabric.
1) 8 x 18-1/2" batting.
1) 9 x 18-1/2" batting.
2) circles from batting.

Quilt:

Quilt fabric onto corresponding piece of batting. You don't need to put a backing underneath the batting. I do very minimal and simple quilting on the lining piece and bottoms. I do a bit more on the outside fabric. I"ll have a picture of my quilting later today, but if you want to be adventurous go ahead and start your quilting!

And as you can see you can adjust the size of the canister. Make the lining piece about 1" taller than the outside fabric and adjust the circle size depending on the width of the canister.

10 comments from wonderful readers:

Norma said...

Thanks for showing us how to make this canister. I have wanted one ever since I saw your snowman canister that you were making to take to retreat!

quiltpixie said...

love the idea.... I can see three stacking ones, made in white, with a top hat...

Mrs. Moody said...

This is cool! First thing I thought to have one for is for my scraps of fabric. Gotta bookmark this so I can remember when I get a chance to make it. :)

What did you use for your circle template?

Hedgehog said...

Thanks so much for doing this tutorial! I can't wait to try it!

Quilty Nurse said...

Looking forward to having a go at this, I admired your pic when you posted it a few posts back. I'm thinking these could make lovely gift bags for a bottle of wine :-)

Screen Door said...

This would be great to make donation buckets for Christmas. Cute idea. Thanks.

Granny K said...

Hope to have a go at this! Thank you, Dawn.

Libby said...

This looks like a fun project. Gonna have to see what fabrics I can find to try one out.

May Britt said...

As soon as I am back from my trip to Denmark I will make this one or two or three.....
Perfect gifts for christmas.
Remind me starting on this on saturday LOL

Hedgehog said...

Question (want to give this a try this evening, maybe): why is the lining circle a little bigger than the outside fabric circle? Thanks!