I’m getting down to the end of my Christmas Wrap-up posts. Only one more post (with a new tutorial) after this one. Today I’m sharing with you the hand sanitizer jacket I made based on a tutorial by The Inspired Wren which you can also download for free from Craftsy. It’s a practical project and is also great for using up scraps. I’ve already got plans to make some more of these to use up some of my large remnant stash.
The original tutorial called for a 2 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer. However, when I went to Walmart they only had 2.5 oz. bottles. You can see the difference in size between the one I got (on right) and a 2 oz. bottle my sister had. Because of the size difference I made my fabric pieces slightly bigger than called for in the tutorial.
I made a number of changes to the materials I used due to what I had on hand and due to the larger size bottle. Below is a breakdown of the difference with the original materials called for in parentheses:
What I Used
(What It Called For)
2.5 oz. bottle of Hand Sanitizer
(2 oz. bottle of Hand Sanitizer)
2 – 2 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of lightweight fabric
(2 – 2 1/2″ x 10″ pieces of indoor/outdoor canvas)
2 – 2 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ piece of medium-weight interfacing – additional interfacing used to strengthen the fabric since it was a lighter weight fabric
(2 1/2″ x 10″ piece of medium-weight Interfacing)
5 1/4″ x 3″ lightweight fabric – for handle, see method used below
3″ of 3/4″ elastic – for belt
(8″ of 3/4″ fold-over elastic – for the elastic belt and the elastic handle)
5/8″ button – without a shank
(1/2″-3/4″ button – preferably with a shank)
As mentioned above, the tutorial originally called for a handle made using elastic (specifically she used fold-over elastic). I really liked the look of the fold-over elastic used as a handle however decided not to do this because I didn’t have any on hand and because fold-over elastic stretches out really easily so being used as the handle for the jacket meant it would probably stretch out over time. Instead I used a piece of fabric. I’m sure you’re probably familiar with this way of making handles/straps, but I’ll just quickly brief you on the way I did mine.
- Fold piece of fabric in half, press.
- Unfold and fold both sides into the middle, press.
- Unfold and fold down 1/4″ on one end (so that you have a finished edge), fold along middle crease, and press.
- Sew all the way around to make one large rectangle (sewing the bottom edge isn’t necessary but I decided to do it anyway).
- Insert buttonhole following tutorial’s instructions. I did find that I had trouble doing the button hole because there was nothing which I could hold onto to “feed” it through my machine. It took me several tries but I finally figured out that I had to do the buttonhole slightly farther from the end than called for (it was still long enough and didn’t cause a problem) and I stuck pins into both side of the end of the piece so I could push the fabric through when it got caught while making the buttonhole.
This project did take me longer than I thought it would. This was due to the fact that I used some different materials (required more time to figure out what to use and cut out fabric) and that I had to redo the two different buttonholes several times. But I finally finished it, it turned out well, and best of all the recipient, my little sister, really liked it.
There are only two things that I plan on doing differently next time I make these.
- Find a 2 oz. bottle. The 2.5 oz bottle was oddly shaped and seemed large, while the 2 oz. bottle my sister had was better shaped and slightly smaller. (Note: If you end up using a 2.5 oz bottle I would alter it like I did but instead of 10 1/2″ long piece which is what I originally did, I would make them 11″ long. It was a little tight lengthwise.)
- Use coordinating fold over elastic for the elastic belt (didn’t have any on hand, otherwise I would’ve used it originally).
This project is great for using up little scraps, and once you’ve mastered the art of buttonholes, shouldn’t take you too much time. So grab some fabric from your stash, pick up the tutorial from The Inspired Wren on Craftsy, and start sewing!