Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY handsoap and detergent holder tutorial

Ooh hello! Here is a quick and slightly quirky DIY tutorial to brighten your day! These holders are super easy and came about because I needed to zhush up the hand soap and detergent bottles in our kitchen... as you do! Yes, totally agree that one option is to tuck them away preferably out of sight however am truthfully thinking and just saying, OK well that's no fun at all! x


1 x hand-soap or detergent bottle 
Approximately 30 cm of vinyl; or place-mat/ oil cloth (basically any fabric that is easily wiped over for an easy clean)
A Sewing machine is required for a simple straight stitch
Tape measure and scissors
Adornments- I used cotton rope, pom poms and a vinyl swing tag.
Other suggestions might be vintage lace, ribbon, garlands and fabric.


 Measure around the width of your bottle at the widest point (the little belly)
Allow 2cm for a seam
Measure the length of your bottle
The length and (width + seam) measurements = approximately the amount of vinyl that is required for your bottle holder 


Place vinyl on the wrong side and measure it around the width of your bottle as shown below
Pin seam "very firmly" down the length of the bottle

Mark the height of the bottle at the neck and base of the bottle on both sides.
Gently remove the holder from your bottle, try not to lose your pins 
Cut straight across the width of your vinyl at the neck and base markings (these edges will not be hemmed so the more professional cut the better your holder will look)
Straight stitch down the length of your bottle holder, do zoom straight over your pins

Cut extra material (the hem) off at seam
Cut off loose threads at each end
Slip holder over your bottle again (with seam showing on outside)
Place seam at the back and middle of bottle
You may need to do little tuck's/ pin shoulder seams at the nape of the bottle if tapering is required: It will depend on the shape of your bottle however I needed to do this step for both of my bottle holders purely because it looked much better
Remove holder from the bottle again and sew diagonally across corners where pinned (these are the little shoulder seams)
 Turn holder to right side of fabric and place over bottle
Adorn your bottle holder as desired
Hand-soap holder with a simple rope looped over knot. This one is my favorite!

DIY detergent and hand-soap holders
Best be off, have big plans to link up at the following parties at Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation Thursday and DIY Project Parade


Catherine said...

What a clever idea! And why shouldn't those daggy bottles have a beautiful coat to wear I say.

Rachael Honner said...

Thanks Catherine... my thoughts exactly ;-0