Friday, March 27, 2009

More on the Granny Cap Covers

Melissa asked me in the last post how I did the elastic on the granny cap covers I made. I also wanted to make sure you knew that on the sourdough starter crock and on the kombucha jars, the lids are just cloth with out the plastic. Both of these need to be able to breath.

I started out with 1/2" wide elastic and like it best, but I ran out and did some of them with 1/4" elastic. I would measure a piece of elastic just a bit shorter than the diameter of the jar or crock or bowl. Fold the elastic in half and take an ink pen and mark the middle of the elastic. Then fold it in half again and mark those two folds. When you open up your elastic you will have 3 separate marks all on the same side. It will show 4 equal spaces. I cut a round piece of material larger than the size of the container I would put it on. I tried to find objects in my house to trace like a dinner plate or a bowl. I then finished the edge with my serger attachment. Fold the circle in half with the wrong side of the material facing out. Make a mark at each end. Then fold it in half again and mark that fold on the outside edge. Then open it up and fold it in half the other way and mark that edge. When you open the circle up and put one of your marks at twelve o'clock, you will also have one at 3, 6 and 9. I put the elastic about 3/4" in from the edge or however you want it (it depends on how much bigger your material is than the container it goes on) on the wrong side of the material. and put the needle of the sewing machine down into the elastic and material. Have the end of the elastic even with one of your marks on the circle. Then take a pin and put the first mark on the elastic even with the next mark on the material. Pin it down. Then stretch the elastic as you sew trying to keep it an even distance from the edge. Once you hit that pin, leave the needle in the down position and pin the next mark even with the next mark on the material and do the same thing. You keep going around in that way making the end of the elastic meet the beginning at the first mark on the material. It sounds hard and confusing, but it is really very easy.

2 comments:

Nancy said...

Thankyou so much for the instructions!

Melissa Ringstaff said...

Thank you for answering my question! I have two sourdough starters that I use - this would be great!