How to Make a Cover for Dishwashing Liquid Bottles

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How to Make a Cover for Dishwashing Liquid Bottles
A utilitarian bottle can be dressed up for the countertop. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

An attractive apron for your dishwashing liquid bottle can be a fun addition to any kitchen. Often these projects involve crochet, but it is possible to sew a cover with fabric that matches the decor of your curtains or chair cushions. Make a handmade, cosy accent piece that ties together a kitchen motif.

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Things you need

  • Fabric that matches your kitchen
  • Rickrack trim
  • ½-inch bias tape that matches the rickrack
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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    Cut out a 5-by-8-inch piece of fabric.

  2. 2

    Cut out a neck scoop at the top about 1/2 inch deep and arm scoops on either side also 1/2 inch deep. Leave 1/2 inch of fabric at the shoulders, to match the width of the bias tape.

  3. 3

    Fold the fabric over twice, 1/4 inch each, and stitch the edges so it does not unravel. Leave the ends raw at the shoulders. Leave half an inch of the hem unstitched at the middle corners.

  4. 4

    Make a shape with the rickrack trim, such as a heart, on the front of the fabric and stitch down the middle of the trim to sew it in place.

  1. 1

    Cut four 8-inch pieces of the bias tape.

  2. 2

    Sew the tape closed along the open side with an edge stitch, leaving one end open and turn in the other end to sew it closed.

  3. 3

    Pin the raw end of bias tapes at the shoulders, with raw edges even. Stitch across to secure. To put on side ties, pin each raw edge of the ties at the side corners, catching each tie in the open seam allowance on the back of the fabric, and edge stitch across the tie to secure each one.

  1. 1

    Tie the top bias tapes in a bow around the neck of the bottle.

  2. 2

    Tie the side tapes around the middle.

  3. 3

    Place next to your sink.

Tips and warnings

  • This is a small enough project that you could hand sew the seams if you don't have a sewing machine. Pick a washcloth that matches your kitchen towels, for a fun idea. It will be absorbent for any spills around the sink. Scalloping the bottom edge can add some interest. Just keep it to two indents so it is not too complicated to hem. Instead of hemming the edges, you can simply encase the raw edges with more of the bias tape you are using for the apron ties.
  • Cut the fabric 5-by-6 inches for the shorter dishwashing bottles.
  • Zigzag the edge of terrycloth to turn the hem more easily or place the bias tape as it unravels easily. Also zigzag finish any quilted fabric to make it easier to work with the edge.

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