Last week I picked up a Better Homes & Garden Special Interest Magazine. I'm so not ready for it to be Christmas yet but decided that I want to do all homemade gifts this year. If you haven't seen this magazine yet, go buy it right now! It's a spendy little guy but SOO worth it with all the amazing ideas and yummy recipes that I'm going to try. Well the whole magazine got me thinking and now I want to make gifts for everyone for every reason!
I have a small addiction to vintage or old tins. I've had this one that I only paid 25 cents for just laying around. The inside was a little icky and I couldn't use it to give any sweets. So...I came up with a brilliant idea to hide the inside and make it even more adorable!
I wanted to create a "slipcover" for the inside and found a little scrap of fabric that matched and made my pattern. First trace around the base of the tin to get the pattern size for the inside bottom. Be sure to add the seam allowance.
To create the sides of the "slipcover" measure around the diameter of the tin and the height. Using a ruler transfer these measurements to paper. Be sure to add seam allowances for sewing the sides together.
With your large rectangle that will create the sides of the "slipcover" sew the short ends together to create a tube (using the seam allowance that you left).
Press the seam open and pin the tube to the bottom circle that you cut out using your traced pattern of the base. Sew around the bottom using the seam allowance that you left.
Using a pinking shears, trim the seam allowance to create a smoother inside. If you don't have a shears, just cut some little triangles so the fabric can turn inside out smoothly.
Put the "slipcover inside the tin. Using a low temp glue gun, glue it to the tin. Try to make sure there are no strings hanging all over to keep it neat and tidy.
If there are any gathers or extra fabric, disperse them evenly throughout or take in the side seam accordingly at the top. I wasn't quite satisfied with the top finish so I also added some ribbon to the top to finish it off.
Then fill it with a favorite cookie or other sweet and seal it up cute. I just ripped a piece of gingham and added some scrapbook paper to a clothes pin to dress it up. Add a chipboard heart and the recipe for the cookies inside and it's the perfect little "Thank You" "I'm Sorry" "I Love You" "Merry Christmas" or "Just Because" gift!
P.s. This cookie recipe really is delicious! It's one of my hubby's favorites that his grandma always made and she gave me the recipe at one of my bridal showers this spring. It's a classic! :)