Week 2 – week of Feb. 26, 2012 – Jar Candle Cozies

This was an interesting project – making fabric jar candle covers.  New candles aren’t the problem, it’s just after they’ve been used for awhile that they become a problem.  The wax often burns unevenly, the wick breaks off and get stuck in the melted wax, the top of the jar often turns black, and there’s the company logo or writing on the outside of the jar.  All of this can make them unattractive.  Well, with these little “cozies” they are a lot more attractive.  I tried a variety of techniques – elastic or ribbon at the top to make it fit the jar, appliqué a design on the front, and even sewing on some lace.  The one with the lace is about half way burned and now when the candle is lit, the light shines right through the lace and was a delightful surprise.  These also have a fabric bottom to protect the glass jar if it’s sitting on a hard surface.  After I wrote up the directions, since I designed these myself, I mentioned to Kevin (my wonderful husband) that I hope there isn’t already a pattern on the market because I had the bright idea that I invented this myself!  Here are the before and after pictures of the candles…

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