Gee it's been hot this year, and there's nothing Mark and I enjoy more, after a long hot day in the garden, then a nice cool cider. ( Sounds a bit like a TV commercial). And so after a few months of this, the bottle tops start to pile up, (not to mention the bottles, but that's a whole other story).
A few years ago my daughter and her partner went to Africa. Now there's a country that knows how to use every little resource. They came home with shoes and bags and wallets made from tyres and inner tubes. And Meghann brought home a trivet made from bottle tops and scrap fabric. Last year Meg made me a trivet from bottle tops and scrap fabric and so that's what I decided to do with my excess of bottle tops and scrap fabric.
Here's how it's done....
First cut out your circles just a little larger than the bottle top.
Sew a row of running stitch around the edge
Place the bottle top onto the fabric circle and pull in the gathering stitches until tight around the top.
and then sew the ends together.
Make enough circles for your design and then sew them all together with a few little stitches where they meet at the edges.
Once all tops have been sewn together in your desired shape, trace around it. This will be the pattern for the back. Cut two frommatching fabric and sew a 1/4 inch seem around edges leaving one side unsewn so that you can turn it in the right way. Iron it and hand sew opening closed and place it on the back and sew edges where they touch the bottle tops to secure it in place.
I love that I can use up scraps of fabric that are too small to be of much use for anything else and save the bottle tops from going to landfill. And they are turned into a useful and practical item.
They make a nice little handmade gift, don't you think!