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How to Decorate a Container Using Fabric

Fabric wraps can be a bit time consuming, but the end result is worth it.  Add a touch of elegance to a centerpiece suitable for wedding receptions, birthdays, baby showers or a table that is used daily. Use different fabrics and ribbon for fun and very unique creations.  

Fabric Materials Needed: 

  • Candle Container (filled or empty)
  • Sheer or lightweight fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Small embellishment, such as a rhinestone or bow (optional)
  • Wax paper to protect your work surface

Cover your work area with wax paper. Spills or drips are most times unavoidable, and this makes clean up much easier.

Fabric Step 1

Step 1 – Prepare Your Area

Gather all of your supplies so everything is easily accessible. 

Fabric Step 2

Step 2 – Determine dimensions of fabric

To determine the size of the piece of fabric, first determine the height of the container.  Double the height and add an extra 0.25 - 0.5" to make sure there is sufficient fabric for ballooning or fluffing the fabric.  The container in this demo is the 12 ounce Libbey Interlude.  It is 3.5" tall, so the fabric has been cut to 7.5".

 3.5" x 2 = 7" + 0.5" = 7.5"

 Note:  Dimensions of the containers we offer are provided on each individual container page.

Fabric Step 3

Step 3 – Determine dimensions of fabric (continued)

The length of the piece should be at least equal to the circumference of the container.  To calculate the circumference, multiply the diameter by Π(3.14).  This container is 3.625" in diameter, so the calculation will be:

3.625" x 3.14 = 11.38"

For this example, there will be small tucks in the fabric to create a gathered look, so a few extra inches have been added.  The starting piece is 7.5" x 15"  If necessary, the excess can be trimmed away later. 

Fabric Step 4 

Step 4 – Hide the 'seam'

To hide the 'seam' in the fabric, fold the top and bottom edge of the fabric to the center and secure it.  Sewing it together will work, or simply use a small dot of hot glue about every ½ -1".  Try to get as close to center as possible, but it doesn't have to be perfect.  The fabric will look like a flattened tube when done.

Be careful not to burn your finger when using the hot glue. The tip of an unsharpened pencil, a skewer, or toothpick will keep your skin out of harm's way. 

 Fabric Step 5

Step 5 – Add tucks (optional)

Add tucks to the fabric or leave as is.  If adding tucks, place the fabric with the seam side up.  Make about ¼" folds in the fabric about every 1.5 - 2".  Make sure to include both layers of fabric in the fold.  Secure it with a small dot of hot glue.   

Fabric Step 6   

Step 6 – Attach the fabric

To give a finished edge to the end of the fabric, fold the raw edge of the fabric to the inside of the 'tube'.  Detach a little hot glue if necessary to make this possible.  Once the edges are tucked in, secure that with a small dot of hot glue.  

Only do this to one end now; the other end will be done in step 8.

Fabric Step 7 

Step 7 – Attach the fabric

Attach the fabric to the container.  Starting with the finished edge, secure the fabric to the glass using small dots of hot glue.  Attaching it in the center at the seam will make the hot glue nearly invisible once the ribbon is added.  

 Fabric Step 8

Step 8 – Trim fabric to length

Trim the excess fabric making sure to leave enough to hide the raw edge as in step 6.  After trimming and finishing the edge, secure the fabric to the container with a small dot of hot glue.

Fabric Step 9 

Step 9 – Attach the ribbon

Attach the ribbon using small dots of hot glue at 1 -2" intervals.  Overlap the end of the ribbon slightly.

 Fabric Step 10  

Step 10 – Embellishment

Use the embellishment you selected to hide the overlapping ribbon seam.

Fabric Step 11

That's it!

You're finished!  Enjoy your festive creation.

NOTE:  Make sure to keep any flammable materials, like ribbon or fabric, on the outside of the container.  Having these items too close to the wick can be a fire hazard.


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