Decorating for the Artistic Soul

Craft Idea- Toilet Paper Cozy

Posted on: March 25, 2008

Last week we mentioned some fun arts and crafts ideas and we had some requests to tell you how to make those items. So here we’re going to start with one: the Toilet Paper Cozy.

This is great for anyone who has cats, small children or other animals that may get into the toilet paper when it’s on the roll and drag it around the house. It’s also great for keeping a neater, cleaner look in the bathroom and can even discourage people from using too much toilet paper when it’s really not needed (so your rolls last longer!)

There are several different ways of making toilet paper cozies. Some people knit or crochet covers for their extra rolls and it adds a nice touch to the bathroom décor. Our favorite idea, however, is simple and involves just some minor sewing stitches.

To begin, cut:

1- 16″ x 8.5″ of outside fabric
1- 7″ x 5.5″ of outside fabric
1- 7″ x 5.5″ of lining fabric
1- 16″ x 8.5″ of lining fabric

*Be sure to iron all fabrics before you begin working with them for a better completed look.*

1. Next, take the outer fabric and fold the larger piece along the longer side. Do this wrong-side-out and then stitch the sides as if you were making a bag or tote.
2. Now open up the bottom corners and sew these (also like making a tote).
3. Now you need to do the same thing with your lining bag, placing the outer fabric and the larger piece and sewing them together.
4. The next step is to fold them over and press the top raw edges of the two bags together. Now you can use a roll of toilet paper to measure your depth. (If you sometimes buy a thicker brand, you may want to make your cozy a little larger just in case).
5. Now with a machine or by hand, baste the liner bag to the outside bag.
6. Now invert your outside bag around your lining. You will have the cozy part complete now but don’t top-stitch the bags together.
7. Next you need to sew a loop so that your cozy can attach to your toilet paper roll holder.
8. Align the wrong sides together of the smaller pieces and stitch along the longer sides of the rectangle. This will form a tube.
9. Turn inside out and press together.
10. Now you need to tuck your raw edges between the lining and the outside bags for a clean look.
11. Pin your loop into place for now and pin the bag together at the edges so nothing slips out of position.
12. Now just top stitch along all the edges and outside of the bags and you will have a completed cozy!

You can now slide your toilet paper cozy onto any normal toilet paper roll holder and slip your favorite toilet paper roll right inside. These also make great handcrafted gifts to give to people on your list for any occasion. You can choose the color and type of materials yourself although we found it works better of the outer material is a bit heavier than the liner material.

Have fun!


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