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« on: May 23, 2008 04:02:14 PM »

I'm so happy with the way this turned out! Grin
It has it all, recycling, using up bits of fabric from other projects, and results in a funky coaster! Grin

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Yeah it could probably be neater under there, but this was a test one Wink

Ingredients:
Those bottlecaps you kept because they must have some use
6cm squares of fabric
needle & thread

Sew a loose circle a few mm from the edges of the fabric.
Lay the cap in the centre & pull the thread to gather round.
Secure the thread to stop it unraveling and stitch the ends down as neat as you like.
Arrange in a pretty pattern & stitch the bottom edges of the caps together where they join.
I guess you could sew fabric/felt on the botton but I like the rustic-ness of them.

What do you think? I think I'm just going to keep drinking and adding to it till it covers my table! Cheesy

Also, I've been playing and they can be embellished like this brooch...




Thanks! You can always ask your local bar for some, they don't normally recycle them, just throw them out.

Okay, some steps...

1. cut your fabric to approx 5/6cm squares. This is 6...


2. stitch a circle around the square. It doesn't have to be especially neat.


3. Pull the thread to gather the fabric together into the centre of the bottlecap.


4. Stitch the loose ends down & attach at the bottom with a few sitches to the next bottlecap.


5. Attach in the same way to the next, securing to the bottom of both bottlecaps.


6. This way there should be no stitches visible from the top.


Hope that's helpful! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008 04:03:53 PM »

this is a really awesome idea! it looks great Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2008 04:16:05 PM »

wow... that is sooo cool! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2008 06:29:12 PM »

what a NIFTY idea! i love it
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2008 07:08:45 PM »

this is a really neat idea! what if you just glued some felt to the bottom? that would work well.

you have inspired me to make something with all my bottle caps!:D
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2008 08:21:29 PM »

those are really pretty Smiley nice recycling!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2008 03:40:05 AM »

Thanks everyone! Smiley

kirstilynne, you could glue some felt accross the bottom, but I kind of like the gaps the caps have between them. I might try it and see how it looks.

I just need one more bottlecap and I can make it more circular Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2008 04:46:54 PM »

So cute! I love the idea of the brooch...I may have to find myself some bottlecaps. . .
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2008 05:05:28 PM »

I have to make my bloke drink beer to get mine, he says it's a hard job, but if it's for the sake of crafts he'll do it Wink

In addition to the drinking I also managed to find some on the street so, with a good clean, I made another circle round...





I think this makes it neater Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2008 07:37:05 PM »

I really like this! And, I like the randomness of the fabric placement. I got a baggie of bottlecaps from a friend and now I know what they will become...once I locate them.
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2008 11:14:02 PM »

Love this idea.  I love the way the circles are "ridgy". Very crafty and a great way to recycle.
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2008 08:37:23 AM »

Love this, I teach trash to treasure classes and this is a wonderful idea. I am always looking for great ideas for recycling that don't look cheap and silly. This is a great way to keep tabs out of the landfill and a wonderful way to use your scrap material.
How did you attach the caps to one another. Are they sewn together?
It really is lovely. Thanks to you and a hearty thanks to your bloke for working so hard towards the good of crafting. Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2008 09:42:32 AM »

Yes, they're sewn at the bases to secure them. Sounds like it would be great for your class as it's a quick and easy project. If you would like me to make up a photo tutorial that's a bit clearer just let me know! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2008 02:07:48 PM »

very cute-and brilliant! i've been meaning to make some kind of coasters for my new apartment next year in college and this just inspired me to reuse things instead of going out and buying a set! great job!
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2008 12:46:18 PM »

Aah! That's adorable!!  Kiss I have tons of bottlecaps I had no idea what I was going to do with, and now I know what I'm going to do with them. You're awesome. Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2008 01:46:53 PM »

Sure thing, I'm about to make up some more, so I'll take some photo's along the way Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2008 01:46:20 PM »

Very cute! I have lots of scraps of fabric I could use for that, but I don't have any bottlecaps... I would love to see the tutorial anyway!
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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2008 02:47:06 PM »

Thanks! You can always ask your local bar for some, they don't normally recycle them, just throw them out.

Okay, some steps...

1. cut your fabric to approx 5/6cm squares. This is 6...


2. stitch a circle around the square. It doesn't have to be especially neat.


3. Pull the thread to gather the fabric together into the centre of the bottlecap.


4. Stitch the loose ends down & attach at the bottom with a few sitches to the next bottlecap.


5. Attach in the same way to the next, securing to the bottom of both bottlecaps.


6. This way there should be no stitches visible from the top.


Hope that's helpful! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2008 03:48:24 AM »

Ah, I'll try that. Thans for the tutorial as well!
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2008 11:27:45 PM »

How clever! Thank you for the tutorial. I'll have to start asking people to save bottle caps...
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« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2008 10:54:12 AM »

That's a great way to use up stray bottle caps.

I used my last big bottlecap stash to stuff into door draft dogers.  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2008 01:01:35 PM »

i work in a pub and i always take home the bottle caps never quite knowing why....(i have OCD!), i did want to attempt filling them with pictures and resin but i loooove this idea as i am really into collecting fabric too, i wanted to buy some of those self cover buttons but now i dont need to! great idea thanks for sharing x
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2008 01:50:02 PM »

It's a really good way to use up small scraps of nice fabrics. I've gotten a bit silly with mine now, it very nearly covers my garden table!  Roll Eyes At least when we eat out there it'll look pretty and the table will be protected! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2008 11:53:52 PM »

im going to make a ton of these !!!

now just have to flutter my eyelashes at my fav bar to get bottle caps ! Wink
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« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2008 08:45:59 PM »

I must admit i was a bit iffy about the look of it when i saw the first photo

BUT BUT BUT

when i saw it in action under a plant pot ...WOW
it looks awesome and I'm definitely going to make some!
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2010 07:09:06 PM »

Very rad! this is one project I can definately see trying!
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2010 08:04:41 PM »

Love it.
This looks like the perfect way to spend my hour before bedtime.
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2010 09:01:23 PM »

Love this idea. I'm envisioning place mats, hot pads/racks for hot dishes, and .....Huh?
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2010 01:17:25 AM »

great idea.  I might have to try this Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2010 07:39:19 AM »

I definitely want to make some as hot pads, too!

The brooch is super cute!!
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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2010 11:03:10 AM »

Brilliant! I'm sooo making some!
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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2010 07:42:32 PM »

And I'm definitely thinking a huge rug. Awesome Idea.
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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2010 08:06:46 PM »

This is great. I have bottle tops from soda and milk jugs. I KNOW I will try this soon, probably with glue and the felt bottom idea someone mentioned.
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« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2010 08:42:49 AM »

I'm glad this is proving useful! I'd love to see what you make! Smiley
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I bought a bottlecap trivet at an antique store in New Jersey several years ago. I adore it! I'm going to have to give this a try as well.
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I would post a picture but my mom has this at her house. When I was a kid my Sunday school teacher made use all a cluster of purple grapes
this very same way and used purple felt to cover the caps. She then cut green leaves and a stem for the top from felt. My parents are very religious.
So the only thing on my wall growing up was a grouping with these cute grapes, a picture of Jesus, a crocheted cross from same Sunday school teach
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Anyhow I'm very different from my parents . . . but they are great!

It would be cute to make other fruit with caps like this. Apples, Oranges, lemon, lime, grapes and I wonder??? could you do a banana?

Great Coaster and fun craft!
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« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2010 02:15:34 PM »

thankyouthankyoutha nkyou! my drawer full of bottlecaps and boxes of teensy weensy fabric scraps finally have a purpose!  Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2010 05:06:36 PM »

Brilliant!  I am SO doing this to the piles of bottle caps I've accumulated.

...well that makes me sound like a drinker :/
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That is so precious I love them making some this afternoon!
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« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2011 03:03:44 PM »

Thank you! Grin
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« Reply #41 on: June 03, 2011 02:09:53 AM »

Thanks! Smiley
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I have to try this!  Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2013 01:39:22 PM »

EEEEE!  I want to do this!  I'm going to make my husband save his bottle caps from now on.
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