Hi friends! I hope you had a fantastic thanksgiving! Ours was fun, busy, and LOUD. Just the way thanksgiving should be, I think.
To kick off our DIY gift giving season, I am sharing a fun little oil clutch I made for my sweet cousin and her precious baby girl coming in February. What a fun project this was! Fun because of the actual project and because of the sweet babe and her mama I was sewing for. I can’t wait to meet miss Rilynn.
Obviously, we LOOOOOOVE subscription boxes and my favorite one (besides the Essentials Box, of course!) is the Sew Sampler by the Fat Quarter Shop. I have subscribed to this box since it’s debut and have really loved every single one. It’s a great value and inspires the maker in me every single month. The October box was great and came with this super fun pattern that is really meant to be used as an on-the-go organizer for embroidery floss. There’s a good chance I’ll make another one for myself and use it for that purpose but it was the perfect size to make a little oil clutch for baby Rilynn so I modified it. Here’s the outside of the one I made to hold her oils.
Pretty cute, right? It’s far from perfect because it’s handmade and sometimes my embroidery has a little pucker action but she’ll always know I made it just for her! The fabric was in my Sew Sampler box too which made me happy because I am a sucker for geometric design and this little precut bundle has several really great ones. And I love the colors too.
The inside is where I really made the major changes. Because I’m not yet a rockstar blogger, I failed to properly document my steps with my camera so I’ll show you pictures and tell you what I did. But next time I sew up an oil case, I’m photographing everything. I promise. So here’s a photo of the inside. As you can see, I made a pocket to hold a handy reference guide for mom and dad and I sewed in elastic loops to hold the bottles. This little case holds six roller bottles and four 15ml bottles. You could easily adjust the elastic loops to fit whatever bottle configuration you need. To measure the elastic, I laid the bottle down on the table, fit the elastic around it and then subtracted a 1/4″ to make sure the bottle would be nice and snug in it’s loop. In the upper flap, I sewed a strip of elastic that just slides over the bottom flap when it’s closed to keep it that way. Honestly, this was a last minute decision and, in hindsight, I would have been happier if I’d sewn in some ribbons for a tie closure maybe even made a button closure. I was modifying on the fly which is always a bit interesting in my sewing room. 😉
The only other modification is that I added a little handle out of the same binding as is around the case and I also made the original pattern 1 inch longer to accommodate the bulk of the book and oils. without that extra length, the upper flap would not completely cover the oils.
There is a layer of batting between the inside and outside fabrics that slightly pads the oil bottles but it is by no means a sturdy case. If I traveled with this, I would be sure to pack it between my clothes just to add some more padding. But it’s great for keeping in the bathroom or room to keep your oils in one place along with your favorite reference guide.
I gifted this case along with a diffuser and my go-to pre-diluted kid oils from the doTERRA Touch line. The oils in the 15 ml bottles would all be great in the diffuser or diluted and used in other ways. Baby Rilynn will be the best smelling babe around (Not to mention the happiest and calmest)!
If you’re a maker, this little case was a 2-3 hour project, very easy, and really satisfying to finish quickly. Try it! I was inspired by the pattern in my Sew Sampler box but there are dozens and dozens of free bag patterns online so find one you love and add some elastic loops! Your oils will be so happy. 🙂
Happy sewing and gifting!!
P.S. I will be teaching a Handmade Holiday class at the South Austin Creativity Lab December 7 from 9-12. Register for the class and choose how many gifts you’d like to make! There are 2 choices – a fantastic room spray trio and a delicious flavored hot cocoa mug. Fun, easy, inexpensive, and appreciated by the recipient. If you’re in the Austin area, I hope you’ll join us!