i’ve been wanting to have a bedside water solution for a while now. unfortunately, my cat has decided he will only drink from human glasses, so the glass of water before bed is inevitably full of fur by the time i want to drink it. i love the look of vintage thermoses, so i decided to take some old bottles and jars i have around the house to create a thermos style carafe. i am going to answer the obvious question now, which is “why not just buy vintage thermoses?”. there are definitely a lot of cute ones out there on ebay and such, and if you want to do that, you definitely should. for me, the idea of those old plastic cups and thermoses just feels slightly unhygienic for my taste, but the main reason is cost. i wanted to use something i had around the house, and the total cost of this project was probably $8 (the mugs were $5) for both carafes, and it is a cinch to make. but it is entirely up to you! have fun! –kate
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1. old jars, bottles (juice bottles, jam jars are good. you want wide jars that are close in diameter to your mug and have a wide mouth)
2. plaid fabric
3. manila folder or thick paper
4. fabric glue, rubber cement, or any gel or paste glue
6. velcro tabs or stickers (optional)
7. ceramic mugs
8. embroidered patches or letters (optional)
1. clean your bottles and jars and remove all labels.
2. measure your manila paper to create an even sleeve around the bottle that goes to the bottom and stops right where the bottle or jar starts to taper near the top. it looks sort of like a paper cozy. allow a half inch of overlap
3. cut a piece of plaid fabric that is the exact same size as your manila paper sleeve.
4. embroider or add your patch or sticker to your plaid fabric.
5. glue your fabric your manila sleeve. use a book edge to smooth out all wrinkles and allow to dry.
6. you can now glue your thermos sleeve onto the bottle. if you want to be able to keep the sleeve and switch out the bottle every once in while, you can attach velcro tabs to the ends of the sleeve and wrap the sleeve around the bottle tightly for a snug, secure fit. this will allow you to remove it for any reason.
7. cap the bottle with your mug.