Easy Mason Jar Cozy

 

There’s nothing more irritating than lugging around your bag of groceries and bulk food, or your lunch bag, and hearing the clank of mason jars against each other. I’ve frankly gotten tired of being a tuneless one-woman band, so I decided to make so travel bags/cozies for my mason jars.

What you need: 

  • an old men’s flannel shirt
  • fabric scissors
  • needle
  • thread

What to do: 

  1. Check that the jar fits in the sleeve when buttoned up. You should still be able to unscrew the lid with the cozy on.
  2. Measure where you want to cut, about one to two inches below where the jar sits when it’s in the sleeve. It’s better to cut a little extra than to be short.
  3. Cut the sleeve, trying to keep a straight line. It’s okay for this to be a little uneven and messy, though.
  4. Keeping the sleeve-let right side out, sew along the bottom. It doesn’t matter how neat this is, as long as it will stay.
  5. Turn the sleeve right side out.
  6. Place mason jar inside, button up, and turn down “collar”. Enjoy your noiseless, well-dressed snack or drink!

You can use the rest of the flannel to make rags, unpaper towels, dryer sheets, etc. I buy mine for about $3 each from my local thrift shop.

My Zero Waste Travel Kit

Recently, I started to be much more conscious of the waste I was producing- specifically how much plastic and paper I was wasting in day to day tasks. Sure, I used to think I was being green- I recycled and bought organic coffee, right? But then I started noticing every little thing- every Larabar or fruit leather wrapper, every plastic bag, each paper (or worse, polystyrene) coffee cup. And I realized that just trying to be green when it’s convenient isn’t good enough.

I’m definitely not faultless: I still use paper towels sometimes, I can’t buy in bulk, and I eat the occasional protein bar when I’m on the go, but I try to be much more prepared. This kit contains everything you need to cut unnecessary waste from your life- as long as you’re fine with a little extra bulk and a few weird looks. But it’s for the planet.

  1. mason jar- good for food storage and drinks (even hot coffee, if you’re careful)

2. Kitchen towel- a thin, absorbent tea towel is perfect for some food storage (greens, baked goods, etc.) or for cleaning up larger messes

3. Handkerchief- use in lieu of a napkin or tissues; I would suggest buying a few from your local thrift shop and changing them out whenever needed.

4. Travel cutlery- never hunt for plastic forks again; this reusable cutlery set is made of bamboo and has a convenient keychain

5. Canvas bag- good for groceries, shopping, food, etc.

Everything except the utensil kit rolls up into the mason jar- it actually takes up very little room in a purse or backpack, and will come in handy more than you expect. Happy travels!