The other day, my wife and I were shopping at JoAnn Fabric store for some craft items for the kids. I have had a fabric carboy cover for my reds in the back-of-my-mind-to-do-list for some time. I bought the fabric and with a few simple steps came up with this
Below is the inside out view. I simply cut a rectangle of fabric about 2 inches longer than the circumference of my 5 gallon carboy. As it turns out, fabric comes on bolts and is folded in half already. The height of the fabric, already folded in half, is exactly the height I needed for my cover so...each rectangle will make 2 covers. Then, whip out the sewing machine, load the right color thread and start sewing. A half-inch seam at the bottom keeps the fabric from fraying. A 3 inch seam at the top will form a pocket for the string. Once the top and bottom are sewn, bring the ends together and sew the last seam, making sure that the cover will slide easily over the carboy when you are done....not too tight, not too loose. I ironed the last seam flat before I turned the cover right-side-out. Many size strings or rope would work fine.
Then slide it down over your carboy and tie shut. No need to cover the bottom as it is sitting on the shelf so no light can get in.
Well, that's one down and a few more to go....
I hope someone will find this little project useful.