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Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Supplies needed for tutorial:
2 pieces of Scraps approx. 11″ x 6″
Batting
Button
Thread/embroidery floss
Elastic tie…these can be found in the hair accessory section at your local Target. They are the tiny ones. They come in all black or a multi colored selection.
Disposable coffee cup

The CLMQG is going to be vending at the Spring Fiber Fling May 16th-17th in Woodstock, IL to promote the guild, raise funds and entice new members to join our fabulous group. In doing so, the members are making small handmade items to sell, such as bookmarks, pincushions, zipper bags, and…coffee cozys!

Now, I know that I’ve already shown you a tutorial on these but I think it’s time to revisit the project. The previous one was a scrappy cozy with embroidered stitches. This one is your ‘not so plain Jane’ one…modern, whimsy and with just a touch of detail.

These are so easy ya’ll! I made 4o of them in 2.5 days plus I wrote this little tute for you. So let’s get started, shall we?

First, you’re going to print the pattern. We’ll use the previous pattern because it works just fine. You can find it here. Cut the pattern out on the solid line.

Dig through all of those scraps. Find something fantabulous! After all, you want everyone at Starbucks to be jealous that your coffee wears a ‘designer’ cozy.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Press and layer your fabrics. Outer fabric face up, inner fabric face down and your batting on top. Pin your pattern on top and cut the fabrics out. See. I told you to never throw those scraps out!!

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Cut the elastic tie where it was fused together. Snip that part off. Some of them have a little metal piece in them and we wouldn’t want to stitch that. Cutting it also helps release the tension so that it stays in place without wiggling around.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Take the cozy sandwich to your machine. Fold your batting and inner fabric back a bit and place your elastic tie on the outer fabric with the loop facing inward. Take a few stitches to secure into place.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Re-layer your fabrics. Stitch the sandwich with a scant 1/4″ all the way around the cozy, leaving about 3″ for turning right side out. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning, over the elastic tie for stability, and again at the end. Clip your corners.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Turn right side out through the opening. Push your corners out with a thingamajig and press the cozy. Turn the unfinished seam allowance in and top stitch close to the edge around the entire cozy. I like to top stitch using a coordinating Sulky thread. I like it. It’s shiny. If you have a label you’d like to attach, do so now.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Wrap your cozy around your disposable cup to measure the placement of your button. I marked mine with a pin for the demo. Use a pencil to mark your button spot. Make it snug. Your cozy will be used over and over again. You don’t want your coffee to lose its cozy at Starbucks…A naked coffee cup? How embarrassing!

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Use coordinating embroidery floss to attach your button.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

You’re all finished! So easy and what a great gift for your friends, secret pals, or teachers.

If you’re in the area, come visit our booth at the Spring Fiber Fling. We’d love to see you!

Spring Fiber Fling
May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
McHenry County Fairgrounds
11900 Country Club Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098

**UPDATE 5/1/15 To make the coffee cozy without embroidery stitches and view the updated tutorial click here.

Welcome back to Handmade Holidays on Friday! We’ve got just the project to keep you busy this weekend. Coffee sleeves and cozy’s to fit your favorite cup or mug. Or maybe you have someone you’d like to give this to as a gift,… a teacher, a neighbor, or your favorite coffee lover?

We’ve made this sleeve unique by adding simple embroidery stitches to the seams. If you prefer not to embroidery, that’s fine too. Embellish any way you like. Have fun with it by making it your own!

This pattern fits a Starbucks disposable coffee cup. We’ve also made one to fit an Eco-friendly one as well. If you’re making the Eco-friendly sleeve,  add 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around the pattern lines.

You will need….

Pattern
7 to 8 scrap fabrics varying in width from 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ and approx. 13″ long
Fabric for the backing
Scrap piece of batting
Elastic hair tie, Button and Embroidery floss

Let’s begin!

Cut your fabrics into strips and sew them with right sides together as shown.

Press all your seams in one direction. Layer your batting and then your pieced fabric with right side up.

Place your pattern on top and position it on the fabric at a diagonal. Pin. Cut the fabric and batting using your pattern as the guide.

Keeping your cut pieces layered and using 4 strands of floss, embroider on top or close to all your sewn seams.  I used a french knot, whip stitch, and back stitch. We’ve added a few helpful stitch guides on the pattern for you. Be Creative!

Cut out your backing fabric by placing the pattern facing down on the right side of your fabric.

Place elastic tie as shown with the loop facing toward the sleeve and on the right side of fabric. Sew across to secure.

Layer your embroidered fabric piece and the backing right sides together and pin.

Using a scant 1/4″ seam, sew around the sleeve, leaving a 3″ opening for turning.

Clip the corners and turn right side out. Making sure to push your corners out.

Iron flat. Top stitch around the sleeve to secure the opening.

With your sleeve positioned on your cup, mark the button placement, making sure that its snug.

Sew on your button and you’re finished! Now, go show off your hard work! Or, place a gift card inside the Eco-friendly cup and you’re one present ahead of the season:)

If your interested in crocheting a mug cozy and coffee sleeve, we found a couple on these links..cozy & sleeve


My mom was gracious enough to demo those out for us. They turned out so cute. She added the big flower on the pink one. Be creative and add something special of your own. Maybe a crocheted stocking since it’s Christmas. There are lots of free crochet patterns out there. I love the mug cozy too because I can still read the Chicago around the rim and it’s made in our favorite colors here at SewMod…blue and green!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tutorial this week. Have a great weekend everyone and try to stay warm!

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