So happy to be posting this tutorial. I shared a photo of my coffee cozy (gee, probably a year ago) and since Pinterest came around I've had several requests to do a tutorial on the cozy. There are actually lots of cute tutorials and patterns online, but I'm sure everyone has their own style, so I will share mine. How's that?
Here's the finished cozy. I have another photo coming up with the cozy laying flat. The fun thing I did was include the elastic band that hooks around the button, so this cozy is super adjustable and fits any size cup (venti, much?).
1. Choose your fabrics; I used 2 1/2" wide strips, so you can use some of your leftover jelly roll pieces, or just trim your own. I grabbed scraps that were about 8-9" long. Depending on how tightly you sew your strips together, you will need about 6 strips.
2. Sew your strips together. This is the fun part. You don't even need to sew them straight! In fact, the ones I purposefully laid at angles turned out the cutest. Just put right sides together and sew at a slight angle. Your finished piece will look like mine above, before you press it.
3. Press. What a difference a nice pressing makes. Now you can see that my first strip on the left is sewn rather straight, then I laid the following strips more at an angle. Fun! (You can trim the back side of the seams if you have a lot of extra fabric hanging out).
4. Cut out your cozy using my pattern download. (This is my first time supplying an actual pattern - you can tell it's hand drawn, so be nice. Hee, hee.) I usually add my own seam allowances as I cut (which I did in the above photo), but I have added the seam allowance on the downloadable pattern for you. DO NOT add an extra seam allowance when using the paper pattern. P.S. The pattern prints exactly as is on 8.5 X 11 paper.
6. Cut a layer of batting. If you want to be really fancy, use Insul-Bright. It's used for hot pads, oven mitts, etc. I order my coffee extra hot (doesn't everyone?) so I wanted these cozies to really work. But, honestly? I think plain cotton batting probably works fine, too.
9. Next you are going to stitch around the edges. I've marked on the pattern where to place the elastic band. You can see in the photo above that I leave a bit of the band sticking out of the seam and kind of pinched it together with the pins. Also, the area between the two heart pins is where you leave your seam open. It's not a bad idea to stitch an extra time right over where the elastic goes in.
10. Time to turn the cozy right side out. And, if layered correctly, the insulated batting is now inside! Hee. It's looking cute. Finger press all the round corners (you can trim the edges a bit before you turn the cozy right side out), then press gently with your iron. You can see the open seam there - it will have to be stitched shut by hand (gasp). You can do it.
12. Now the hardest part: choosing a button. Hee. (Brown is cute, but yellow is so cheerful. Can't find the exact yellow, how about a pop of lime green? No, doesn't look right, Ah, red-orange. Perfect, and a good size, too...) Just pick one, and stitch it on. There is coffee to be bought.
So, there you go. A sweet little coffee cozy that folds in half and tucks right in your purse. It's so fun to use (I get so many comments on mine), and really "green", too. I mean, one less disposable holder to throw away, right?
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And stop by tomorrow, too. You will see what happens when you have a LOT of scraps and plenty of elastic bands, and several willing friends to stitch. Hee.