Okay so I've seen some super cute coffee cozy's a few times on Etsy and some other sites. Super cute, and I guess you could consider it recycling and doing your part since you won't have to use the paper one they give you at Starbucks or your favorite coffee shop. (Starbucks is my fav, big shocker right!) So I decided I should try and make one too, everyone else is doing it...and you know what they say....if everyone else is doing it, I should too! ;D So without further delay, I give you the super stylish..yet incredibly earth friendly coffee cozy! Don't you love the magnificent "Mustache" cozy. That's probably my fave! I love all things mustache: Tom Selek, mustache necklaces, mustache tattoos, fake mustaches, you get the idea. If you want to see how to make your own coffee cozy, click on the read more link.
Supplies you will need for One Very Awesome Coffee Cozy:
( I used two different coordinating fabrics)
- Light weight quilt batting
- Sewing machine
- Fabric shears
- Starbucks paper coffee sleeve
- White colored pencil
- 1 Sm. Elastic hair band, or thin elastic by the yard
- 1 button ( you could also do Velcro if you prefer for your closure )
- Optional: Mustache template
( I printed mine from a clip art photo, and then glued it to some thin cardboard so it will last. )
Cut out your batting using the paper Starbucks sleeve as your template. Leave about 1/2" excess on all sides. You will also need to cut out your fabric of choice using the Starbucks template, you will need 2 pieces of fabric. Mix and match fabrics that coordinate, or they can be the same. Honestly though what's the fun in having them be the same?
Here are the 3 layers of fabric, the elastic hair band you'll use for the closure, and the button. You only need one button, I don't know why I put 2 in the picture. :) You also see my "MUSTACHE" that I traced onto a heavier weight black fabric I had left over and cut out.
First you'll want to iron your fabrics, which as you can see I did not do before snapping photos! Ha Ha.
Then you'll want to sew your batting to the back of one of the layers of fabric.
Okay if your choosing to sew an applique like my awesome mustache I did this is where you would stop to do that. Choose which fabric will the the outside (the one that shows) and which will be the inside fabric. Then sew your applique in the center of your fabric. The top of your fabric should be the longest arch. I used my sewing machine to sew the mustache on, we'll see how it holds up. I may try to put a little fray check on it to keep it from unraveling, but it should be fine if you don't.
Now take the fabric piece you stitched the batting to and your elastic hair band or by the yard elastic. You will need to sew the hair band or elastic to the fabric edge (centered). The elastic loop should face inwards to the center of the fabric so that when we sew the layers together it will be on the outside of the seam. Make sense? If your a sewer you know, if not...sorry I stink at explaining this. The loop should be large enough to fit around the button, but with a little excess for when we sew our layers together. Just be sure to go back and forth over it a few times so it's strong.
Now you can lay the other layer of fabric on top of it face side down. ( The fabric patterns should be facing each other ) You will need to leave the end without the elastic loop open so you can flip the cozy inside out when we sew the layers together. I sewed about a 3/8" stitch around the border, remembering to leave that end open. Now I trimmed my excess fabric around the sewn edges, and trimmed the corners. Now flip it inside out, use a pencil or something pointy to get your corners nice by poking them basically. Take your iron and press it all smooth and fold your unfinished end inside to form a clean edge and press it. Then sew it shut and continue around your edges for a clean finish.
Now take a pencil and mark where your button should go, I used the Starbucks paper sleep as a guide to where I needed it to join. So you can use that as your guide too. One thing I did notice and will probably change is the angled edges on the ends. When I was finished it didn't close like the paper sleeve does, so I will probably modify that..but for now it's cool. You can play around with yours and see what you like best. Also, while sewing your button you'll notice I put a toothpick under it so it left room for the loop to go around. Sew it good so that it stays on!
And Bam...The finished products. I love them. Maybe this means I should drink more coffee, I hardly go to coffee shops anymore. I just might have to go more often to show off my awesomeness!
If you want to play around you could try and make this reversible, I'm too lazy today to figure that out! ;D