Resolved: To Try Something New

Coffee Cozy Tutorial

In addition to all the regular resolutions that January is famous for, such as working out, eating healthier and saving money, trying a new hobby or trying something new is also a popular favorite. Perhaps you have set your sights on knitting, or crocheting, have signed up for a pottery class or dance lessons.

Would you like to try something new? How about a bit of sewing? Here is a coffee cozy tutorial for you:

First, start with a coffee sleeve, a piece of paper and pencil.

Trace the coffee sleeve. Then, using a ruler, or sewer's gauge, make marks 1/2" away from your traced line, all the way around. This is for your seam allowance.

Connect all your little marks, essentially  making a larger coffee cozy. See where the arrow is? Cut all the way around on that outside line.

I label my't forget what they are later. And I'll know which is the right side. And I marked an X to remind me of where the button goes.

Gather up the rest of your supplies: batting, DMC embroidery floss in the color of your choice, a front fabric and a back fabric, sharp scissors, pins and a hand-sewing needle, a decorative button, disappearing ink marking pen and 5" of some really skinny elastic.

Using your pattern template, put the right side of the template on the wrong side of the front fabric. Trace all around with the disappearing ink marker, and cut out.

Lay the front fabric, right side up on a piece of batting. Measure 2 1/2" in from the left side. It should be the blunt side. (You'll notice the other side has a slight point to it on the top) This is where your button will go. Yes, I switched it from the original "collect your other supplies" picture. Liked this one better. Sew the button on the front fabric piece, through the batting too.

Take your 5" length of elastic, fold it in half and hand-stitch it to the other side, in the middle. You will stitch over this with your machine, but the hand-stitching will help it from rolling out from under your machine's foot when you do.

Trim the batting and then flip the front fabric piece face down onto the right side of your back fabric piece. They should make a sandwich, both right sides facing. Pin the layers together. Make two marks (where my fingers are) about 2" apart with the pen. You are going to leave this 2" unsewn for turning.

Stitch all three layers together, using a 1/2" seam allowance, starting at the first mark and ending at the second. Make sure you backtack at beginning and end.

 I like to zigzag stitch in the seam allowance over where I handstitched the elastic on. Just makes it more secure.

Trim away the extra backing fabric and blunt off the corners. Remove the pins.

Turn the cozy right side out through the opening. Make sure the batting layer stays to the inside. Push the corners out with a chopstick or turning tool. Press the cozy, paying particular attention to the opening, making sure the raw edges are tucked in.

Top-stitch around the cozy, using a longer stitch, and backtacking at beginning and end. Your stitches should catch and close the opening for turning.

 Tada! Coffee cozy. Now, go make a bunch for your friends and let me know that you did!




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