A DIY Coffee Cozy is a great little gift for your friends this Christmas! They would make a great party favor too!
Here’s another quick budget friendly little Christmas or anytime gift you can make!
These coffee cozys have been all over blog-land for years but I’m embarrassed to say I wasn’t interested in them until I became a little more “green”. Now every time I slip on a “sleeve” at Starbucks I feel like I’m not doing my part. Soooo I got busy! No need to feel bad over something I can control, right?
*Fabric for the front of cozy ( 6″ by 14″)
*Fabric for the lining of cozy(6″ by 14″)
*Fusible Batting (6″by 14″)
There are tutorials galore that give great instructions for these easy little cuties, some even give you a printable pattern! House on Hill Road has a great pattern if you’d like to click over! But if you’re prone to fly by the seat of your pants like I am…let’s just get to it! I simply saved my Starbucks cup (washed it out) and sleeve. I traced around the sleeve leaving about 1/2″ seam allowance…
From the pattern, I cut out a front and back fabric and a piece of Fusible Quilter’s Batting.
Following the easy batting instructions iron batting to the wrong side of the lining fabric.
With right sides together, pin and sew layers (1/2″ seam allowance) leaving about 3″ open.
Trim seams and turn to right side, work with the shape until you have the cozy looking like the Starbucks sleeve. Press, folding under the open 3 inch’s to prepare for top stitch.
Sew along outside around entire cozy closing the opening as you go!
One way to do the next step is to measure the overlap on the cozy. But I’m very visual and I wanted proof that the button was in fact in exactly the correct place! Soooo I made it hard! Here’s how:
Pin your elastic in place on lining side and wrap cozy around cup. Estimate where your button might go and put pins in button holes straight through the (empty ) cup. Now carefully stretch the elastic over the button. Adjust as needed and using an Air Erasable Marker (or a very faint pencil dot) mark where your button should be sewn…oh, and sew it on!
Now sew your elastic. I went back and forth using a zig-zag stitch…
Cut off the stray ends of the elastic and use Fray-Check to keep it from unraveling …
WaaaLaaa! I read that someone was giving these as Christmas gifts and including a Starbucks gift card! Cute! Cute! Cute!
*****PS…did you notice the burlap cozy? I love the look of the burlap and heaven knows burlap is CHEAP but it doesn’t feel very good to hold. So I applied Heat and Bond Vinyl to the burlap.
I wanted to make certain it stood up under constant use before I recommend it to you…well, I’ve been using it non-stop for 2 weeks and it’s GREAT! I’m going to make more of the burlap cozys!
***You simply iron the vinyl to the burlap (following the instructions that come with the Heat and Bond ) before you do any sewing and proceed with the rest of the instructions!***