I use a lot of pretty cotton fabrics in my felt flower hoop designs, but I end up with a lot of scrap pieces. The patterns are so lovely and I hate to throw out perfectly good fabric so I’m coming up with creative ways to use the scraps. One of the things I made recently was this quilted coffee cozy. It’s a great way to use up small pieces of fabric and it’s super cute! These make really sweet gifts too, for a coffee or tea drinker! So I thought I’d share this coffee cozy tutorial (including a pattern) with you so you can start working your way through your own fabric scrap pile!
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I’m a serious tea drinker. We’re talking 3 cups a day minimum. And I will drink my tea all through every season, no matter the temperature. I think most people are as committed to their hot beverages as I am, making this coffee cozy a great year-round gift!
This particular design fits best on mugs that are either uniformly sized (like the one in the pics) or that are slightly narrower at the top.
This is a super quick DIY that should only take about an hour to make. That’s great news if you need a last minute gift!
Coffee Cozy Tutorial
Here’s what you’ll need:
Each of my little scraps of fabric were 2 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ and I needed 7 of them for both the front and back. You’ll need enough fabric to form an 11″x4.5″ rectangle when stitched together.
If you’re wondering about the scissors in the picture, they are Fiskars Micro-Tip Easy Action Shears. They’re really great for cutting out detailed patterns. So not really necessary for this project. Lol! I was looking for a pair of scissors to add as a prop to the photo and these were within reach. I do use them for lots of other projects though, I promise!
Since the pattern is curved, you’ll need to ‘step’ the fabrics. Unless they are already tall enough to cover the whole pattern, which mine weren’t.
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance and stitch your fabric pieces together. Press open the seams. I arranged my fabrics so that they’d be the same front and back cause I’m fancy like that. 🙂
Pin the pattern to your assembled fabric pieces and cut out. Also cut one out of the batting.
Layer your pieces, batting on the bottom with the fabrics right sides together on top.
Sew all the way around the perimeter, inserting the hair elastic halfway in on one side. Backstitch over the elastic a couple of times for extra security.
Make sure you leave a 2″ gap in the stitching so you can turn your cozy right side out.
Turn the cozy right side out and top stitch all the way around, about 1/8″ from the edge.
Next quilt the cozy by stitching through all the layers within the confines of the topstitched outline. I think it would look odd if the quilting went past the outline.
I opted to stitch in an X/diamond pattern going from corner to corner on each strip.
Did any of that make sense?! Lol 😀
Add a colourful button and all will be well!
Look at how cute this is! I’m planning to give it to my mom for Mother’s Day.
Me and the boys made cookies yesterday to use up the last of the Easter chocolate. They were perfect photo props and a delicious reward for a job well done! 😀
I’m really loving these quick projects that can easily be done in an afternoon. With 2 kiddos running around I often can’t commit to the larger sewing projects I’d like to do. It’s pretty satisfying to do a project from start to finish.
Also check out this tutorial for a DIY toothbrush travel wrap for another quick afternoon project, or these Zero Waste DIY Produce Bags. Plus this post of 22 DIY Fabric Scrap Projects for more ideas on ways to use up those scraps!
And don’t forget to download your free pattern for this coffee cozy tutorial.
Have fun sewing!