Let’s start off the New Year doing our little bit to save the planet. I just read statistics on how much those little coffee bands add to the landfill. Most of us have never stopped to think about the number of cardboard coffee sleeves that end up in landfills every year. It is estimated that over 1.1 billion are tossed away (with consumers in the US contributing over 400 million alone). Stitching up a coffee cozy will help reduce our carbon footprint on the planet,,,and it is a perfect way to use up scraps. This is a win-win so let’s get stitchin’ a cozy for your morning travel cup a’ coffee.
What you will need:
2 coordinating fabrics at least 4.5 x 12 inches
Fusible fleece 4.5 x 12 inches
Coordinating elastic hair tie
Button, scissors, thread, pins, ruler, marker and chopstick or other pointy thing
Step One: Download the pattern and print a copy of the template. Lay it on top of your fabric and cut it out. Cut both layers with right sides together. This way you will have a near perfect mirror image. Cut one piece from fusible fleece and trim off a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step Two: Position the fusible fleece on the wrong side of the exterior fabric. Do not press directly onto the fusible fleece. Flip the piece and iron on the exterior fabric. Mark the3-1/2 inch opening for turning as indicated on the template. i mark my stopping and starting points with double pins. I can’t tell you how many times I have sewn past my stopping point when I don’t do this.
Step Three: Fold the elastic hair tie in half. The area where the hair tie is joined should be at the end of one loop, Wrap a small length of thread around the hair tie about from the end about 1/3 up from the end where it is joined. This will help hold the tie in place when you go to sew your cozy together. Cut the loop at the join.
Step Four: Center the hair tie to the wrong side of the exterior fabric. Place the loop to the inside of the piece. Secure with a few stitches with a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
Step Five: Place the front and the, back pieces right side together (RST) and pin the around the edges. Leave a 3 inch opening along the bottom edge for turning. I mark the beginning and end of openings with double pins to remind me where to stop and start. Starting at the bottom where you marked the opening, sew all the way around the edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Clip the curves to reduce bulk. Trim the excess hair tie.
Step Six: Carefully turn your cozy right side out. Use a chopstick or other blunt object to poke out the cozy. Turn under the allowance for the opening. You can use a little fusible tape to hold in place. Press the the cozy flat. Top stitch the close to the edge about 1/8 inch. This will catch the opening and secure it in place.
Step Seven: On the opposite side of the hair tie center your button 1.5 inches in from the edge. Start sewing your button from the front side so you will end up with your knot under the button. this leaves the back nice and neat.
Voila! Your coffee cozy is complete and ready for use.
I am not a coffee drinker and my morning commute is now from my bedroom to my workstation in my spare room, so I decided to have a little fun with my readers. I will gift my coffee cozy to one of my readers along with a $5 Starbucks gift certificate. Sign up for my newsletter on the right to get into the drawing. Everyone who has joined by Feb. 6th will be entered to win, good luck!
The raffle is now closed and we have a winner – ALabree from Dallas, TX. Thank you all for entering.