Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cup Cozy Tutorial

Its Saturday and that means its time for this week's tutorial. I thought I would start out easy in writing my first tutorial. If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know.

Today's tutorial is a cup cozy. I'm not a big coffee fan but I do love hot drinks, especially in the fall and winter. Those darn cups can get hot and I have the need to cute everything up.

What you will need:
a cardboard cup sleeve. Mark one side 1 and the other side 2. This is important.
a hair elastic (or narrow garment elastic)
a button
a scrap of fleece
the front and back fabrics
embellishment (optional)
sewing machine and sewing kit

1. open up the cardboard sleeve and on the back of one fabric trace side one of the sleeve. On the second fabric flip the sleeve and trace side two. Trace any side of the sleeve on the fleece.

2. cut out the fabric patterns 1/4 inch from your traced line. Cut the sleeve pattern on the line (this reduces bulk)

If you are adding embellishments (I added a premade ruffle the length of the sleeve) sew it on now.

3. layer your 3 pieces as follows; right sides together of your fabrics, the fleece on top of the wrong side of the the top fabric.

4. on one end slip in the hair elastic in between the two fabrics. Pinch the elastic and use a pin to hold it into place

5. pin all layers together and sew a quarter inch seam all the way around leaving a 2 inch opening along one side for turning.

6. Turn your sleeve right sides out and poke out your corners. Iron the sleeve flat tucking in your   opening edges.

7. edge stitch around the whole sleeve making sure to catch the folded in edges of the opening.

8. you can now quilt the sleeve for added dimension or leave it as is.

9. try it on an empty cup and use a pin to mark a place for the button on the edge opposite the elastic and sew on the button

Of couse I had to make one out of Joel Dewberry's new line, Heriloom. I am still looking for just the right pattern for that fabric line.

I am thinking of making a bunch of these as gifts and adding a hot chocolate or apple cider packet, maybe a cute spoon. They are so quick to make and are a good way to use up those batting scraps.

We have a Flickr group and if you make anything using our tutorials (or anything else for that matter) we would love for you to add your photos.

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