In 2016 I'll be releasing a pattern a month for the purpose of making a mug cozy! I just released the first one this month, and February will be out shortly. Keep an eye out for all of them through the year.
There are basic instructions for sewing and finishing the cozy included with every pattern - every month. But I thought it might be nice to include a photo tutorial to talk you through the process, especially for those of you who are beginner sewers.
The first part of completing the mug cozy is to complete the cross-stitch pattern.
Once you have that done you'll need:
- 1/4 yard of fleece fabric (there are fabrics that you can get at Jo-Ann that go with each month's pattern, or you can choose your own. Make up your own color scheme for the cross-stitch while you are at it! This is YOUR creation)
- A single sheet of felt or other insulating fabric
- A pattern for the cozy (it comes with your cross stitch pattern or you can download and pring it HERE)
- Scissors, thread, iron and ironing board, button, piece of elastic (or a hair tie if you are resource like me)
Fold your fabric in half and then in half again with wrong side facing
Lay your pieces in front of you just as they look in the picture above: The piece with the hole is wrong side up, the solid piece is right side up, and the insulating piece doesn't matter.
First: Lay the piece with the whole (wrong side up) on top of the solid piece (which is still right side up).
It'll look like this:
Use a pin to pull out the corners in the tight spots. (Guest appearance from my baby bump at the bottom of this photo!)
The final step is to try this baby on your favorite mug, pull the elastic a little bit to help you choose the best place for a button, and then sew the button on by hand.
The final FINAL step is to enjoy your favorite hot beverage.