Well, sadly, we have a man down as of this week. Minneapolis finally took it’s toll on my DIYnamic other half . Despite having the best (and cutest) Sorel boots available, black ice is a cruel master. Down she went, and in the process, fractured her elbow. Needless to say, this will take a toll on our “12 Days of Craftmas” grand ideas. However, I will soldier on and try my best to pick up the slack in Jaryn’s absence. I can’t promise that I’ll get all 12 posts in — as I have many partially finished Christmas gifts. Story of my life. But, we’ll do the best we can and just enjoy the holiday season, eh?
Our second easy and inexpensive DIY Christmas gift is — drumroll, please — the lovable and very versatile and felt coffee cozy! My friend Sarah-Henning came down this weekend to celebrate my birthday and we definitely felt the crafting spirit move us (ha! Get it?). So, a quick trip to the craft stores and we were all set to get cozy. (Another one! So, punny today.) All you’ll need for this project is a pack of felt (very cheap at JoAnn’s or Michaels — and now they even have textured felt! Fun!), various thread, fabric glue, scissors, buttons, thin elastic, and your imagination! First, you’ll need to decide what types of things you’d like for your coffee cozy decoration. Here are a few of mine before they were glued/stitched down.
Here is my mustache and Honey Badger template, if you’d like to whet your whistle with those first. (Sorry, I didn’t have time to actually do them up nice in Illustrator.) If you aren’t an artist or just some inspiration, print some pictures and just use them as traceable guides. Cut out all of your small pieces. I used a thin Sharpie to trace everything on the back of the felt in order to be able to cut with clean lines. Use Ziplocs to keep each set of images’ pieces together.you’ll need to cut out a template for your cozy.
Next, you’ll choose your background colors for the cozy. The main cozy consists of two pieces of felt, the top panel being slightly smaller than the bottom panel. Here is my template, if you’d like to use mine. Once you have all your felt pieces cut out, you can begin to glue your decorations to the top panel of the main cozy. The glue we used is Beacon Fabri-Tac. It’s much like hot glue without the need for electricity. It dries very quickly and is super durable. Just be careful of the “tails” that form as you pull the bottle away.
Once you have all your decorations glued down, and have given them time to dry, you’ll need to do any decorative stitching. For example, I had to do some embroidery stitching on my sock monkey.
Next, it’s time to stitch the elastic loops onto the right end of the cozy between the top and bottom panels. You really want to make sure that your stitching is catching the elastic. I used the shortest stitch length I have on my Featherweight and went back and forth about four times.
You can also hand stitch this, if you don’t have a sewing machine. Next, you ‘ll need to either glue or machine stitch the top panel to the back panel. I used my sewing machine and a the longest stitch setting, backstitching at the ends.
Trim all the threads and then pick out your two decorative buttons. This is a great opportunity to use up some of those single buttons you have sitting in a drawer, as mismatched buttons are just as cute! Hand stitch your two buttons onto the left end.
Voila, you’re done! Make as many as you can think of decorations for! If you’re like Sarah-Henning and I, you’ll have trouble falling asleep because you’ll keep thinking of cute decorations for your next cozy.
The only thing left to do, is to figure out your presentation. If you’re giving them to co-workers, slap a gift tag on them and you’re done. Sarah-Henning came up with the winner gift tag slogan….”Hope your Christmas is good to the last drop!” If you’re giving them to friends or family, you might consider purchasing a mug, some coffee beans, and/or a coffee gift card to go with your lovely cozy. So versatile! If you decide to “get cozy,” please post some pics, we’d love to see them!