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Materials Needed to Sew a Mug Cozy
How many times can you put a cup of coffee in the microwave to reheat it? I know it happens all the time in our house... you sit down at the computer with a nice hot cup of coffee and before you know it the coffee is cold because you got entranced with some great find and now the coffee needs a re heat. The solutions is to keep it warm to begin with by having a mug cozy on your cup of coffee. Personalize your mug cozy as a great gift.
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- Fabric - Scraps large enough to cut two of the pattern piece you will be creating in the next step. The inside and out side do not have to be the same so this is a great time to raid your scraps. (2 pieces that are 21" by 4" are the most you will need.)
- Batting - enough to cut out one pattern piece.
- Thread to match your fabric - How to Choose the Correct Color Sewing Thread to Match Your Fabric
- 2" to 3" of 1/2" to 1" wide Hook and Loop Tape
- Optional - Machine Embroidery design or appliqué to embellish and personalize the mug cozy.
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Make Your Pattern
Mugs come in many sizes and shapes. This mug cozy can be custom made to your measurements or adjusted for a "close" fit via the strap that goes through the handle. Two sizes are offered here. Rotary rulers are a great way to assure that you are drawing a truly square pattern piece. How to Use Rotary Rulers and Cutters
- For a very large mug that is 19" around and stands 5" tall:
- Body of the pattern piece 4" by 18"
- The Tab - Measure 3/4" down on a 4" edge, extend a line 3" out from the 4" edge. Measure down 1 1/2" from the 3" line and create a rectangle that forms the tab at the end of the pattern piece. This will wrap around the mug under the handle.
For a medium size mug that is 12" around and stands 4" tall:
- The body of the pattern piece is 11" by 3"
- The Tab - Measure 3/4" down on a 3" edge. Extend the line 2" from the 3" edge. Measure down 1 1/4" from the 2" line and create a rectangle that forms the tab at the end of the pattern piece This will be wrap around the mug under the mug handle.
Lay the pattern piece out using a long body side edge as a grainline.
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Start SewingOptional: Embroider the cozy by centering the design on the body of the cozy. Place two designs by folding the body in half lengthwise and finding the center of each half.
Placing the hook and loop tape
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- On the back side of the fabric - Along the end without the tab, sew the hook tape 1/2" from the edge, centered on the short edge.
- On the right side (front of the cozy) - sew the loop tape on the tab, centering it on the length of the tab.
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Assemble the Mug Cozy
- Place the right sides together of the two fabric pieces matching all of the edges.
- Lay the batting under the fabric and align the edges.
- Pin all of the layers together.
- Sew the edges together using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening in the bottom of the body of the fabric toward the end with the tab, to make it easier to turn the fabric right side out.
- Trim the corners, clip the corners and grade the seam allowance.(The red lines in the photo show trimming and clipping locations.)
- Turn the fabric right sides out through the seam opening.
- Turn in the un-sewn seam allowance, pressing the seam allowance inside the cozy as if it were sewn.
- Hand sew the opening closed.
- Press well so the seams are at the edges.
- Top stitch the entire edge, keeping the stitching an even distance from the edges. How to Sew Straight - A Guide to Sewing Straight Lines