How to make a Patchwork coffee cozy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hi there! If you're a coffee lover like me, I've got a fun and quick coffee cozy for you to make. It's done in patchwork with 2 1/2 inch squares. These were some pieces leftover from that fold over patchwork clutch I made and shared the link with you. This is the coffee cup from our church but sometimes I forget it and end up sipping my coffee from one of the disposable ones they provide, and occasionally my hubby and I go through a drive through for a latte This will catch any drips and keep my hands from getting too warm, and I will just keep it in my purse so I always have it.
To make this you need 12- 2 1/2 inch squares of fabric
A piece of batting or iron on fleece 4  1/2 by 12 1/2 
A piece of backing fabric 4 1/2 x 12 1/2
a small piece of thin elastic about 2" long
a button
normal sewing supplies
The template for the cozy you can print out is here
Arrange all your 2 1/2 inch squares in the order you like them
Sew the first top and bottom pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam, then do the same with the other sets.
Lay your batting or fleece down and place the first set on the end. Now lay the next set lining up the edges, face down, and sew them together. Flip the set on the right open, smooth it out, pin the next set on that, and continue until you're done.

Now pin your template on and cut just outside the black line.
Place your backing fabric down right side up, place your front piece right side down, loop the elastic and pin it on your right side on the edge of your fabric so the loop is on the inside. Pin the rest of your fabric down, and sew around the perimeter using a 1/4 inch seam allowance but leaving about a 3-4 inch opening on the bottom. Trim your pieces and cut the tips off your corners.

Turn your cozy right side out through the opening, gently push your seams out, fold the raw edges at the hole to the inside and iron. Pin the opening closed, and sew close to the edge all the way around your cozy.

Wrap your cozy around your cup, or one the same size you normally use, and mark where your button needs to go. Hand stitch it on and you're done!
I like the cozies made from a single fabric, but these are so much more fun to make and use. When they need washing, just toss them in with your shirts. Enjoy!

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