Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Coffee Cozy Tutorial by jenib320
Coffee Cozy Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Today I'm sharing a patchwork Coffee Cozy Tutorial, with a free printable template! Perfect to give along with a gift card or, a matching Scrappy Mug Rug!

This was originally published as a guest tutorial on Skip to My Lou.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial by jenib320
Coffee Cozy Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

- Fabric scraps from up to 12 different fabrics
- 4.5″x12″ piece of backing fabric
- 4.5″x12″ piece of fusible fleece
- 1 coordinating elastic hair tie or 4" of skinny elastic
- Small button
- Coordinating thread

Seam Allowance: 1/4″ unless noted

1. Download the pattern and print a copy of the template, making sure there is no scaling. You can check by measuring the 1″ square. Cut along the dashed line. (If you plan to make more than one, print two, and cut the second along the solid line!)

2. Select your fabrics or scraps and cut twelve 1.5″x4.5″ pieces.

3. Sew all 12 strips together along the 4.5″ sides. Press seams however you’d like!

4. Using the template, lay it on top of your patchwork, right sides up. Trace using a water soluble pen (just in case!). Cut out and set aside.

5. Take your lining fabric and place the template on the wrong side of the fabric. Trace and cut out.

6. Using a small length of thread, fold your hair elastic and tie a small knot about a 1/3 of the way over, so that you have two uneven loops. This will help hold it in place when you sew together your cozy!

7. Take your template and cut off the seam allowance by cutting along the solid line. Use this template to cut out your fusible fleece. Fuse to the wrong side of your patchwork piece.

8. Center your hair elastic along one edge of your patchwork piece, with the large loop on the patchwork. Secure with a few stitches with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

9. Place your front and back pieces right sides together and pin around the edges.

10. Sew around all four edges, back stitching at the start and finish, making sure to leave a 1.5″-2″ opening along the bottom edge for turning. Carefully trim the corners and the excess hair elastic.

11. Turn your work inside out, using a turning tool or dull pencil to poke out the corners, press. Top stitch very close to the edge, making sure to close up the opening.

12. On the side opposite the hair tie, center your button 1.5″ from the short edge. Mark with a pen. Start sewing your button from the front side, so that you end up with your knot finishing under the button. This leaves your backing nice and neat!

Voila! You’re finished! You could easily make these with more or less patchwork, or without patchwork!



  1. Love it!! Thanks for sharing! Cristina

  2. I love it! You always choose the best fabrics!

  3. Wow! Congratulations on 500 posts! Looking forward to your next 500!

  4. Congratulations on your 500th post! I love the rainbow of fabrics that you picked. :)

  5. Yes, you always make the best fabric combos. And thank YOU for writing!

  6. So cute! And congrats on 500 posts! Wow!!

  7. Congratulations on your 500th post! That's awesome! I look forward to reading 500 more :-)

  8. Skip to My Lou + In Color Order = JOY !!! Happy 500th Post my friend :)

  9. Tres chic!

    Congratulations on reaching your 500th post!

  10. Wow, congrats on a great 500th post.

  11. Congrats on your 500th post!! And love the colors of your cozy.

  12. Congratulations! Love the coffee cozy!

  13. what a cute idea for #500! thank you for blogging!

  14. Congrats of 500! Love the Cozy! Totally going to make one or five happen for me.

  15. Jeni..this would be a great one for our comfort and joy theme month in december? want to make it christmacy for a guest post? you know where lol

  16. Love this idea! Hope this question isn't too dumb, but being a novice sewer have to ask " why does the template have two overlapping patterns?";-) Thanks...Kim


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