In Seattle, coffee is king, and it’s easy to pick up someone else’s cup (or worse, someone could pick up yours!) when they all look alike. So make your cuppa easy to find with a distinctive piece of art. Read on to learn how to make Embroidered and Beaded Wool Coffee Cozies!
- Felted wool for the outside of your cozy: 10- by 5-inch piece
- Quilter’s cotton for the lining: 10- by 5-inch piece
- Fast2Fuse or similar fusible stabilizer: 10- by 5-inch piece
- Perle cotton thread: I used size 8
- Neutral or matching sewing thread to whip stitch your wool and cotton fabrics
- Glass beads with holes large enough to accommodate the perle cotton threaded onto a needle
- Cardboard coffee sleeve from your favorite barista to use as a template
- Chalk pencil, Frixion pen or other non-permanent, easily removable marking tool
- Sharp fabric scissors and thread snips
- Hand sewing needle that will fit through your chosen beads when threaded with perle cotton
- Your favorite hand sewing needle
Step 1 – Save a cardboard sleeve from a barista visit.
Step 2 – Open one side of the sleeve to create a template for cutting Fast2Fuse. No seam allowances added here – the template is the finished size. Then trace around the template onto the Fast2Fuse and cut out the shape. The Fast2Fuse will be covered by fabric, so it’s okay if the marks remain after cutting.
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Step 3 – Trace template on the wool, then cut even with the curved top and bottom. Add ½-inch on each end of the wool for the seam allowance.
Step 4 – Embellish wool with perle cotton and beads, leaving the seam allowance unstitched. I did a meandering feather stitch, adding an occasional bead. You can stitch any design you like. Create Whimsy’s collection of 10 Easy Embroidery Stitches to Embellish Your Projects is a great place to find stitches to try. But one word of advice: don’t put your project down in the vicinity of a lab puppy. He’ll think you made him a chew toy and then it will look bedraggled like the piece in the photo.
Step 5 – Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply the Fast2Fuse to the wrong side of the cotton fabric, protecting the iron and ironing surface with nonstick pressing sheets. Then cut the fabric, adding a ½-inch seam/fold over allowance and clip the concave curve. Be careful to keep the iron in contact with fabric only, fold the seam allowance over the edges of the Fast2Fuse and press the seam allowance in place.
Step 6 – Join the straight edges of the cotton-covered Fast2Fuse, fabric facing the inside, and whip stitch the edges together. Fit the embellished wool over the lined Fast2Fuse, turn under the seam allowance and whip stitched the folded edges together. If you are very clever (or very lucky) your embroidery design will match at the seam.
Step 7 – Blanket stitch the top and bottom of the cozy. These are thick layers, so the stabbing method works best. A good thimble and needle puller are your friends.
Step 8 – Take care to push the needle straight through on your blanket stitches to keep the depth of each stitch the same on the inside and outside of the cozy. Bury the thread end between the layers. Then you’re done with your wool coffee cozy. So get yourself a coffee – you’ve earned it!