Tamara's mug cosy
Dream Tea Ambassador and finalist of the Great British Sewing Bee, Tamara Melvin has donated this wonderful mug cosy pattern exclusively for Dream Tea.
You will need:
- Fabric – this could be an old jumper or fleece or off cuts from a previous project. The thicker the fabric the more insulated your drink will be.
- Elastic - 12cm long
- 2 x buttons
- Trim or ribbon
- Things to decorate with, bows, badges, flowers, sequins
- Needle (unless using a sewing machine)
- Measuring tape
- Paper or card & pen
- 5 easy steps to make your own mug cosy.
1. Pick the mug you'd like to make a cosy for; you will be making a made to measure cosy for this mug. Get organised and gather all your materials together. Choosing a colour scheme will help, I've chosen purple and orange, the Dreams Come True colours. Get into the habit of collecting ribbons and trims off chocolate boxes, flowers and presents, they'll come in handy for projects like these.
2. Measure your mug from handle to handle leaving a small gap at the handle. You’ll be making a strip that will be wrapped around the mug and fastened by a button and elastic loop. Now measure the depth of the cosy you’d like. Remembering that you need to leave a little bit of space so that you can take a sip without getting fluffy lips!
3. With these measurements you will be making a pattern so that you can make your cosy as many times as you like in different fabrics and using different trims or decorations.
Draw your oblong on a piece of card or stiff paper and cut it out. Now round off the corners, by folding the shape in half, then quarters. Using your scissors, carefully round off the corners. Pin your pattern to your chosen fabric and cut out.
4. Take your trim and pin to the edge of your cosy, so that it slightly over hangs. Unless you are using a fabric that does not fray, like fleece or felt. We are using the trim to hide the raw edge. Hand stitch or machine stitch the trim to the cosy, being careful to remove the pins as you go. If you use a sewing machine, why not choose a zig zag stitch or an embroidery stitch to add an extra detail.
Sew one of your buttons to one end of your cosy. At the other end make a loop with your elastic, making sure it is long enough to stretch to the other side and overlap your button. Hand sew this to your cosy and then sew the other button on top. This hides any stitching.
5. Now your cosy is ready to decorate! You can use buttons, badges, hand embroidery, motifs, charms, beads to adorn your cosy – go to town!
Here are some examples:
We’d love to see the fruits of your labours. Don’t forget to share your homemade mug cosy designs with us on twitter and facebook.
Author: James Gunn
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