Monday, May 10, 2010

Coffee Cup Cozy

This was one of the workshop projects this past Saturday (May 8, 2010). I think it's one of the most fun projects I've done in a long time! We used low temp hot glue guns to assemble these fun coffee cup cozies, but my own cup was stitched with craft floss . . . because (1) I had no hot glue gun with me when I made it; and (2) I LOVE to stitch on felt 'cause the needle slides through the felt so smoothly and easily!!!

Anyway, the instructions are easy peasy! All you need is some scrap felt, a Big Shot and the Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die and some adhesive or a needle and thread. If you don't want to use hot glue guns, because, for example, you're making these with kids, or if you have more time for the project to dry, you also could use FabriTac or some other fabric glue.

The first thing you do is cut three of the basket pieces out of felt (I run my felt through the Big Shot with a piece of scrap paper on each side to make a nice clean cut through the fabric). You then layer the three pieces with edges overlapping -- the longer side of the basket piece will come just to the outer edge of the handle. Glue or sew the pieces together, and then cut off a strip along the top edge (about 3/4" wide) to remove all of the handles, leaving a long slightly curved piece of felt.

At this point, you can decorate the strip with flowers and other shapes cut from the Baskets & Blooms and whatever other dies you may have (butterflies were popular in my workshop). (Note that the Sizzlit and Embosslits will not cut through felt, so you'll need to use the shapes from the Originals and Bigz Dies.)

Once you have the strip decorated to your liking, wrap it tightly around a to-go coffee cup and glue or pin and then sew the overlapping piece. You can then add more embellishments, if you like, to cover the last seam.

Now it's time to sit back and enjoy a cuppa!!!!

This project was inspired by Barbara Mullikin. You can see her photos of the assembly process at Barbara's blog.

Cath ;D

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