On the 3rd Day of Stitchmas: A Mug Cozy Tutorial

Hartford Stitch Sewing Studio 12 Days of Stitchmas Mug Cozy tutorial

Handmade gifts are some of the best gifts, but that doesn't mean you have time (or desire) to spend your entire holiday season making all of your friends personalized goodies. This little project whips up super quickly, especially after you make the first one. Throw in a couple more tasty treats and you have a perfect, and easy, gift (see below for some of our add-in ideas or how to turn this project into a party!!).


- Front: Various scraps of quilting cotton, at least 4"H by 1" - 3"W

- Backing: Quilting cotton, 9"W x 3.5"H

- Cotton batting or fusible fleece interfacing, 9"W x 3.5"H

- 6" Elastic (I prefer Double Fold Elastic)

- Button

- Coordinating thread

-Optional: Mug (I like the "Aspen" mug from Crate and Barrel) and lots of other filler goodies!

1. Trim the scraps so that the two long sides are parallel, keeping the strips at least 1" wide. Plan out your by laying the strips on the batting, overlapping the edges by at least 1/4" to account for the seam allowance.

2. Starting on the left side of the batting, place the first two pieces right side (RS) together, aligning the right hand sides of the pieces.

3. Sew along the right hand side with a quarter inch seam allowance. If you don't have a quarter inch foot, or didn't get around to putting one on (ahem), then keep your seam allowance narrow and even and you'll be good to go!

4. Finger press the seam open. You can press it with a iron for a crisp press as long as you didn't use the fusible fleece interfacing!

5. Repeat this process with the remaining pieces. Place, sew, press and repeat!

6. So... even if you think you've measured perfectly you just may misjudge and find that you come up a little short. Oops. Have some extra scraps on hand to fill out the batting!

7. Ok much better. Back on track...

8. Turn the piece over and trim off the extra fabric so that everything is even with the batting.

9. Take your elastic piece and align the raw edges to form a loop. Place the loop "Right side" down on the fabric, centered along one edge. Which side is the "Right Side" of the elastic is up to you. I like the shiny side to be on the outside when the product is finished. Make your choice and baste the elastic down.

10. Place the backing and front piece RS together, make sure the loop is tucked in between the two pieces.

11. Pin the backing and front together, leaving a gap to turn the cozy RS out. I used to mark the gap with extra pins but in my excitement to finish it nearly always sewed right through it. When I started teaching kids I would draw a squiggle where the gap needed to be. It almost always works and I've adopted it for my own projects. Draw a squiggle (or your preferred method of marking!) on one long side and don't sew through it. Sew around the piece with a quarter inch seam allowance.

12. Trim off all 4 corners, close to but not through, the line of stitching.

12. Turn the project RS out through the gap. It's bumpy and lumpy but poke out the corners carefully and give it a press and it will look nice and flat!

13. Topstitch around the cozy. I like to put the needle in the Right position (if your machine allows that) to achieve a narrow seam allowance. As you sew around the project you'll sew the gap closed.

You're nearly there! Read below to see how to finish up with a perfectly sewn button

How to Sew on a Shank Button

The key to finishing up this project is to sew on the button so the thread ends aren't visible. Nothing like spending all this time sewing a cozy to have little threads sticking out of the back.

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15. On the cozy end opposite the elastic, find the center of the piece and measure in 1.25" from the edge. Mark with a disappearing marker.

16. Thread your needle with a doubled strand of thread and knot the bottom. Slip the needle under the mark you made in th