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How to use up fabric scraps – coffee cup cosy

Crafter's Companion – 12/04/19

Scraps – you either love them or you hate them! Here at Crafter’s Companion, we see scraps as a potential for brand new projects, so in this series, we challenged our design team to create ten projects to help you use up scraps. There are some that are perfect for beginners and others that are a little more advanced, so stay tuned!

The first project is from Anita Barker, who has put together a coffee cup cosy. There’s nothing worse than taking a hot drink our for a chilly winter walk, only for it to be stone cold within minutes, so create this cosy to keep your drinks toasty!

You will need:

  • Template download
  • Two 15 x 30cm (6 x 12″) pieces of contrasting patterned fabric
  • 15 x 30cm (6 x 12″) Threaders fusible fleece
  • Button
  • 0.3cm (1/8″) wide elastic measuring 7.6cm (3″) long
  • Threaders erasable fabric pen
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Sewing machine
  • Computer and printer
  • Iron

Step 1

Download the template stated in the materials list and cut it out. Fold one piece of fabric in half and place the template on top, aligning the marked straight edge with the folded edge of fabric.

Step 2

Trace around the template on to fabric using an erasable fabric pen. Cut out and repeat for the remaining fabric and fleece.

Step 3

Attach the fleece to the main fabric, fold the elastic in half to create a loop and pin it to the centre of one straight edge, raw edges together.

Step 4

Place the lining fabric right side down on top of the fabric, aligning the raw edges, and pin. Using a 0.6cm (1/4″) seam allowance, sew all of the layers together around the edges, leaving a 5cm (2″) gap for turning, and backstitch over the elastic several times to secure.

Step 5

Clip the corners and turn it right side out through the gap, pushing out the corners. Turn under the raw edges at 0.6cm (1/4″).

Step 6

Top stitch around all the sides of the cosy, closing the opening near the outside edges. Stitch a button in place on the opposite side to the elastic loop, centred vertically.

This is such a simple, but useful project, so we’d love to see you all having a go! Share a photo of your finished coffee cup cosy with us on our Sew Inspiring with Crafter’s Companion Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanionsews), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!