How to Sew a Cup Cosy
We’re lucky enough to have Matt Chapple, winner of the 2015 Great British Sewing Bee, guest posting for us this week. He came up with this fab cup cosie – perfect for those chilly Autumn days! Take it away Matt…
This is my first time on the Hobbycraft blog, so I wanted to say a big Hello from me and the SewWhatsNew.co.uk team. I have a little question for you before we get started… Are we all ready for Christmas?
Don’t worry if your answer is an emphatic no, there’s still plenty of time to give a thoughtful gift.
How about sewing some of these super quick cup cosies for friends or loved ones. You could use a selection of contrasting fabrics from a Christmas fat quarter pack, to give everyone a unique gift.
Time to Make : One to two hours
Skill Level : Beginner
1. Measure the circumference of your cup at one quarter and again at three quarters of the way up the side. Transfer these measurements to a piece of paper along with the desired height. Don’t forget to add about five eights of an inch (15 mm) seam allowance. I added a bit of curve to mine as they are tapered, but you don’t have to.
2. Cut out two pieces of fabric according to your template, it can look great if you use two different fabrics.
3. Cut out one piece of wadding as per template. Trim about five eights of an inch (15 mm) off the bottom edge. Matching the top edges, pin the wadding to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces.
4. With a five eights of an inch (15 mm) seam allowance, straight stitch from one bottom corner up the side, along the long top edge and back down the other side. Pivoting at the corners.
5. Matching top and side edges, pin the two fabric pieces, right sides together.
6. Using a five eights of an inch (15 mm) seam allowance, straight stitch over the previous stitches, from the bottom corner up the side, along the long top edge and back down the other side. Back stitching or tying off at the beginning and end.
7. Trim back excess to about One quarter inch and clip the corners.
8. Turn through and push the corners out fully (a pencil or chopstick is ideal for this.)
9. With a low temperature iron press around the edges.
10. Turn the bottom, unsewn edge, to the inside, press and pin well.
11. As close as you can edge stitch the pressed bottom edge to close, tie off thread ends.
12. Stitch a button just in from one of the sides.
13. With the elastic create a loop and matching the ends to the edge of the cosy secure in place by stitching across a couple of times.
14. Turn the loop back over on itself, pin in place, and stitch across it again a couple of times to secure.
You can find out what else Matt and family Chapple are up to over on their Sew What’s New website. With some fun tips and tutorials from sewing to baking, we recommend a visit! Alternatively catch up with him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.