Monday, February 7, 2011

Tutorial: Coaster Cozy

Hello Friends!

Here is my FIRST ever tutorial! I'm going to show you how to make a "Coaster Cozy". "Let me 'splain...No, it will take too long. Let me sum up..." {{{Movie anyone??}}} Greg and I have these really beautiful cups, but the problem is the bottoms are really rounded which makes setting them on uneven surfaces really precarious. Therefore, most of the nice looking coasters with pretty designs etc. won't work :( As an alternative we have been using those cardboard coasters you get at restaurants and pubs. They work great with the only downside being, they aren't very pretty to look at. SO I decided to make a little slip cover to put them in! Ok, here we go!

You will need:

Cardboard coasters
Fabric {I am using a boring natural linen for this tutorial, obviously it would be more fun to use                              prettier or patterned fabrics also}
Sewing Machine {Although you COULD sew them by hand if you wanted}

{{{Two precursors: #1 Woven fabric, as I discovered here, doesn't work as well as knit for this project. #2 Instead of cutting two squares and sewing them together, I cut a rectangle and folded it in half, resulting in one less seam to sew.}}}

Step 1: Measure your coaster!

Step 2: Cut material {remember I am cutting mine double long to eliminate 1 seam}. Be sure you leave a 1/4" allowance for the two top edges and the sides!
I used a triangle to get precise corners

Then I used my ruler and rotary cutter to cut edges
Step 3: Fold the two short sides over 1/4" and press.

This is what it should look like when you are done

Step 4: Sew two short edges {These will be the open end of the cozy} with a zig-zag stitch to hold them in place.

This is what the short ends should look like

Step 5: Next your going to fold your rectangle in half with wrong sides together to make a square. {Putting the two short edges you just sewed together.} Pin the sides to hold them in place.
Here is on of my sides pinned

Step 6: Sew along the sides ONLY! The bottom {the folded end} and the top {the zig-zag ends} do not need to be sewn.

Now your fabric should look like this. With the bottom simply folded, the sides sewn shut, and the top open. {{{Just as a note, My sides were too wide so I had to trim that excess by the straight seam off.}}}

Step 7: When both sides are sewn shut, turn your cozy right side out. {Those strips you see in the background are the excess I had to trim off the sides.}

Step 8: Once you've got your cozy right side out, use a blunt but pointy tool to push the corners square. I used my Martha Stewart tool. And then lastly, press your edges so you have nice crisp seams and insert your coaster!
Corners pushed square

Seams pressed

Coaster inserted!

The coaster should fit perfectly inside your cozy with no excess fabric at the opening, but enough to conceal the cardboard coaster.

A nice flat surface for all cups!!

If you want to get a bit fancier, you could measure a bit extra on the sides and bottom and add stitching all the way around your cozy like the one on the left:

Well I hope that was fun and helpful for everyone! If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from all of you!


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