Tina Made a Coffee Cozy

Note: This post is equivalent to a #waylatergram on IG.

Something in me screams “IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!” when August hits. Mostly in a panicked way, because Christmas shopping ranks in my Top 3 first-world-problem-stressors, and there’s only ONE QUARTER of the year left to figure this all out. One quarter!! Extra stress points go to thinking of co-worker gifts. I guess I don’t have co-workers anymore -_-, but since I used to work at a school, there were always tons of people I wanted to give a little something to, and seemingly not enough money/time/creativity to go around to make it happen. So last year, I got a head start on co-worker gifts… and when I say head start, I mean… ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE.

Yup.

My friend and I got together at the end of 2011 (!) to try a reusable coffee cozy tutorial (which I can no longer find online…………..boo) to make these:

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Okay, well, not exactly that one. At first we made a ton with printed cotton fabrics and oversized buttons, but we quickly discovered that cotton burlap + wooden buttons (leaves and hearts) was the way to go…. i.e. the cutest.

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After our experimental session, I went home and made 20 more. It was like a one-woman sweatshop with tons of under the breath cursing, burning eyeballs, and picking thread off my carpet. I collected Starbucks tall coffee cups all year (i.e. 2012), minus the holiday season, when the cups are red and Christmas-y, which I assumed would make the final presentation look a little less clean. Let me just say that some Starbucks stores are extremely paranoid and stingy about their cups. One barista wrote “FREE CUP” in huge letters with a Sharpie before she gave it to me…. LEST I BREW MY OWN COFFEE AND SELL IT IN THEIR ONE CUP? Ridiculous, and a waste of a cup.

Moving on.

The cup served as instant packaging, and inside, I stuffed some red tissue paper, a Starbucks gift card, and a bag of chocolate covered almonds. Then I safety pinned a homemade tag to the cozy, wrapped the entire cup in clear cellophane, and tied it off with some red polka dotted grosgrain ribbon. Done and done.

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I’m sad I can’t find the original tutorial I used, but here are few that are pretty similar:

Practically Functional
Wait til Your Father Gets Home

These tutorials (as well as many others found online) seem to use felt, but I feel like using fabric + fusible interfacing (like I did) would be a bit more durable and washing-machine friendly.

What is fusible interfacing? Basically a non-woven fabric that adds stiffness/thickness to fabrics. One side is coated with a dry glue. When heat is applied (through an iron), it melts and adheres to the fabric that needs stiffening. Good for a coffee cozy because it provides some extra insulation as well. 🙂

Whew.

Only 4 months left ’til Christmas. I’m already behind. 😉

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Tina Made Bunting

Seriously guys. When I saw this gold polka dot burlap at Joann’s, I just about fainted. How cute is this?!? It was begging to be made into bunting.

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Materials:

  • burlap
  • twine
  • felt
  • fabric
  • hot glue gun
  • tacky glue
  • pinking shears
  • scissors

1) Cut your twine to the length of where you will be hanging your bunting, making sure to leave leeway at each end (if you want loose ends hanging). Make sure your twine isn’t stretched completely taut (unless you want completely horizontal bunting with no curvature, in which case, ignore me).

2) Cut your burlap into flags of the shape of your choice. I obviously chose rectangles– about 5.5″x 4.5″. Cut as many as you need to fill up the length of your twine, leaving a small amount of space between each flag. You can eyeball the spacing; mine was about 5/8″ between each flag.

3) Fold the top edge of each flag over the twine (~1/2 inch of burlap) and hot glue into place. Repeat for each flag. If you don’t want to use hot glue, weaving an embroidery needle + baker’s twine (in place of the thicker twine) through the top of each flag would work as well.

4) Using your pinking shears, cut out a heart from a piece of fabric of your choice. Tacky glue your heart to a piece of felt, then cut along the border of your fabric heart with regular scissors, leaving about 1/2″ border of felt. Glue your felt-fabric heart to the middle of a flag. Repeat for as many flags as you wish.

That’s it! Easy-peasy! I hung my bunting (just 4 flags across with a heart on the second flag) on the top of a small bookshelf.