This week, I decided to share a quick and easy tutorial for a coffee press cozy (or is it coozie?). Either way, it helps keep the coffee warm while it's in a coffee press.
I used a few different patterns from Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To book and put it on this panel of fabric a while back and knew I wanted it to be a feature piece somewhere in my kitchen, but just didn't know what to turn it into. One day, when I was particularly bummed that my coffee hadn't stayed warm long enough, I decided it should become a coffee press cozy.
One of my friends taught me how to make a reusable coffee sleeve for cups from a coffee shop so we decrease the use of cardboard sleeves. I used the same process on a larger scale for the coffee press cozy. This will require the use of a sewing machine, but it's only to stitch the fabric together and add a finishing stitch along the outside.
If you are a serial crafter like me, you might already have these things in your supply closet, but if not, here's what you need to get started:
-Embroidered panel of your choice, 1 back panel, 1 piece of batting, and 2 pieces of heat resistant fabric cut to 15 x 5.5 inches
- 1/8" braided Elastic cut into two 6 inch long pieces
-Thread in color of your choice
Note: Heat resistant fabric is also called ironing board fabric. You can eliminate the heat resistant fabric if you have interfacing/batting intended specifically for lunchboxes or potholders.
Step 1: Cut all the fabric and batting, if you haven't already, to 15 by 5.5 inches.
Step 2: Begin layering the fabric so that you can run it through the sewing machine. Start with a piece of the heat resistant fabric, then place the main panel face up. Fold the pieces of elastic in half and place them on one shorter end of the cozy. I placed them 2 inches away from the top and bottom. Continue layering the fabric over this with the back panel face down, a piece of heat resistant fabric, and the batting.
Step 3: Stitch around the entire piece and through each layer, making sure to leave an opening around 2 inches big, so you can flip it. I used a 1/4" seam allowance, although, my batting got a little crooked as I stitched it. Clip the corners and flip.
Step 4: After you flip the entire piece, stitch along the edge. This will seal the opening that you used to flip it.
Step 5: Place your buttons on the side opposite to that of the elastic. Stitch them in place.
Step 6: Wrap your coffee press and enjoy warm coffee for a bit longer.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. It's pretty quick to put together and really does help keep the coffee warm.
Happy coffee time!