Red Cup Red Cozy

When the red cup makes its appearance at Starbucks, I feel immediately happy. How can you not?

I decided I wanted to finally tackle making my very own reusable coffee cup cozy.  I know these have been around for a long time, and I'm surprisingly slow to jump on the reusable bandwagon when it comes to these things.  But, I've jumped on the bandwagon and that's all that counts, right?

This project was a great excuse to go check out the brand new Disney World  JoAnn's Fabrics that just opened!  I couldn't take the anticipation any longer so I stopped by there to do a little "blog research".

I wanted to keep the fun, holiday feeling with my cozy - where's the joy in the Starbucks red cup if you cover it up with something boring and un holiday-esque?

I grabbed some pretty red fabric, some white for the lining and just knew this sparkly black button was the perfect addition.  I may or may not have thrown some other things into my cart while I was there.  But I digress...

Follow along for the how to - or see House on Hill Road if you want WAY better directions than I can give.  The original inspiration for this project was from Strictly Homemade.

Things You'll Need:
- External fabric - 6" x 14"
- Internal fabric - 6" x 14"
- Fusible batting/fleece - 6" x 14"
- hair elastic
- button
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
- iron

Start by cutting out your 2 fabrics and fusible fleece - you can use the pattern that I linked to above, or you can wing it.  Then place your external fabric wrong side down on the fusible fleece and iron so the 2 adhere together.  Pinch your hair elastic in the middle, leaving about a 1 inch loop facing the center of the fabric.  Sew onto the EXTERNAL piece of fabric with the right side up.  I know this is totally counter intuitive and if you're like me, you'll spend 47 hours trying to understand why.  Or, if you're smarter than me you'll just get it and it won't be a big deal.

Sew over the elastic several times to secure.  Then pin the internal fabric with the wrong side facing the exterior fabric's right side.  Confused yet?  Sorry, tutorials aren't my thing!  When you sew the seam allowance, you'll want a 3 inch gap unsewn so you can turn it inside out - see above picture for how I marked where to start and stop sewing.

Once you have sewn around the cozy, turn inside out, and poke out the corners with a pencil or your finger or whatever works.  Now you can fold in the 3 inch opening and top stitch around the entire cozy.

Mark where you want your button, and sew the button on.  Wrap cozy around delicious Peppermint Mocha, and enjoy.

 Think of how many people would love to get this as a cute little gift.  Maybe add a gift card to their favorite coffee shop - love it!