Mug Rugs & Coffee Cozies

Coffee Cozies

Coffee Cozies

I spent part of my day today stitching up some coffee cozies that will be Christmas gifts for teachers and all the others (hairdresser, aesthetician, vet) that I gift to.  I am always trying to find inexpensive gifts to give, as my list is fairly long for people I like to say a special ‘thank you’ to.  In years past I’ve made cookies (everyone does that, don’t they?), I’ve made chocolates (didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped), gave gift certificates (seems a bit impersonal), and made tote bags (a bit time consuming and too much fabric used).

This year a dear friend of mine gave me this idea!

This friend has made these coffee cozies for a couple of years and she sells them to “friends” on Facebook.  Isn’t it cute?

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So, after I bought this one from my dear friend, I decided I should make some for Christmas, wrap it around a re-usable Starbucks cup and stick a gift card inside.  Perfect for the morning commuters, no?

I stitched up 10 of these little cuties today.  Here are some that I made….

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This one reminds me of a little red party dress!  So pretty!

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And just ‘cuz I liked the fabric combo so much!

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This one has a brown liner with pink breast cancer ribbon motif.  I used batik to create a ruffle, the picture doesn’t do it justice.  It has a few metal bead embellishments too!  Hot pink and fancy!

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This is my “guy” version, although I think it may be one of my favourites!  My hubby even said he might use this.  I doubt it though, he’d lose it in his trucks’ console.

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Another pink and brown one!

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Reversible blue/green one!

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Blue ones with coffee cups on them!  Too funny!

Some I made two of, others are one-of-a-kind.  It was nice to have some small things to work on.  After all the quilting of the king sized quilt for my Soul Sister, I needed a bit of a distraction (and a finish).

I also whipped up a mug rug…

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It’s the same one but I made it reversible.  I think I actually like the grey side (left) better.  I used Winter’s Lane by Moda and fussy cut a poinsettia for the applique from some other Christmas fabric I have.  I just did some simple diagonal straight line quilting because I wanted the fabric to stand out.  I’m a bit disappointed in the Winter’s Lane panel though, the greeting card squares are not ‘squared’.  I know they are supposed to be rectangular but the sides and corners are all wonky.  I’m not sure if it’s a print error or if it was deformed off the bolt.  I bought the last one and it was hanging on display so maybe it got wonky that way.  I think when I use the others, I’ll have to cut the borders off to prevent the wonky line showing.  Other than the Winter’s Lane fabric, all the items above were made from my scraps!  I had so much fun rooting through my bins finding things that would co-ordinate.  I still have about 15 more cozies to make and I may just keep going, I have plans on selling them in my office leading up to Christmas.  I also have lots of mug rugs and table toppers to make, so I best be revving it up a bit.

I’ll be linking withKelly at both WiP Wednesday, and Needle and Thread Thursday as she guest hosts WiP.  I’ll also link with the Needle and Thread Network, Finish it up Friday, TGIFF, and Link a Finish Friday.

I know my finishes are small but to me, they are MIGHTY!

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16 Responses to Mug Rugs & Coffee Cozies

  1. Kristin says:

    What a wonderful idea and they are so cute as well! Very nice work. I am sure everyone will love them.

  2. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you, they were fun to make!

  3. smosselman says:

    woah lady! you got your sew on! they look amazing!!!!! and you’ve given me some new design ideas:) ppl will love them.

  4. Paula says:

    The coffee cozies and mug rugs are on my to-do list for a few people also. All are cute, but I like your “guy” cozie the best (I’m not really a girly girl kind of gal).
    🙂

  5. Rita Ferber says:

    I know what you mean! I think it would be the one I would actually use the most! I’m planning on more ‘guy’ versions. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! It’s all because of you!

  7. Kate says:

    Love those coffee cozies and they’ll make such a delightful gift!

  8. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! They are fun to make too!

  9. These are just too cute! Anyone will be thrilled to receive them!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  10. Rita Ferber says:

    Thanks for always hosting such a great link-up!

  11. Karen Schulz says:

    visiting from crazy mum quilts. They are amazing – love the frills

  12. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! The frilly ones are very ‘girly’

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love your cozies! What a fab gift idea. Thank you for linking up with Making Christmas. Have you got a list?

  14. Rita Ferber says:

    Thank you! Yes, I’ve started a list but each time I look it over I add another person (ie. paper delivery man, staff at dojo). Good thing these gifts are cheap!

  15. Rita Ferber says:

    Christmas to do list will come today… Sorry, I misunderstood.

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