So, fall is in full swing and like everyone else out there, I’m making my hot coffee and chai tea lattes (okay, buying them) as much as possible. I found some wool scraps in my sewing room and decided to make a mug warmer to go with all my highly caffeinated drinks. Here’s a tutorial, so you can make one too!
- 2 pieces of fabric cut to 10.5 inches by 3 inches – one for the front of your warmer and one for the back
- 2 mini hair elastics
- 1 piece of fusible fleece interfacing cut to 10.5 inches by 3 inches
- 2 coordinating buttons
Step 1: Cut your fabrics and interfacing to the correct size. I started with 2 rectangles that were 10.5 inches by 3 inches.
Step 3: Place your fabrics right sides together with the hair elastics sandwiched between them as shown. Position the hair elastics about 3/4 inch from the top and bottom edges of the fabric, so they will not get caught in the seam allowance. To keep the elastics from shifting, you can baste them in place about 1/4 inch from the side of your fabric. Pin all three layers together around the edges.
Step 4: Sew (with right sides together) around all edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance, but be sure to leave an opening to turn the fabric right side out. Turn the warmer right side out and press the seam allowances flat at the opening.
Step 6: Sew your buttons onto the end of the warmer without the elastic. Be sure to get them close to the edge, so your elastic will not have to stretch very far.
Now go enjoy a cup a coffee with your fancy new mug warmer!