This little guy is so cute! And totally necessary.
Seriously, your mug is going to be so cozy!
I'm not sure where the inspiration behind this particular craft came from. I think it was created out of a frantic, last minute need to get Christmas gifts done last year. Nevertheless they are one of my favorite dude gifts and they're pretty darn easy to make!
First, print your pattern!
Next, you'll need:
Mug (about 10" in diameter)
Velcro (use non sticky!)
Needle and Thread
I might have forgotten to put a few of these items in my "supplies" picture...
Next you'll want to cut out your pattern and pin it to your felt. Layer your fabric; you'll be cutting out two main body rectangles, one of each color and two smaller tab rectangles, one of each color. You only need one 'stache though, I make mine in the darker lining color.
Then pin your pieces to your mug to make sure that they're the right size!
Now, you'll want to sew your Velcro onto your little tab. Layer your two tab pieces of fabric on top of each other and place the Velcro on the Wrong Side of the fabric, the "lining" if you will. I like to use an X shape and then a little box around it. Then run a stitch all the way around the outside edge of the tab using a 1/4" seam allowance. Use your sharp scissors to trim off the excess fabric.
I know, it's kind of a mess. But you get the idea.
Next you'll want to grab the body piece of your pattern; the large rectangles, and layer them on top of each other, Right Side facing up. Place your 'stache on top and stitch through all layers. You could always go ahead and add a layer of interfacing here if you want to make your cozy a little more indestructible, but it's not really necessary. (PS I often do this part by hand because I think it looks extra cute with little hand stitches!)
When your mustache is appropriately situated, it's time to stitch around the outer edge of the main body pieces, just like you did with the tab portion. Sew 1/4" from the edge and trim it up afterwards!
We're almost done!
Now! Try your cozy on your mug and pin it! This way you'll know where to affix the other piece of Velcro for the perfect fit!
Sew your other piece of Velcro to the edge of the mug cozy using the same X in a box technique (very technical) as before. Then attach the other end of your tab to the opposite edge of the body portion.
Then trim up your edges and any stray threads and you're done!
These make super cute Christmas gifts, and if you're anything like me, you're already planning and plotting your gifts for December.
So go forth! Get out your crafty supplies and make some super fun, super inexpensive gifts!
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