Friday, 12 June 2015

Super-quick Father's Day Coffee Cozy Craft

felt coffee cozy
When your little one has the attention span of a goldfish and you want to do a craft, you have to be fast.  Today's felt coffee cup cozy craft (say that five times fast!) takes no time at all, and your toddler can do most of it independently!  It's totally customizable, and you can make it as complicated or as simple as you like.  I let my almost 3-year-old do whatever she wanted with scissors, felt, and glue, and you can see the results.  I can't say she has the most amazing colour aesthetic, but she had fun, and it's a practical gift that won't clutter up a desk.

felt coffee cozy

Materials:
  • felt
  • scissors
  • fabric or other strong craft glue (or even hot glue if you want to do the gluing)
felt coffee cozy
Method:
  1. Cut out a long rectangle for the base of the cozy.  Mine measured 8 cm x 23 cm (this measurement will change depending on the size of the mug you want the cozy to fit).
  2. Let your little one cut out shapes out of felt. 
    felt coffee cozy
  3. Put some glue out on a plate, or let your child squeeze glue onto the felt shapes and adhere to the base.
    felt coffee cozy

    felt coffee cozy
  4. Grab your cold coffee and throw your feet up here.  You get a 5-minute break while your child cuts and pastes!
  5. Once all the shapes have been stuck down, glue the ends of the base together to form a loop.  You can wrap the cozy around your mug so you know what size to make it.
    felt coffee cozy

    felt coffee cozy

Tip!  If you want your cozy to be somewhat colour-coordinated, limit the colours of felt you put out.


felt coffee cozy

felt coffee cozy

Okay, and because I just can't leave some things alone, I decided I wanted to make my own cup cozy.  It's the same idea as the one above, but I drew and cut out templates from paper first and then cut them out of felt.  I also decided I'd blanket-stitch the shapes at 1 am because I'm crazy for crafts.  And alliteration, apparently.  It's a problem.  But it was worth it!  I love blanket stitching!  Check out this link if you want to learn how to blanket stitch.

felt coffee cozy
Tip!  To get nice lettering, you can print out the words in the font you want and use the paper as your template.

felt coffee cozy
Are you planning on buying or making your Father's Day gift? Get started this weekend so you have plenty of time to prepare! :)

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