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Tutorial Tuesday: Coffee Cup Cosy with free pdf template

Today’s tutorial is a super easy, very quick one, which would make a perfect gift to that Starbucks addict you know (or, if you’re in the UK, the Cafe Nero addict!). This cosy doesn’t take much fabric, and you could easily use the template to make up a patchwork front if you have smaller scraps you’d like to use up.

You’ll need: a bit of exterior fabric, a bit of interior fabric, a bit of fusible fleece/wadding, a ponytail holder and a button. And your normal sewing kit, scissors, machine, etc.


So, the first thing you need is the free pdf template. Edited to add: You will have to create an account with box.net to get the pdf. They’re the only place I could find that would host the pdf for an unlimited amount of time for free. If you know of a better place, please leave me a comment!

***Before printing it, please read this:

  • In your print screen (that little gray box which pops up), under ‘page handling’, make sure it is set to NONE
  • Leave the Auto-Rotate box UNCHECKED
  • If in the UK, leave the Choose Paper Source box UNCHECKED
  • If in the US, the Choose Paper Source box shouldn’t matter.

I’m sorry it’s on two pages, but we worked on it for 2 hours Sunday and that’s the only way we could get the whole thing included. It’s complicated…ugh.

1. After you’ve cut your two template pieces out and taped them together, use the template to cut:

  • 1 of your exterior fabric
  • 1 of your interior fabric

Then trim the template down to the dotted line, and use that to cut:

  • 1 fusible fleece/wadding

2. Fuse the fleece/wadding to the back of the interior fabric.

3. Now take the two pieces RST and sew around both long sides and one short side, like this:


See where my fingers are? That side is left open.

4. Now trim the corners where you’ve stitched, and gently cut a few small ‘V’ shaped wedges into the long sides. Don’t snip the stitching! We’re just making it a little easier to turn!

5. Turn it RSO and iron into shape. Also, iron those raw edges in, like so:

6. Poke your elastic into that opening and pin it so it stays in place. (N.B. I used a thick ponytail holder because that was all I could find, and let me tell you it was a HUGE pain in the arse. The sewing machine struggled and I think I re-did the seam 4 times. So I recommend you use a smaller (skinnier) elastic band.)

7. Stitch that opening closed, and if you want, you can quilt the cosy too. I chose to do some parallel lines. Then simply stitch your button on and you’re done!


If you make one, I’d love for you to add it to the SewHappyGeek Flickr group!

Well, that’s all I got for today! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope you have a great week. 🙂

© J C Excell, 2011 You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

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20 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Coffee Cup Cosy with free pdf template

  1. I’d love to make one but the pattern isn’t letting me open it. It wants me to sign into box.net. is anyone else having this problem?

  2. What about Google Docs? I’m not sure how long you can leave it there tho- and I’ve never used it before but my work uses that to post stuff for everyone to look at, spreadsheets and such. I think this is so cute! However, I don’t drink coffee.. But I looked at it and thought, that would be a cute bracelet/cuff… Probably wouldn’t make it curved like that tho..

  3. I’ve been looking a tutorial on these,… Thank you very much!!! I wanted to make a few for gifts. I can’t wait to get started on them. 😀

  4. I loved your cosy so much I featured it on this week’s Ten Buck Tuesday! You can email me at youngnester(at)gmail(dot)com to get the “I’ve been featured at Young Nester” button code! Have a great week 🙂

  5. sew cute! Perfect for cup of hot choc if you don’t drink coffee!
    Was wondering about the measurements as i couldn’t get into the pdf too.

  6. Sorry. Couldn’t get the template to print. Tried several different ways. Would never print for me. Too bad. It’s so cute and I was really looking forward to making a few as gifts.

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