A little time, a little fabric and you can sew cozy wonders to warm your Winter life! These five lovely projects are easy enough for beginners and delightful ways to use bits and pieces of fabric from your stash. Don’t make just one, though. They all make warm and welcome gifts, too!
If you’re just beginning to sew or helping a friend to learn, a Tissue Cozy is the perfect starting project. Christine of the DIY Dreamer blog is a sewing newbie who designed two different versions of this handy keeper for you. Christine’s list of supplies, hints for assembly and step-by-step instructions are great! Whether you decide on the lined or unlined version, you’ll have fun choosing fabrics and quickly stitching these cozies. Click here for the Tissue Cozy tutorial.
Vanessa, AKA The Crafty Gemini, always has cool crafty ideas and her Fleece Mug Cozy is fabulous. You’ll need just a few supplies and the design possibilities are endless. Choose a decorative fleece or embellish and stitch your own design. Coats Trilobal Machine Embroidery Thread is perfect for creating a simple all over design or using your embroidery machine to personalize your Mug Cozy! You’ll find a link to supplies in the notes on Vanessa’s delightful YouTube video. Grab your phone, tablet or laptop, head for the sewing machine and you can stitch right along with The Crafty Gemini! Click here for the Mug Cozy video tutorial.
There’s nothing better to warm a winter day than a cup of steaming tea! Your faithful teapot deserves it’s own cozy and I found a beautiful one on the Simple. Handmade. Everyday. blog. Kristin made good use of cotton scraps and a little length of linen for this lovely cozy. Use any combination of fabrics you love or opt for a single fabric version. Follow Kristin’s easy, image-illustrated steps for creating a cozy customized to your teapot! You’ll love the way Kristin used insulated batting for extra heat retention. This cozy isn’t just another pretty face, it’s a hard-working helper! The Tea Cozy is machine quilted, so be sure to pick up coordinating Coats Quilt+ Machine Quilting Thread. Kristin’s quilting is simple, but a bit of meandering free motion would be wonderful, too! Click here for the Tea Cozy tutorial.
Soup Bowl Cozy
Aren’t these fun?! Lindsay of the Happy Hour Stitches blog designed these adorable Soup Bowl Cozies to keep your bowl extra warm on a cold Winter day. Lined with batting, Soup Bowl Cozies will keep your hands protected as you warm your insides with chili, soup or oatmeal. If you’d like to use these as bowl holders in the microwave, be sure to choose all cotton materials. Construction is easy and you’ll have fun choosing a machine quilted design to use. Lindsay includes great step by step images and instructions. Just assemble two layers, attach together and turn. To make it even easier, Lindsay includes a downloadable PDF along with six additional ideas for using your Soup Bowl Cozies. You’ll have a lovely stack done in no time! Click here for the Soup Bowl Cozy tutorial.
Bed, Neck and Lap Cozies
Our ancestors knew the value of a bedwarmer – let’s follow their example and make our own! The Sew4Home blog featured these snuggly Microwave Heating Pads that are quick, easy and oh-so-wonderful. Choose any fabric you find warm and appealing and follow the simple directions for a rice filled, heatable pad. The ticking used in the example is wonderful, but a bright and cheery Free Spirit Fabrics print would be gorgeous. All cotton is not required as these pads are designed to be in the microwave for a very short time. Do stay away from metallic, though! I love all the options offered in this tutorial. There are two sizes of pads, suggestions for various fillers and tips on adding essential oils or herbs for am aromatherapy-style, cozy warm-up. Click here for the Heating Pad tutorial.
Go forth and sew and be ye warmed and cozy!