Make your very own cross stitch mug cosy following these 5 easy steps below.
Plus you can download the Coffee and Cake cross stitch pattern I used for this mug cosy for free! Just click here to download it and start stitching today. (Please note, the pattern shows the completed design framed in a hoop, but it also works for this tutorial).
You will need
- A piece of 14 count aida (in a colour of your choice, but white works best for your pattern)
- A piece of felt (again in a colour of your choice. Cloud Craft sell lovely, 100% wool felt)
- Embroidery thread (I recommend the brand DMC and these are the colours I use in your free pattern)
- A size 24 tapestry needle
- A sewing machine (optional)
- A button
- Scissors (why not check out our range of embroidery scissors?)
- Your favourite mug!
Step 1: Get your materials ready
Gather all the supplies and materials you need.
I recommend cutting your felt to measure approximately 12 inches long, but if you have a particular mug you want to use, you can measure around it to ensure it fits. If your piece of felt isn't long enough you can cut 2 strips and sew them together (this is what I did).
The height needs to be at least 2.75 inches if you are using the free pattern, but if you are using your own pattern, make sure the felt is a similar height to it.
Your aida needs to be big enough to fit your pattern on, plus extra for a seam allowance. If you use the free pattern, 7 inches x 3.5 inches is perfect.
Step 2: Stitch your design
Now the fun part of stitching your design! The great thing about a mug cosy is that the cross stitch pattern only needs to be small, so it shouldn't take you too long to stitch it.
Once you have stitched it, fold over your edges so it is the same height as your felt, and half the length. If you have used the free pattern this is approx 0.5 inches.
Step 3: Attach the design to your felt
You can stitch your aida onto your felt by hand or with a sewing machine.
To do it by hand, tuck in your seam allowance, line up your aida in the middle of your felt and use a running stitch to attach it on. It will be nice and easy to get a straight line because the holes of the aida will guide you.
If you use a sewing machine you just need to tuck in the seam allowance, line them up and use a straight stitch all the way around your design.
Step 4: Add a button
Stitch on your button about half an inch in from the edge of your felt.
Then snip a button hole about half an inch in from the other edge. You can line it up before you cut the hole to check it.
You can also measure around your mug before snipping the hole to make sure it will fit around it. If your felt is a little long, you can make the hole come in a bit further from the edge and cut off any excess felt.
Step 5: Wrap it around your favourite mug
Now you can use it! It will keep your drinks warmer for longer, and add a touch of personality to your favourite mug.
You can also use my "Sunshine and Cocktails" pattern, which you can download on Etsy, for a fun and bright hip flask wrap using the same instructions above.
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