Felt Mug Cozy

My Grandma Anne informed me that I “drink coffee like a mother”.  Translation: I pour myself a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, take a few sips, set it down, pick it up an hour later, sip, set it down…and on and on until I am still sipping at cold coffee after dinner.  Any one else drink coffee that way?  And, although I don’t mind drinking cold coffee (gotten pretty used to it!), here is a little project I recently finished that just might help to keep my coffee warmer a little longer.

As usual I made this with felt.  It’s simple, easy and cute.  I embellished mine with a bird motif.  Here’s how it came together:


  • Felt
  • Embroidery Thread and Needle
  • Scissors
Step 1: Cut out two pieces of felt that will wrap around the base of a mug.  It is important you are creating this with a mug in mind, and it is easier if the mug is “square”, meaning it doesn’t get narrower at the base.  Trim the felt strips to allow it to fit around the handle.  Also, don’t get too close to the top of the mug with the felt, as this will get dirty when used.

Step 2: Add a branch to the top felt piece.  I used a back stitch.

Step 3: Cut out birds.  I like how it looks with separate pieces for the wings.

Step 4: Applique on the birds.  I did this using a small running stitch in matching thread so that the stitches were nearly “invisible”.

Step 5: Once birds are in place, blanket stitch the lining to the front piece.  The blanket stitch goes all the way around.

Step 6: Add a button.  Stitch on a button to the top untrimmed corner.  Then cut a hole in the opposite top corner.  No need to stitch around the button hole–because your working with felt!

And finally, bring on the cold water and snuggle up with your new mug cozy!
I hope your Tuesdays have gotten off to a wonderful start!

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  1. Wow!! Really great tutorial! And the outcome is just.. wow!!
    Have a nice evening!!

  2. this is really cute, I love the birds! I love the colors as well. I do the same thing btw, I am always leaving my cup of coffee or tea around the house and my kids are always teasing me about it lol

  3. Amy CookingAdventures says:

    So cute! I have a zillion sewing projects backed up, but this one is adding to the pile!

  4. Paula Parrish says:

    I love your coffee cozy, it is super cute. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. ;o)

  5. This is such a cute idea! And no more burnt hands:) Thanks so much for sharing on DIY Dreamer.


  6. Love! Love! It turn out so adorable!

  7. This is awesome! You are one talented girl!!

  8. That is just adorable! What a cute idea, and those birds just make the whole thing. Love! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays, girl!

  9. I love this! What a perfect holiday gift, I’m bookmarking this! And, yes, I drink coffee that way too, at least I did when Lily was a baby. Now I finish it by lunch time 😉

    I love your cute little baby feet picture! Made me go “awwwww!”

    Found you via Shine on Fridays, now following 🙂


    P.S. Having a hop at my blog too, love for you to join!

  10. Saw your link on Happy Go Lucky and love this little felt coffee cozy. I really don’t need it to keep my coffee warm, I usually can suck down 3 cups over a 45 minute time frame but I do think it would feel very nice against my hands. 🙂 Pinning for future crafting.

  11. Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters says:

    I love the birds!!!!

    T’onna @ http://www.navywifeypeters.blogspot.com

  12. The little birds are so cute! Wonderful use of felt. 🙂

  13. this is wonderful! how great your coffee or tea must taste from such a cute cup! 🙂

  14. This is just adorable! Pinning and featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  15. Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com says:

    Great project! I’d love for you to link this up at my Felt Food Roundup on OneCreativeMommy.com. I hope to see you there!

    (I have a category for non-food felt projects.)

  16. lisbonlioness says:

    It’s adorable!! I love everything about it, from the colours over the itty bitty branch to the sweet birds. I’ll have to get my felt out <3

  17. Made me want to grab a cuppa!!! Neatly done. I love the simplicity of it… Linked back to it here. http://simplicity-and-ease.blogspot.in/2014/02/felt-mug-cosy.html

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