Why are cozies so popular? Because they protect your hands from the heat of the cup while also keeping your favorite brew sheltered a bit from cold winter mornings. They also jazz up your favorite, but tired and worn out mug.
If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas…these are the ticket! Fill a wrapped ceramic mug with a pack of gourmet coffee beans, homemade flavored grounds/creamer or even a gift card to your friend’s favorite coffeehouse!
Ideas for tea or hot cocoa lovers: Pack with blends of loose tea (or bags), homemade flavored sugar, cinnamon sticks, mini-marshmallows, bags of cocoa.
Are you interested in learning how to make a custom sleeve? Whatever size you want (travel size, regular mug, tall tumbler) and however you want to make it (sewn, knit, crochet, craft, paper), this list has you covered! I’ve organized them all into specific groups for easier browsing.
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Have fun…this is a whopper of a list with loads of creative ideas (updated in 2020)!
Heart Felt: Some hand stitching is involved (very minimal & basic), free pdf template available to download.
Quilted: This design fits best on mugs are uniformly sized or slightly narrower at the top. Printed pattern available.
Sassy: Cute! Sizes are suitable for both travel mugs and regular coffee cups. Embroidery is optional (includes tips).
Narrow Ends: This design has narrow ends that meet at the handle and then closed with an elastic hair tie.
Decorative Button: Two pieces of fabric are cut w/batting. Button can be decorative (though you could include a hole if you like). Perfect for beginner sewers!
Fancy: Hook & loop tape closure, felt scraps, embroidery thread, wee appliques, whipstitch, French knots and other stitchery goodness.
Ponytail Closure: Another button/loop closure, simple quilting with lines running across the band.
w/Contrasting Binding: Great little touch for adding a decorative binding around the edges, so simple! A Scribed account is needed for template download but right clicking on image to save to desktop works too (adjust scale when printing).
Lacy Aran: A great design to practice your lace skills and make gifts at the same time.
Kureyon: Work on DPNs, fits a 16 oz. coffee cup. Pattern repeat: 8 rows.
Seed Stitches & Diamonds: What a lovely way to incorporate old vintage bits! Look carefully at the page where the instructions stop, you’ll see a “See Next” button. Click that to view the rest of the directions.
Slingshot: Just slip it into the lower part of the carrier and off you go.
Basketweave: Made to fit around a Starbucks cup (they all should be the same size in diameter). Works up pretty thick so use a thinner worsted weight yarn.
Band: Once assembled measures about 4 3/4″ across and 2 1/4″ wide. Do more rows of SC around the edges if you want it larger or make it with a larger hook.
Caddy: There’s a little pocket on the side to hold your favorite teabag. Skill level: Easy.
Mug Tie: Intentionally designed with beginners in mind, learn to work in rows without the worry of project ending in hopelessly crooked rows.
Double-Looped: Beginner friendly, chain stitch, DC and SC are all that’s needed for this cutie.
Plain No More!: Pretty simple, you can get four cozies out of 50g cotton worsted weight yarn. Size 8 needles; Stitches: ch, sc, hdc, dc.
Granny Square: I love this! Two squares are made then joined in sc along one edge. Trim in sc. Three bands along the handle to connect.
Tunisian: Want to learn Tunisian Crochet? This fun and easy pattern made with bulky yarn is a great place to start!
Diagonal Rows: These whip up fast and work great on most cans too. Work entire project in back loops only to create ribbed effect.
Striped: Worked in repeating groups of two rows, alternating colors. You do not need to cut the tails as you go; carry it up to the next time you use it. The edging will hide the carried yarn.
Tubular: Small and quick, excellent choice for beginners.
Adjustable: Three colors of worsted weight, solid band with two buttons in different positions to accommodate sizing.
Cuff: Simple but lovely, made with fingering weight yarn and two wooden buttons.
Granny Band: Choose different colors for each round or alternate a striping design.
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