upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

Today’s project is an upcycled coffee cozy. It’s upcycled because I used the embroidered part of a thrifted sweatshirt to make the cozy. I’ve been using the $1 reusable coffee cup from Starbucks lately. After I drink my coffee in the morning, I switch to tea, so I’ve been carrying this cup around with me everywhere. It’s nice to have a reusable cozy to go with the reusable cup.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

Here’s the sweatshirt I started with:

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

I bought it because I thought the embroidery was so pretty. There were stains on the sweatshirt, and it wasn’t really my style as far as a garment, but as a coffee cozy? You bet! I’ve made cozies before and I just opened up the paper cozy from my Starbuck’s cup to get the pattern. For this one, I used an old cozy to get the basic pattern. Since I didn’t want to cut off any of the flowers, I made this one bigger than the one I used for the pattern.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

I cut out the shape for the outside of the cozy, then cut an identical one from some pink felt I had. It’s just cheap polyester felt, about 25 cents per sheet at Hobby Lobby. I also cut a row of pompoms.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

For the sewing, I placed the right sides together, sewing around the edges and leaving an opening at one end so I could turn it right side out. I also held the row of pompoms in place so the pompoms were on the inside of the cozy at this point.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

Next I flipped it right side out, then sewed along the edge of the cozy to give it a more finished look. I tucked in the end that was left open earlier for flipping, and sewed it shut. Then I added a loop of elastic to one end. I should have included this in the first place when I had the right sides together, but I forgot. So, being lazy, I just sewed it on after the fact. Then I picked out a fun button from my button collection and sewed it on by hand, making sure to measure the cozy on my reusable cup before sewing the button.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

Here is another cozy I’ve been using lately. I made this one a while ago with the same pattern and felt.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

I love adding a bit of personality to my drink cup every day.

upcycled coffee cozy AnnaNimmity.com

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14 Responses to Upcycled Coffee Cozy

  1. Andrea says:

    Wow, just gorgeous, great job! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Ginger Snap Crafts :)


  2. This is adorable. Great idea!! I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party and GIVEAWAY. Going on until Sunday. Hope to see you there and spread the word!! Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

  3. So cute! This is a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

  4. Bonnie says:

    This is so, so cute! I love the bright colors– perfect for spring! I’m visiting from Tater Tots and Jello… hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

    PS- I also write for Crafting a Green World. We do a Green Crafts Showcase every month and this would be a perfect project for it! If you’re interested, you can enter your recycled/upcycled projects here: http://craftingagreenworld.com/green-crafts/

  5. What a cute idea. I’m going to make some for the take-out coffee lovers I know. I want to pin it but I’m not seeing a interest button. Am I overlooking it?

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Lori! I didn’t add a Pinterest button, but feel free to pin it anyway! I always use the Pin It button in my browser to pin things. The directions for adding it are on the Pinterest site. It makes pinning super easy!

  6. Christine says:

    Oh NICE!!!! Love how you upcycled a shirt! I love doing that too!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing your next creation tomorrow evening!

  7. Betsy,
    You must know that we love your project. It is such a unique way to make a coffee cup cozy!! Thanks for the recycled inspiration! Our Bowdabra Designers picked your project from the Crafty Showcase to feature this week! Congrats. Here is your feature:


    See you at the new showcase this weekend!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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