How to Make a Felt Cozy

Wrap your hot drinks with an eco-friendly handmade felt cozy. We'll show you the easy sewing technique responsible for the fun zigzag patterns in the cozy's design.

Here's how to sew a colorful felt collar for a straight sided tea cup or a takeout coffee cup. Here's what you'll need: two 8x12-inch sheets of 100 percent wool felt, a can of quilter spray adhesive, a template, sharp scissors, straight pins, ombre thread to match the felt, and a sewing machine. Spray one side of one of the felt sheets with the adhesive. Lay the other felt sheet on top of the adhesive and press to adhere. Print and cut out the template then spray one side of the template with adhesive. Press it to the felt, cut out the shape and peel off the paper. There will be enough room on one sheet of felt to make 2 cozies. Align a short side with a felt shape with the 5/8-inch mark on the sewing machine's foot plate. Sew a straight line to the bottom edge of the felt. Repeat on the other short side. These are the guide lines between which you will sew the decorative zigzag stitch later. You'll also need guidelines at the top and bottom of the cozy. On a long side of the felt shape, position the needle about a quarter-inch from the edge and sew straight across the felt. Repeat on the other long side. Now you're ready to sew the decorative zigzag stitch between the guide lines you have made. Starting at the guide line on one of the short sides, sew at a slight angle across to the other guide line. Turn the fabric and repeat in the opposite direction. Continue sewing back and forth at an angle until the area between the top and bottom guide lines is filled. Fold the short sides of the felt together so the guide lines meet. Pin the layers together so that the edges are even. Sew along the guide lines to join the two sides. Repeat the stitch 3 or 4 times. Remove the felt from the sewing machine. Take the pins out, trim the loose threads and the tab. Slip the cozy over a straight sided tea cup or takeout coffee cup and enjoy.