Show Joe Some Love This Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2013

We know you dig him.

Joe – he’s your regular guy, your daily go-to. Why not make him something special this Valentine’s Day? Here’s how to sew a corset coffee cozy that celebrates your love for Joe – served hot, or cold!

Make a sassy Valentine's Day corset cozy using Dritz elastic & fasteners, plus your favorite fabric. 

 Supplies needed:

How to make  a Valentine's cozy step 1: make a template

The quickest and easiest way to start, is by using a disposable drink sleeve as a template. If you like the size as is, just add 1/4” all the way around for your seam allowance.

If you want to adjust the size, we’ve found that our Dritz® Styling Design Ruler comes in quite handy to make the curve!

Make a Valentine's Day cozy step 2: cut your fabrics

Using the template that you just created, cut out your fabric and batting.

You’ll need three layers, if you want another fabric on the inside. We used exposed batting for one style, and even terrycloth on another, to absorb sweat from an iced coffee.

Make a Valentine's Day cozy step 3: pin your elastics or closure in place

Now is when you need to attach the fastener that will keep your cozy closed.

We used elastic loops on three of our designs.

 For thicker elastic, just pin the elastic directly to your fabric with the loops facing in.

Make a Valentine's Day cozy step 3: secure your closures with Dritz Stay Tape

If you’re using very thin elastic, you’ll definitely want to use our Wash Away™ Wonder Tape. It will hold all of those little pieces in place, but it won’t gunk up your needle when sewing.

 Don’t forget, all loops and tabs face in when pinning. (We’ll turn it right side out when we’re done.) And if you’re doing a corset, you’ll need loops on both sides.

Make a Valentine's Day cozy step 4: sew fabric layers together & top stitch

Once you’ve got your closures in place, pin the fabric layers together in this order if you’re using three fabrics:

– batting (on the bottom)

– outside fabric (right side up)

– inside fabric (face down)

 If you’re only using two layers, pin the outside fabric right side down on your lining.

Stitch three sides together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Be sure to backstitch a few times over your closure along the way. Then leave open the short side that is opposite of your closure. Turn it right side out, through the side opening. Now tuck the raw edges under and topstitch that baby closed!

Make a Valentine's Day Cozy step 5: add ruffles

If you want to get fancy, you can add a ruffle.

 Measure the circumference of the cozy, multiply by 2.5 and cut your ribbon. Using the longest stitch on your machine, run a basting stitch down the center of the ribbon. Gently pull the bottom thread until you get the ruffle length needed. Pin and stitch on.

If you want to add a tiny ribbon detail, use a pair of tweezers and guide it along the center of the ruffle as you stitch.

 I’m sure Joe will love this little number, don’t you?

 Now that you’ve got the basic construction down, run with it! Ruffles, buttons, tabs, what else? The possibilities are endless. Get Joe ready for his mug shot!

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