Flower Tea Cozy From A Thrifted Sweater

No-Sew Felted Mug Cozies: an Easy but Adorable Handmade Craft

These no-sew, felted mug cozies are a simple and thrifty project perfect for people who do not sew nor have a sewing machine. This project is quick and the results are super cute. Plus, these felted mug cozies make awesome gifts for any warm-beverage drinker in your life!DIY Felted Tea Cozies

Materials

Cut Out the Applique

Make it!

For this project you will only need the cuffs of the sleeves of a felted sweater. If you felted the wool properly, it will not unravel when it’s cut. Sweaters that have less wool and a higher percentage of synthetics are likely to unravel more, so look for sweaters that are mostly wool. Each sweater is different, so you’ll have to experiment. Save the rest of the felted sweater for other craft projects.measure sleeve to cut out tea cozy

Measure the mug’s length and then measure the sleeve starting at the top of the ribbed cuff. Cut the appropriate length. If you have mugs without handles or want to use it for a Mason jar cozy, then congratulations! You’ve made a cozy and can skip over to the needle felting applique.(If you have a mug with a handle, then read on.)Cup Cozy with No Appliques

To cut a slit for the mug’s handle to slip through, measure about ½ inch down from the top of the cuff and start cutting until you reach about ½ from the bottom. Slip the cozy onto the mug at this point and make adjustments if needed. Flip the mug to the front and make sure you like what you see. At this point you are technically done, but it could use a little something extra.How to make a tea cozy for mugs

What makes wool especially fun to work with is that you can use other pieces of wool as appliques and bind them by another felting process, needle felting. To do this you will need a felting mat and a needle felting tool.felting tools for making tea cozies

Cut a shape out of another piece of felted wool sweater, or you can use wool roving or wool yarn. Slide the cozy around the felting mat (be sure to not felt the applique to both sides of the cuff as you will stick it together) and center the applique onto the cuff.Needle Felting

Use the felting needle tool to punch in the applique onto the cuff. You will need to make several passes until the applique adheres to the cuff. If you are using wool yarn or roving wool, you will adhere it to the cuff the same way, except use little pieces at a time to create a design.Cup Cozy With Appliques

The sky’s the limit as far as appliques go. Try a flower motif or monograms. You don’t have to applique; you can make a pretty cozy with sweaters that have interesting textures and colors.How to make this adorable Tea Cozy

Brew a cup of tea or coffee and slip your custom cozy onto your favorite mug. It will feel like a warm, soft  hug every morning.Flower Tea Cozy from a thrifted sweater

About the Author : Debbie WolfeDebbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. In her free time (when there is such a thing), she is in the garden or hidden away reading the latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama! As interests, Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and is a co-author and photographer behind the garden blog, The Prudent Garden; a collection of tips, crafts, and articles that highlight home gardening.View all posts by Debbie Wolfe

  1. Kim~madeinaday
    Kim~madeinadayOctober 18,16

    Very cute I have been meaning to try Felting! Thanks for the tips. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned & Sharing on G+! Have a great week!
    Kim

  2. Kari Wagner Hoban
    Kari Wagner HobanOctober 19,16

    I can’t sew so this is perfect for me!
    Pinning this for later.

  3. Emily
    EmilyOctober 23,16

    These are so cute! I chose your mug cozies as my Host Pick for this week’s Merry Monday party; we’d love for you to link up with us again this week!

  4. Crystal
    CrystalOctober 27,16

    I totally love these, and I’m going to make a few to add in with Christmas presents :) Thank you! #homemattersparty

  5. Christie
    ChristieNovember 4,16

    I would LOVE these! Can’t wait to try them as gifts

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