Happiness is Handmade: Sew an insulated Coffee Cozie! | Jenn McMillan | Skillshare

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Happiness is Handmade: Sew an insulated Coffee Cozie!

teacher avatar Jenn McMillan, Graphic designer, quilter - Ottawa, ON

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      Unit 1: Project Overview


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      Unit 2: Supplies


    • 4.

      Unit 3: Pattern Prep


    • 5.

      Unit 4: Sew


    • 6.

      Unit 5: Finishing


    • 7.

      Unit 6: Conclusion


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Sew your own insulated Coffee Cozie! In this class I will show you how to create your very own insulated Coffee Cozie - perfect to make and give as a quick gift or keep for yourself. 

Basic sewing machine knowledge is required.

You will need the following supplies for this class:

  • Sewing machine with zig zag option
  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric (1 interior, 1 exterior) and 1 piece of insulated batting (common brand is Insulbrite) measuring 12" x 6"
  • measurement tools to cut above fabrics
  • pins
  • scissors
  • 1 thin hair elastic - no metal connector
  • pattern downloaded from class files (available after enrolment)



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Jenn McMillan

Graphic designer, quilter - Ottawa, ON


Hello! My name is Jenn. I'm a graphic designer, photographer and a pattern, fabric and yarn obsessed quilter/sewist and knitter living in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

My love for fabric and patterns started when, as a young teen, my grandmother took me to a local fabric shop that had an entire wall dedicated to vintage fabrics. I took a few select yards home and re-made some of my favourite clothes using those fabrics and a 1960's Singer Featherweight. My mom taught me to sew on that old Singer and also on her old beige Kenmore that's as old as i am but still runs like a dream.

I sew and knit to stay sane but mainly because I value handmade. I want my girls to grow up appreciating the skill and time that people put into their handmade creations as much as I do. I'm all about su... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name's Jen McMillen. I'm a graphic designer, a sewer and a knitter. And I absolutely love all things handmade. Don't you absolutely hate it when your coffee gets cold? Well, if you have some basic sewing skills, join me in my first skill share class where I will be showing you how to make your very own insulated coffee cozy. 2. Unit 1: Project Overview: thank you so much for joining me today. I'll be showing you how to sell this lovely little insulated coffee. Cozy. It started making these because of the functionality aspect, but then quickly made more in my favorite fabrics, made a few as gifts for friends and family and then started selling them in my at sea shop . They are perfect for a quick gift, talking a little gift card in there, and you've got a great little present for the coffee addicts in your life, right? So let's take a closer look at this. Thes coffee cozies are made of three layers, two fabrics. We have an exterior and an interior, and we also have an insulated layer in the center. I've also used a simple hair, elastic and button as a closure, which also helps the coffee cozy to adjust to different size cups. All right, I'll see you in the next video, where I'll go over the supplies and tools that you need to get started. 3. Unit 2: Supplies: Theo Class Project section below. I've created and attached a printable pattern that you'll need to download and print. Make sure that when you're printing, you set your page skilling to none so that your pattern prints at the correct size. Next up sewing machine. Any basic sewing machine will work so long as it has his exact stitch. You need some thread and needles, don't you? Some buttons such you like or that matches your fabric. A measuring tape were a ruler to measure your fabric and your fabric. We have an exterior and the interior and the insulated liner for the insulated liner. I use a brand called in Celebrate That You can get it any big box fabric store, so long as it has the reflective layer in it. Then it will work. And last but not least, we have our pins and our scissors 4. Unit 3: Pattern Prep: Okay. Now, you should have all of your supplies ready to go. If you haven't already, cut your fabrics to size. Using either a ruler pen and scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter if you're using a ruler. Penance Scissors. Don't worry about marking the edges of the fabric as you'll be trimming off the excess anyways. OK, now it's time to cut out your pattern. Here's an example of the pattern that I've uploaded to the class. As you can see, there is a test square in the centre. Make sure that when you're printing that you set your page scaling to none. That way you get the appropriate size. Okay, Now it was time to cut it. You're better. Okay, there we go. We have our pattern cut out. You'll also see as well that there's a dashed line. This is where the fold in our fabric is going to line up and you'll see what I mean in a few seconds. Okay, Now we have our fabrics ready to go. We have our interior fabric, our exterior fabric and the reflective liner. Now, what you're gonna want to do is fold your fabrics in half and line them up with the dash line. You can easily pin this on to your fabrics as you don't want it to shift. Are you kidding? Another tip is well, make sure that when you're pinning, you pin to the interior of your pattern piece. That way you don't stab yourself. Okay, there we go. That's what it'll look like now. We will cut out our fabrics way . There we go. So now we have our interior fabric, our exterior fabric and our insulated Byner. OK, now it's time to layer the pieces, so I always start off with the interior fabric. Now, if this waas a piece of fabric that had a pattern on it, I would want the pattern to be facing upwards. Then you take your exterior fabric and you would place it face down because this is a double sided fabric. It's a batik from Alison glass. It doesn't matter which direction it's going because it has a beautiful pattern on the other side, which makes it pretty handy. And then you will take your insulated layer and you will place it face up so you place it face up because once you turn your coffee cozy inside out. It will be like this, and the layer will be facing the inside. So the insulation we'll be facing the inside of the cup. So when it's all sewn up, you can see the reflective layer will be facing the interior, which should help Keep your coffee or tea nice and toasty. Warm. Okay, so we will flip that back over, line them up nicely, and we are ready to pin. So while you're pinning, I'll just say what we're gonna want to do is keep a few inches on the right hand side, free of pins. And that way, when we get around to that side, we can insert the elastic in between the interior and the exterior fabric. So now I'm gonna go around and use quite a few pins. The reason being is that this insulated fabric is very slippery and very stretchy. I have sown many coffee cozies before where I didn't pin as much as I should have, and the layers slipped and stretched as I was sewing, which left most of pucker in the interior and exterior fabrics. And it's not very nice looking and doesn't it doesn't look too good So that's why I use quite a few pins. Also, I am going to leave a few inches clear of pins down at the bottom. This is where we're going to begin and end our sewing. And it's usually easier if we concert off without any pins in that space. So I'm just going to skip a few inches. Keep pinning, and that should be good. So as you can see, we've pinned very well all the way around. I've left a few inches clear the bottom where we're going to start and stop our sewing as well as a few inches on the side where we're going to insert our elastic in between the interior and exterior fabrics. All right, now it's time to sell. 5. Unit 4: Sew: Okay, so now that it's time to So we're going to prepare the elastic. So you've got your hair elastic here and what we're gonna do, we're gonna turn it into two pieces, so flip it over to make an X. Place it underneath the presser foot. Usually I like Teoh. Hold it with one hand. It makes a little bit easier. Hold down the presser foot and select the biggest zigzag stitch that you have. Now hold it down tightly and do a few stitches. Now, what I usually do here is I'll take it out and give it a quick look. Make sure that it's centered and this one is definitely not centered. So I'm gonna put it back in and I'm going to stitch again. Just a little ways down. Same process. Hold it in place. Sometimes it can get pulled by those a few dogs, pull it out, trim your stitches or trim the thread story, and he will see that we have and elastic with two sets of stitches. And what we're gonna do is just give it a quick trim right in the center to just clipped that in half. And we have two elastics prepared for two different coffee cozies. So now you don't have an excuse to make another one. All right, now that we have the pieces ready, this is where we're going to add the elastic. So as we had done before, we've left this side unp IND as well as the bottom. That's where we're going to start stitching. Then you should have your last six ready. All right, so now we're going to start sewing. We're gonna leave about three inches in the center, so So at the edge gave it a couple stitches and then back stitch just to lock your stitches in place. And then away we go make sure to take it your pins as your sewing around with your quarter inch seam allowance. Once we get to the center of the right side, this is where we're going to stop for a second. Make sure that your needle is down through your fabrics and lift your presser foot. You can insert our elastic, so open it up. So you have your exterior in your interior fabric and we're gonna put it in between these two layers, so just tuck it in with the elastic pushed up against the needle. Have it lining up with the edge of the fabric and the loop on the inside which down your presser foot again and feel free to repent. If you had to take out any pins to get that in there and keep sewing, give it a few stitches back. Just toe lock that in place and keep going. Look in the end here gave it a couple back stitches and make sure to leave about a three inch opening. And there we go. We've sown the layers together, as you can see, have used white thread just so that you could see on the black back here. Also, you can see where the elastic is stuck out, its in between the interior and the exterior fabric. And I'm gonna go over it a few times here just to make sure that the elastic is locked in place. You don't want that to slip out or have your elastic pop off when you have it on your cup of coffee, you go trim the threads, and usually this is where my, uh oh CD kicks in and I have to trim all the little Fred's off just because they drive me a little bit nuts, they probably will. They might drive you nuts, too, but you never know. There's lots of threads on this one. Is there with me? Before we flip our peace inside out can see through Here is where we're gonna flip it. We need to trim the edges. It'll allow the curved edges to lie a little smoothly and a little less bulky on the inside . So I'm gonna take my scissors, and I'm just gonna clip the curved portions on the outside of the stitching. But I'm not gonna go. Obviously passed my stitch line. You don't want to cut that. So I'm just gonna go around the peace mainly where there's a big curve. I'm gonna put quite a few clips in here we go, right. And now I am going to take out a tiny little piece right at the opening here. This just reduces the bulk when you flip it inside out and you go to stitch this opening closed. I'll just clip on the edges where my stitches end and I'm going to turn out a piece about 1/4 of an inch wide, just the width of my seam allowance. Okay, there we go. Now you can flip it inside out. Now that your piece is the proper way, you can chuck in the seam allowances where the opening was that we flipped it through. I usually just pinch it. You competed if you'd like, but I like to pinch it and you can start sowing in the center. You don't have to worry about that. So just to give it a quick back stitch toe, lock your stitches in place, and then you can top stitch the entire piece. Same thing I try and use about Ah, quarter to an eighth of an inch. Have a seam allowance when I top stage. Just gives it a more finished piece. Finished. Look. Sorry. Brexit again Taking off. Trim your threads and there we go. Your piece is ready to be finished. 6. Unit 5: Finishing: waiting on the sewing machine. We have one more thing left to Dio and that's sew on a button. So put a decent amount of thread on your needle and tie knot. In the end, I always like to double up my throat like this. You're gonna want to. So on your button, about 2 to 2.5 inches in on the right hand side, take your treads. I like to just secure it this way myself put through and then loop it through the thread as well and pull it tight just to kind of lock it in place. What I like to do is string my button on position it and then stitched on, just like so. And you know what? We'll fast forward through this part. Just make sure that you states your but non really well, it off. What I'll do here just to hide the ends of the threats is just pass a needle through the layers. It's to hide those ends, clip it off and smooth it out. And there you go, you're done. We finished our coffee cozies. Now go grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea because you totally deserve it. 7. Unit 6: Conclusion: thank you so much for sticking with me. Guys. You finally finished the class. I also just wanted to add that you can customize your coffee cozies anyway, you like here. I've made a cute little fabric flower that I'll be showing in a future class or get creative with some extra buttons. However you customize your coffee, cozy, make it your own because I truly believe that happiness is handmade.