Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sweater Coffee Cozy Tutorial--No Knitting Required!

Well, it's January, and like most of the rest of the world, I've been doing my share of organizing around this house. I finally got motivated to tackle my closet the other day & ended up with a pile of old sweaters ready to go to Goodwill. Then, I got inspired.

I saw this great tutorial on how to make a Coffee Cozy & decided I would recycle one of my old sweaters & try one for myself. So much fun! And adorable, too.

I followed the basic directions given in the tutorial & used the pattern provided, but since I was using a sweater, I made a couple of changes:

First, I cut my sweater piece & my coordinating fabric about a half inch bigger than the pattern all around to allow for the bulkiness of the sweater fabric.

Also, I omitted the batting, as I knew the sweater would be insulation enough.

And one other reminder: when using a cut sweater for a project like this, be careful not to handle the pieces too much before sewing, as it will start to unravel right away. If you find it unravels too quickly, you can stitch around the raw edges to help hold it together before using it.

I'm not a knitter, but I love the look of knitted pieces, and I'm guessing this is probably a quicker way to get that knitted look! I love mine & I'm thinking I need to get to Starbucks right away to show it off.

Looking for a great gift for a friend or teacher? How cute would this be wrapped around a Starbucks cup with a gift card tucked inside?

And what about a big heart button for Valentine's Day? Adorable! So, go thru your old sweaters before you haul them off to Goodwill! Recycling has never been so cute.

I'll share this with a few of these parties... Check them out for more free inspiration!


  1. Julie- You and me, baby! LOVE IT!!!! Meet you at Starbucks! Hugs- Diana

  2. Julie, this one is going on my to do list. Thank you for sharing :)

  3. This is SO cute... I've had a coffee cozy on my to-do list for some time now. I would never have thought of making a sweater cozy. So glad I didn't make it yet, haha! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. What a cute idea! I have made these with fabric but I would have never thought to use a sweater!

  5. super cute! love the look of the knitted sweater :) thanks for sharing a great tutorial too!

  6. This is so cute, and will keep my hands warm too! Thanks for sharing

  7. Julie, I can't even handle this, I've been craving Starbucks so bad, this is so cute I want to cry! Love it!!!!

  8. Hi Julie, I just found your blog from a meme. This is so funny I did the same thing yesterday and have a sweater laying here to make one of the cozies. I will be back to visit because I am a follower now.

  9. Love this idea. Definitely great Christmas gifts. Thanks for the tutorial. Although I'm a little confused too. =)

    "...sweater piece & my coordinating fabric..."

    Am I missing something? I don't see any fabric besides the sweater.


  10. @Tonia
    If you click on the link to the tutorial, you'll see it requires an exterior fabric & a lining fabric...I used the sweater piece as my exterior & a plain piece of off white fabric as my lining. You can see it a little in my pic below my sweater. Hope that helps you!

  11. I saw you link up on The Shabby Chic Cottage and that is super cute! New follower :)


  12. oh my goodness. Too cute, seriously too cute!!!

  13. Ahh this is a fabulous idea. I taught my fifth and sixth grade students how to knit this year so they could make coffee sweaters for their parents. This looks a lot more manageable!!! :) These are the ones we made:

    Also, your post about your son made my heart melt and I don't even know him. What a nice kid you have!! And he's lucky to have a mom like you, that's for sure!

    Better Than A Milk Mustache

  14. Very good idea, will make it.Тhanks. Iva

  15. just awesome! looks really cute!

  16. I can't knit so this is perfect for me!

    I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

  17. Yours is pretty much the best one that I've ever seen! Can you make another and ship it to me?? How much? ;)

  18. I don't have a sewing machine, but I'm quite good (ish) at hand sewing! Is it possible to do this by hand sewing ??

    1. Yes! I'm sure you could sew it by hand :)


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