Friday, June 18, 2010

Coffee Cozy for Father's Day

Wow, 3 posts in 3 the midst of the Father's Day rush!

Here is the Father's Day project Grade 4 completed.  An embroidered coffee cozy.

Pretty straight forward.  I went to a local coffee shop and grabbed a cardboard cozy for my pattern.   I made a pattern out of posterboard.  I then traced out the pattern onto wool felt in a selection of colors...(I was going for masculine colors).       For tracing I used either a pencil on light colored felt or a white pencil crayon.

I gave each student a tapestry needle....tapestry needles have a blunt edge and although it's a bit harder to push thru the felt we did not have any needle sticks.                                                           I asked each student to trace out the word DAD in the center of their felt...the top of the pattern is the arc type curve.  Then using embroidery thread straight from the pkg. we pulled our thread thru the needle and knotted both ends together giving us a double strand of full thread.  This prevented the kids having to worry about pulling their end out of the eye.  We used a back stitch to embroider DAD and then they could add other designs.

One class decided to blanket stich their long sides while the other class focused on decorations.  Because it's wool felt you can finish it either way and it won't fray over time.  I then just stitched the ends together on the machine in minutes.                                    For presentation we slid each cosy over a recycled cup with a packet of gourmet instant coffee inside as well as a Father's Day poem.

That's it.  It was a quick and easy Father's Day project. 


  1. What a neat project! Thank you for sharing! I have one question. Did the children stitch the two ends of the cozy together? Or are they attached some other way? Thank you again!

  2. That is a great idea! You do a nice job with your blog. I enjoy looking at it!

  3. Thanks anonymous for bringing that to my attention...I added to my post that I just stitched the ends together on the machine...took only a few minutes but they could have done it themselves.

  4. I just happened upon your blog today, and I think it may just be one of my new favorites! Thanks for all the great ideas! I'm looking forward to using some with my 3-year-old and as gifts.

  5. I love this post...and I posted a link to it on my blog today..all about Father's Day crafts! Thanks!

  6. Oh awesome!! I hope you'll submit this to !

  7. Love this! May I feature it on I have a special Father's day week coming up. Please drop me a line to let me know



  8. What a lovely idea! thanks or sharing. Great project for my class.

  9. This is such a fantastic idea. I've never been good at teaching sewing stuff to my kids but really need to bite the bullet one day and do it. What a lovely Father's Day present!

  10. Do you know your photo is on a display at Michael's?

  11. can i use just regular felt? is that the same as wool felt?

    1. You can use regular felt as well. Wool felt is thicker. Some regular felt is getting pretty thin these days. Good luck with the project.