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Cozy, isn’t it?


Another submission in the AEDM Challenge.  (Dunno what number it is, maybe #7?)

Ho Ho Ho – Here we GOOOOOOO!

So I began delving into my creative Christmas projects with sewing project number one.  I’m hesitant to say who it’s for, and hopefully that person doesn’t come a-visitin’ the blog before the holidays.  (I made a coffee cup cozy for disposable coffee cups – shhhhh don’t tell, okay?)


It’s funny how I hated math and geometry in high school – so much so that I avoided all math classes in college.  I even chose my course of study by the number (or lack of) math classes required to graduate.  But now, many years later, I enjoy drawing patterns.


I cut some rectangles and ironed them in half to stitch them to contrasting fabric.


I thought I was doing pretty good, until I tried to piece them together for a diamond of white fabric surrounded by the groovy retro pattern.  😉  I’ll admit I’m no quilter – and it shows.  heh heh

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Actually, the only part that was kinda screwed up was the center piece.  I kind of like the way the rest is sort of rough.

Bella wasn’t too sure, though.  She hid from the prospect of what might be:


But in the end, it turned out okay – dispite the puppers fears…

I trimmed out the pattern from the patchwork and some plain white cotten for the lining, and also some fleece left over from Bella’s puppy coat project to add insulation.


Top stitched around the whole thing and stuffed it with the fleece…


Then hand-stitched up the back seam to make it a permanent cuff.  And voila!  A cup cozy – fit for disposable coffee cups from coffee shops – or pint glasses!


I actually did mean to embroider a little coffee cup on the front, but I got carried away with sewing and forgot. Oops.  Maybe I’ll make another one.  This may just be a proto-type.  We’ll see.

And just because doggy pictures are cute – I’m gonna add one more.  🙂


Have a good evening everyone!


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