How to Make a Patchwork Cozy for Your French Press

comments (11) October 2nd, 2008     

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A French press cozy keeps your coffee warm for hours.
Pick buttons that contrast nicely with your fabric choices.
I chose a color scheme that matches my kitchen and used a mix of dots, stripes, and florals.
A French press cozy keeps your coffee warm for hours.

A French press cozy keeps your coffee warm for hours.

Photo: Kayte Terry

My husband made a special request: Make a handmade cozy for his new French press. How could I say no? It will keep the coffee warm for hours, and will prevent the glass from shattering if we ever knock over his precious new gadget.

Here's how to make one for yourself.


  • 1/8 yard cotton fabric
  • Cotton fabrics scraps, for the patchwork
  • High-loft cotton batting
  • 1/4-inch grosgrain ribbon
  • 3 buttons
  • Iron
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
  • Measuring tape
  • Chopstick
  • Sewing machine and thread

Note: I recommend a walking foot for quilting the cozy. It is not required but it makes quilting much easier.


Use a measuring tape to determine the dimensions of the French press.

1. Measure the circumference and height of the glass part of the French press. Add 1 inch to both measurements.

2. Using a rotary cutter, cut a piece of cotton fabric to the dimensions from step 1. This is your lining. Also cut a piece of batting the same size.

I chose a color scheme that matches my kitchen and used a mix of dots, stripes, and florals.

3. From the fabric scraps, cut pieces the height of the measurement from step 1 and various widths. Lay them out in a pattern you like. They should be a bit wider than the lining piece when they are laid out.

Pin the pieces together before you sew.

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Comments (11)

pastormom writes: I've always been frustrated by how quickly coffee cools. This is a very practical answer to that dilemma. Also, in addition to making one here at home, this is a great gift I can make for a friend of mine who lives in an off-the-grid home.
Posted: 2:17 pm on October 9th
kaytet writes: in his path, i am a big tea person, so i promise i will come up with a tea cozy project for you!!!
Posted: 12:21 am on November 12th
InHisPath writes: Great gift idea, I look forward to making them, picking out the fabric design to match each person's style is a fun part of it.
Is there a Tea Cozy/accessories project for my Tea Loving friends.
Posted: 1:39 pm on November 8th
FunkyFinds writes: Fantastic!
Posted: 11:03 am on October 24th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hey Secretsugar, I love that you have made a pledge to make all of your presents. I wanted to give you a head's up that your comittment is also timely: CraftStylish is going to launch a special holiday series this week called Dare to Make it, featuring fantastic gifts to make and DIY holiday inspiration! See you around the site.
Posted: 12:21 pm on October 14th
Secretsugar writes: In my pledge to make all my Christmas gifts this year, I've been racking my brain to come up with some handmade gifts for my husband. This could be one of them--thanks!
Posted: 11:48 am on October 14th
kaytet writes: thanks guys!
jen- one of the best parts of doing tutorials all the time is having an excuse to have pretty nails!
Posted: 7:12 pm on October 3rd
susanstars writes: oh, so cute and perfect for a fall coffee date!
Posted: 1:22 pm on October 3rd
tamdoll writes: This would be so much better than throwing a kitchen towel over it like I do already. Adding it to my to-do list! Thanks for the how-to.
Posted: 9:08 am on October 3rd
cathyofcalifornia writes: love it! especially the buttons!

Posted: 10:26 pm on October 2nd
Jen_W writes: This is so cute! I'm totally going to make one. And your nails look fab, by the way!
Posted: 12:21 pm on October 2nd
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