How to Make a Patchwork Cozy for Your French Presscomments (11) October 2nd, 2008
A couple of days ago, my husband made a special request: a handmade cozy for his brand-new French press. How could I say no? Not only will it keep the coffee warm for hours, but a cozy will also prevent the glass from shattering if we ever knock over his precious French press.
Here's how to make one for yourself:
- 1/8 yard cotton fabric
- Scraps of different cotton fabrics to patchwork with
- High-loft cotton batting
- Small amount of 1/4-inch grosgrain ribbon
- Three buttons
- Fabric scissors
- Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine and thread
Note: I recommend a walking foot for quilting the cozy. If you don't have one, it's ok, but it makes quilting much easier!
1. Measure the circumference and height of the glass part of your 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 to the same size.
3. From the scraps of fabric, cut a bunch of pieces that are the height of the measurement you took in 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.
4. With a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew all pieces together. Start on the left-hand side and sew the first to the second, then continue sewing together until they are all sewn. Iron all seams open.
5. Pin the patchwork piece to the lining piece with right sides facing and trim. Unpin the pieces.
6. Cut three 2-inch pieces of ribbon and fold them over to make loops. Lay out the lining piece face up, and pin loops 1/2 inch from the top and bottom and in the center of one of the edges of the lining. Pin the loops facing in toward the cozy, not outside of the cozy. Baste the loops to the lining 1/4 inch in from the edge.
7. On a flat surface, lay out batting, then the lining face up, then the front face down. Pin together.
8. With a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of the cozy, leaving 2-1/2 inches unsewn for turning. Trim the seams. Turn the cozy right side out and push out the corners with a chopstick.
9. Turn in the raw edges and press the seams. Topstitch around the cozy.
10. Sew lines down the cozy as desired. You can either stitch in the ditch (sew at the seams) or in between or a little of both!
11. Wrap your cozy around your French press, and mark where you need to sew buttons with straight pins. Sew buttons on.
12. Make yourself a nice pot of coffee and enjoy!
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