My choice of project this month is the cup cosy or ‘mug hug’ as I like to call them. There are plenty around but two of my faves are:
Sew Happy Geek – this is the simplest and most versatile.
You can patch it, applique it or use one piece of designer fabric. Quick, easy and effective. You could even make a co-ordinating mug hug with left-over fabric from another project (mmmm maybe a Patchsmith mug rug?) What a great little present that would be for the Secret Santa.
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And then there is Staci over at Crafty Staci who has a selection of FREE patterns and tutorials.
Now these are some seriously cute, fun designs and I chose to make her fox mug hug to match my Fox mug rug and coaster.This mug hug went together really well - it was a little fiddly turning it right side out but my trusty chop-stick came to the rescue. It took little more than an hour.
But I'm a greedy girl who wants all the presents on her wish-list. I also wanted a mug hug for my pen pot. My pen-pot-mug is quite short so I simply patched eleven 3" x 1½” strips together to give me a finished mug hug measuring 10½” by 2½” tall. Then I appliqued the little blackbird from my Seasonal Tree mug rug pattern and hey-presto - a cosy country pen-pot.
|Blackbird Pen Mug Hug|
|To match Amy's Christmas Tree Skirt|
(I just need to figure out a way to get her to send it to me .....
perhaps I could tell her it is needed for a photo shoot!)
Oooh, that has given me an idea – how about a competition? ‘YAY’ I hear you all screaming. Just leave a comment telling me how you will use your mug hug. I will pick a winner, at random, on Christmas Eve to receive a small fat quarter bundle. (Make sure I can contact you to be in with a chance.) And everybody who posts a photo of a mug hug onto the Across the Pond Flickr Group will get an extra chance to win.
Sew until next time .......