DIY Upcycled Sweater Cozy

Upcycle your sweaters into DIY mug cozies! Tutorial after the jump . . .

So. I can neither knit nor crochet. I think my grandma tried to teach me how to crochet once. 

It didn't work out very well.

But I (and now you!) can recreate the feel of a homemade cozy by upcycling old sweaters!

You will need:
Old button up sweater
Double fold bias tape
Embroidery floss and needle (yes, the big 'un you used for the DIY filter poms will work nicely!)
2 inches of  1/4 inch elastic

1. Find an old sweater.

2. Cut off a button.

3. Measure the distance around a mug. Cut the same measurement off the bottom of your old sweater, 2 1/2 inches wide.

4. Cut a piece of double fold bias tape. Cut it 6 inches + the length of your sweater rectangle.

5. Use a sewing machine to attach the bias tape to the three cut sides of your sweater rectangle.

6. Using a large needle and a skein of embroidery floss, sew the button to one end of the sweater rectangle.

7. Sew both ends of the elastic to the other end of the sweater rectangle, making a loop to slide over the button.

8. Wrap your cozy around a mug! Enjoy your coffee and bask in the light of your handmade creation!

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  1. How cute! Does it help keep drinks warmer longer?

    1. It probably should help keep coffee warmer longer . . . Unfortunately, I drink coffee so quickly that the cozy becomes merely decorative!