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Iron Craft Challenge #4: Cozy or Crazy?

When I first saw the Iron Craft Challenge for this week – Get Cozy – I was excited. What a great opportunity to use up some of those scraps I had lying around! Also, this is a nice sized project to learn how to work with batting; if you’re not a quilter, it is somewhat intimidating.

I started by locating a tutorial, I chose this Coffee Cozy Tutorial from Erin Harris. Then, I cut out 20 cozies worth of fabric and went to town. I had my mom over to help me and needless to say, we hated this project. It was so not fun! I found the directions really hard to follow; I think there are some errors in the way to position the fabric, etc. I quit shy of putting on the buttons and now 20 button-less cozies lie on my craft table waiting to be finished. Serves me right for trying to mass produce something I’d never worked on. (If you were expecting a surprise gift from me sometime soon… it probably won’t be a coffee cozy, and if it is, it will be without a button.)

The crafter in me will not admit defeat though. Since I couldn’t face the 20 disaster cozies and maintain my enthusiasm, I started fresh. Thinking that perhaps my whole problem was that I made coffee cozies for the coffee I don’t consume… my next attempt was for my reusable drinking cup.

I worked from the Kwik Sew Cup & Can Cozy tutorial. After making 20 cozies earlier in the week, I didn’t need to follow their directions. So, I can’t vouch for how well thought out their tutorial is. I will say their pattern was nice.

I had some really pretty aqua fabric paint from my weekend freezer paper extravaganza and knew I wanted to stencil something on with it. I used white cotton fabric scraps for the front of the cozy, a coordinating aqua cotton fabric for the lining, and sandwiched some 100% organic batting in between. I also used (shh, don’t tell Kwik Sew) some Iron-on Velcro, way easier than the button method.

When I was done sewing the cozy together, I applied my freezer paper stencil. For the text, I used my Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. The bird design comes from the Give A Hoot cartridge. Clearly, I used my Cricut.

More pictures can be found in the Iron Craft Flickr group.

I’m really happy that I decided to give the cozy another chance. I hate the way my hands get cold in the winter holding my cup and it always sweats at my desk all over my work papers when the ice melts. Now, I have a stylish little cozy that solves both of those problems!

(Last post where I reference freezer paper stenciling for awhile. It’s become an addiction, and I need to stop. Or at least stop sharing, while I secretly hoard projects for myself with sweet designs and funny phrases.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WC2MOJGZCT2UVHRZ6DE7TVEGI Kathy

    This is really lovely! I can’t believe you made 20 though! I too love freezer paper stenciling…it might even have to be a challenge at some point…

  • Chelsea

    So cute! I love crafting with my Cricut, too!

  • http://www.subliminalrabbit.com marri

    pretty pretty!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com The Modern Lady, Beth Hawks

    Kathy – I would kill that challenge. lol. The only problem would be finding an item in my house I already haven’t freezer paper stenciled to death. :) Thx for your nice compliment!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com The Modern Lady, Beth Hawks

    Thanks Chelsea. I think the Cricut is great for so many projects. Unfortunately, I haven’t really used it for scrapbooking yet!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com The Modern Lady, Beth Hawks

    Thank you Marri :)

  • http://onmyowntwohands.blogspot.com Rae

    What a bummer to sew a bunch and to not have them work out! Lame!

    The one that worked out is pretty awesome, though. Nice work on the cricut use. I’m still trying to figure out the settings to get a good cut for stencilling.

  • Kad0884

    def. cozy and not crazy!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com/ The Modern Lady

    Thanks Chelsea. I think the Cricut is great for so many projects. Unfortunately, I haven’t really used it for scrapbooking yet!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com/ The Modern Lady

    Kathy – I would kill that challenge. lol. The only problem would be finding an item in my house I already haven’t freezer paper stenciled to death. :) Thx for your nice compliment!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com/ The Modern Lady

    Thank you Marri :)

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com/ The Modern Lady

    Rae – I know on this item I used a pressure of low – or 2 notches on the pressure gauge. My speed was medium. I think I ripped the petite swirls in the bird 4 times before I got that right!

  • http://www.TheModernLadyBlog.com/ The Modern Lady

    Haha, thanks Kado884.

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