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Whether you want to be kinder to the environment or personalize your morning drink, a reusable cup wrap may be just what you need. Here’s a step-by-step guide for this sewing project.
Start by creating a pattern on copy paper. Using the pre-made cardboard wrap as a guide, draw a custom pattern that is approximately one inch larger on each side (first draw with a pencil and then outline with a marker). This will allow you to make a slightly larger wrap that takes into account the extra material necessary for a seam allowance.
Using the pattern, cut two pieces of fabric with the Razor-edge Softgrip Scissors (8").
Cut one piece of batting to size with a Fiskars Rotary Cutter.
Layer the batting and fabric. Place the piece of batting on the bottom followed by a right-side up piece of fabric and then a right-side down piece of fabric.
Before pinning the layers together, add a five-inch piece of round elastic cord (folded in half) between the layers.
Keeping the ends together, fold the top layer of fabric over and pin the elastic in place.
Pin the edges and machine sew together using a ¼" seam allowance. Leave an opening so that the wrap can be turned. Double stitch over the elastic.
You may wish to cut away excess seam allowance and carefully trim the corners before turning the wrap. Once turned, hand stitch the opening closed. Then top stitch the entire wrap using a ¼" seam allowance.
Sew on a decorative button. Once the fabric is wrapped around a cup, loop the elastic around the button to keep the wrap in place.