Saturday, April 23, 2011

Insulated Reversible Coffee Cozy Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Okay, so I understand it is the day after Earth Day, but that doesn't mean the planet stops rolling!  Today's Earth-Friendly project: Insulated reversible coffee cozies!  And a giveaway!  (After the tutorial).

But first, let me take a serious moment to encourage you ALL to rent, borrow, or netflix the movie "Food Inc."  If you care for the environment, and you care about yourselves, it will be worth your time to see what's in your food, and what it is doing to your body!

Now, on to the tutorial!
You will need:  a starbucks coffee sleeve, a front fabric, a reverse fabric, some insul-bright, and some velcro!

Take your starbucks coffee wrap, and open it up.  I laid it out on some paper, and then gave an extra half inch around all sides for seam allowances and bulk.
Then I cut one each of front fabric and reverse fabric.  I cut one piece of insul-bright to match the original starbucks wrap.
With right sides together, stitch up one side, across the end, and down the other side.  I used 1/4" seam allowances.
 Now, take some scissors, and cut the corners at a 45 degree angle, like this:
Why cut the corners?  It helps you get crisper corners when you turn it inside out.  So, as you might have guessed, now you will need to turn it inside out.  Now, I have learned this cool trick over time to help you get really crisp corners.  You know when you go to get a pedicure and they use that wooden stick to push your cuticles back?  Well, instead of letting them throw it away, ask to take it home this time!  I have found it is extremely useful in getting crisp corners.  (You might want to wash it first, though).  They sell "corner turners" at the craft store that look just like these, but I like the free version better.  Check it out below:  I used my finger for the corner on the right, and the pointy stick for the corner on the left.
Now, slide your insul-bright into the pocket!
Now, take the open end and fold the ends under, ironing to help them stay put.  Then take the fuzzy side of the velcro, lay it on the edge, and stitch it down.  This way you get two birds with one stone; you finish the edge, and you sew on the velcro at the same time.  Then flip the cozy over, and sew velcro on the other side!

Then fold it together and Ta-Da!  You have a coffee cozy that you can change based on your mood!  A sampling of my different varieties:

These are a quick, easy, and green gift to make, especially if you use scraps to make them!  Enjoy!

And the Krafting with K Earth Day GIVEAWAY!!!  We will be giving away a Reusable shopping bag and one of today's coffee cozies to help encourage you, our readers, to reduce waste!  I will also throw in some Bath Sea Salts and a Bath Bomb Fizzy for fun!  Winner will be chosen via  How do you enter?

*****Become a follower of Krafting with K (and leave a comment letting us know you did)****

Additional entries:
1-Leave us a comment letting us know what you did or are going to do to help the planet this month!
2-Leave us a link to a Earth-day friendly project of your own!

That's it!  Giveaway will start today and the winner will be drawn Wednesday at 9pm.  Good luck everyone!  I can't wait to see what "green" things you are up to!


Turtles In North Dakota said...

Love these! and I am a follower :)

Domestic Diva said...

We use cloth instead of paper whenever we can: towels, bags, napkins, diapers, wipes, etc.

Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Kelly said...

We are cutting back on bottled water to save plastic!


Ananda said...
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Ananda said...

I live a very green life! In our family every day is Earth Day! This year I helped organize an event for a nonprofit community garden project for Earth Day - but usually my family celebrates Earth Day more than any other holiday - we gather our plants and have a compost tea party, we plant native seeds, we eat entirely locally sourced meals for the day and we try to use no electricity and gas.

I also wanted to say that you should totally check out my blog - if you're interested in health and fooding! You will find a great deal of information and recipes popping up there soon. I just started it recently so there are only a few recipes up for now....

Thank you for the opportunity to win. I really appreciate it and would Love one of these!

(I forgot to leave you a link in the last post....sorry to delete my comment)

Lyssa said...

We try to live green! We live on a small amount of land and raise or own beef on our pasture no hormones, chickens for our eggs goats for milk and soap. I am a firm believer in homemade food for dinner. We are always using reusable bottles for our water instead of buying the bottled water!
I have seen the show food inc. on Netflix! All I can say is Wow!People have no idea what is going into all of there prepared food!

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