When I was in Portland, I had coffee one morning at a place called Courier Coffee. They serve their coffee in mason jars, and also sell adorable handmade cozies to protect your hands from the hot glass. I have plenty of mason jars here at work, so I was inspired to make my own mason jar cozy so that this winter I can use mason jars for my coffee at work! Read on to learn how to make your own.
I was very lucky because our knits designers had a bag full of old sweater scraps that they didn’t need — I was happy to give them a home! You could also use pieces of fabric from an old sweater that no longer fits, or from a scarf, hat, or gloves!
What you need: A mason jar, piece of fabric (large enough to cover mason jar), scissors, measuring tape, needle, and thread.
Use the measuring tape to get the dimensions you’ll want the cozy to be. This size mason jar is about 10 inches around, and the flat portion around the middle where the cozy would sit is about 3 inches length-wise.
Cut your fabric, leaving yourself about an inch of extra fabric on all sides to be safe. Wrap it around the mason jar and pin it where you want the two ends of the fabric to meet.
Sew the fabric together where the two ends meet. For this cozy, I liked how the raw edges looked so I did a quick whip stitch along the top and bottom to prevent fraying. Next, I’ll demonstrate another method that gives you a cleaner edge.
To give the cozy clean edges that won’t fray, leave yourself an extra two inches or so on each side when you cut the fabric.
Fold over the extra fabric on each edge and sew in place.
Once you’ve done this on each side, proceed to wrap around the mason jar and sew the two edges together.
Which of the three cozies that I made is your favorite?
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