How to Make a Coffee Cozy {homemade Christmas gift idea}

Today, I’m joining up again with Martha Stewart and Plaid to show you a fun homemade Christmas gift idea!

martha stewart crafts paint

If you’re unfamiliar with Martha Stewart Crafts paints, they are a new line of acrylic paints, textures, mediums and tools that can be found at Michaels. The same paint can be used on wood, plastic, fabric, glass, etc. All you have to do is mix the paints with the appropriate medium/effect and get crafting!

As I type this post, Christmas is a mere 41 days away so now is the perfect time to begin your homemade Christmas gifts. Nothing is easier than a gift in a jar or a gift in a mug right? So why not make that gift even more special with a personalized coffee cozy? I’ll show you how to make some today!

coffee cozy

For this project I used:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts holiday stencils
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paints
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Sparkle Texture Effect
  • Sheets of felt
  • Hair elastics
  • Buttons
  • Pinking shears

I’m not going to lie to you. This project is indeed easy, but it took me three tries to get it right! I am lazy. I’m also horrible at sewing. The first two times I tried to make my coffee cozy I didn’t use a pattern and I just guessed where I should sew. It didn’t go so well. Then, I found this pattern by House on Hill Road and things went much more smoothly!

Step 1: Trace your pattern onto two pieces of felt and cut out with pinking shears.

coffee cozy

Step 2: Cut a hair elastic in half and sew the ends together. Place the hair elastic in between your felt and sew the felt pieces together using a decorative stitch. Go over your elastic a few times to make sure it’s secure.

Step 3: Mix your paint together. I really loved the sparkle texture so I used it on all three cozies. It creates a beautiful, sparkly, raised texture.

martha paint

Step 4: Using a pouncer, apply your paint to your stencil.

Step 5: Sew on a button and you are done! For this cozy, I used an old earring as my button fastener.

coffee cozy

Aren’t they cute?

coffee cozy

Here are a few close-ups so that you can see the sparkle texture in action:

coffee cozy

coffee cozy

Step 6: Fill your mugs with Starbucks gift cards, homemade marshmallows, hot chocolate, cookies, candy, etc. and give to your neighbors or special someone.

coffee cozy

These cozies will be going to Asher and Zephan’s teachers. I hope they like them!

coffee cozy


how to make coffee cozy

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Martha Stewart’s Crafts and Plaid. The content and ideas are my own.

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    • Beth @A to Z says

      If I can sew you can too! I am horrible at it but learning. Seriously anything I do on this blog you can too!

  1. Kathy t says

    I love these little mug cozies The teachers will really appreciate . i’ll have to try this sparkle medium -thanks for sharing

  2. Mandy says

    Those are cute! One question though, why do you have to cut the hair elastic in half and then sew the ends back together?? Doesn’t that make it… a circle? Maybe I’m missing something…. (as usual lol)

    • Beth @A to Z says

      Hi Mandy,
      My hair elastics were rather large and I could get two elastics out of one for this project. I pinched the hair elastic in half, cut it, and then sewed the ends parallel together to make an oval instead of circle. Does that make sense? So sorry I didn’t take a picture of that step!

  3. says

    Nice job! What a great gift idea. They look like they would fit a Tim Hortons (that’s my Canadian showing through) or Starbucks paper cup. I have a few coffee lovers in the family. Think I will make like a copcat and copy! Thanks for the great post. Cheers!

    • Beth @A to Z says

      Thanks Karen! I haven’t tried them yet on a paper cup but I’m guessing that if you use the same pattern you would just adjust the placement of your button accordingly. Copy away!

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