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Upcycled Felt Mug Cozy

Its coming up to the time of year to be thinking about thank you gifts for teachers. It’s nearly winter so I thought it would be fun to come up with a practical gift which combines upcycling with keeping mugs of tea warm whilst on playground duty… hence the upcycled felt mug cozy:)

Upcycle Felt Mug Cozy - step by step instructions to make your own

To make your own felt mug cozy will need:

100% wool jumper washed on the hottest setting in your machine to felt it (handwash labelled jumpers only as they have not been treated with chemicals to prevent felting)


Printing set

Embroidery thread



To make:

Lets start with making a template for your mug. Wrap a piece of paper round your mug, work out the width of felt. Allow a piece to pass under the handle in order to secure the mug cozy with a button.

Paper template for felt mug cozy

Cut your felt to match your template.

Mug cozy template

Blanket stitch round the edge of your felt.

Blanket stitch edge

Print a sentiment onto your calico. Trim to size.

Print the calico

Place on your felt, consider where you would like the sentiment in relation to the handle of the mug.

Attach sentiment to mug cozy

Using bondaweb adhere to your felt. Machine stitch round your calico to fully secure.

Lastly pin the mug cozy into place in order to work out the placement of your button hole, and button.

Placement of button

Stitch your button hole and add your button.

UPcycled Felt DIY Mug Cozy


What’s your favourite homemade teachers gift?





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Carole Stanitzki

Friday 18th of December 2020

Great idea !! Many thanks !! WHERE can I get the pattern/Tutorial for this mug rug please??


Friday 4th of December 2015

Fabulous idea and useful to.


Thursday 3rd of December 2015

I love this up-cycled idea, the printing is great for personalising too. :)

Huisje boompje boefjes

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

That's a great idea! Cute.


Thursday 3rd of December 2015

That's so cute! Well, there's my mum's Christmas sorted. :-)

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