Recently a friend of ours organized a High Tea event to raise money for the “Taiwan Xi En Orphanage" (you can read more about this organization HERE)! I wanted to quickly whip up some items for the giveaways that they were doing during the High Tea and I thought it would be so fitting to make some crocheted coffee/tea sleeves for the event! I had previously seen some moustache coffee sleeves on-line (which I knew would be perfect since it’s Movember) but when I tried to look up a pattern to follow, I could not find any simple sleeve patterns worked in the round with the shape that I wanted. Thus, I decided to create my own and share the pattern with you!
We brought home one of the cardboard sleeves from Starbucks so that I could roughly estimate how wide and tall to make mine. I had to keep in mind that the cardboard does not stretch whereas yarn has more give and of course will stretch. I needed to make my sleeve more snug to provide some leeway, otherwise it would be too big and potentially sag down. I also wanted to get the correct shape so that the sleeve tapered downwards and would stay on the cup!
I first used some cotton I had in my yarn stash to crochet a sleeve. I whipped it up in no time and was very happy with the result. Ryan then had the idea to try using hemp to crochet a second sleeve! We had some hemp lying around our house as we had used it to hang Myla’s pictures and tie the balloons for her “Cute As A Button" birthday party (see here). Ryan thought hemp would be a great material to use since the sleeve would have a cool, organic look to it and the colour matched the original Starbucks sleeve! I adjusted my original pattern of course since the hemp was much thicker than the cotton!
Instead of having to create my own moustache pattern, I found this really great one on the “Red Heart” website (designed for their Mug Hug) HERE! These moustaches are super easy to crochet and have a great shape. Random fact and in case anyone was wondering, apparently “mustache" is the U.S. spelling of the word whereas "moustache" (which is the way I’m used to seeing it) is how it’s spelled in all the main varieties of English outside of the U.S.!
We then sewed the moustaches onto the sleeves! Be sure to shape and curve the moustaches appropriately as you sew them on to achieve maximum moustache-ness (or else they could look like a weird squiggle or line!) :D I was so excited to try these sleeves out on actual coffee cups of varying sizes and I was delighted to see that they fit perfectly!
Crocheting with hemp was definitely hard on the hands but the result is worth it! I love the look of the hemp sleeve and it is hardier than the cotton one as it won’t fuzz up and probably won’t get dirty as easily!
***Here is the very simple pattern for these coffee sleeves:***
Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds) so that there was no seam!
Using medium (4) cotton yarn of desired colour and a 4 mm crochet hook,
Chain 35 and join first and last sts to form a ring, being careful not to twist sts.
R1-2: Sc 35 (35 sts)
R3: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 5 times (30 sts)
R4: Sc 30 (30 sts)
R5: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 5 times (25 sts)
R6-9: Sc 25
Fasten off and weave in end.
To crochet moustache, follow the free moustache pattern HERE! Choose thickness of black yarn and hook size depending on size of moustache wanted (for my cotton sleeve, I used lightweight (3) mercerized cotton and a 4 mm crochet hook). Sew moustache onto sleeve using black embroidery floss.
Using hemp and a 4 mm crochet hook,
Chain 30 and join first and last sts to form a ring, being careful not to twist sts.
R1-2: Sc 30 (30 sts)
R3: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 5 times (25 sts)
R4: Sc 25 (25 sts)
R5: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 5 times (20 sts)
R6: Sc 20
Fasten off and weave in end.
To crochet moustache, follow the free moustache pattern HERE! Choose thickness of black yarn and hook size depending on size of moustache wanted (for my hemp sleeve, I used medium (4) worsted weight acrylic cotton and a 4 mm crochet hook). Sew moustache onto sleeve using black embroidery floss.
These sleeves are very simple and can be personalized and embellished in so many ways! You could add some beautiful edging to the top and bottom- check out Moogly’s round-up of free edging patterns HERE! And of course if moustaches aren’t your thing, you could totally add something else to your sleeve, either felted or crocheted: Crochet Pattern Central has a large round-up of free crochet appliques HERE.
Below are some free applique patterns that I thought were super cute (click on the names to access the patterns)! (1) Cupcakes by Janet of “Damn it Janet, Let’s Crochet” (2) Snowman by Sarah of “Repeat Crafter Me" (3) Mouse Heads by Sarah of “Tiny Teddies Boutique" (4) Owls by Sarah of “Repeat Crafter Me”
I’m actually not much of a coffee drinker myself, but I recently tried something at Starbucks that was really neat: a Butterbeer frappuccino! I found this recipe on the Starbucks Secret Menu HERE and was excited to try it out- it does not taste like the Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios but it does have a nice rich butterscotch-y taste, and be forewarned that it is VERY sweet! I thought I should pass along this neat recipe in case any of you were interested :)
These moustache coffee sleeves will help keep your fingers from getting burned and will look so cute as you sip your daily tea and coffee! They would also made lovely gifts for friends for Christmas or for Movember and they are extremely quick to make! For something similar to a coffee sleeve, make a custom cup cozy for your mugs by checking out one of my very first blog posts, the “Cup Cozy Tutorial" HERE! It’s awesome being able to use something crocheted on a regular basis that is so useful and that you can keep stashed in your bag for whenever you need it! Have fun and stay warm :)
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A while ago I tweeted this picture of a pen cozy I had just whipped up because gripping my pen was hurting my fingers! I write a lot of session notes at work and I do not like developing calluses or getting funny-looking indents in my finger. And so, I quickly crocheted this little cozy out of mercerized cotton to perfectly fit my pen ;) This cozy adds some colour and a lot of comfort to my pen! Problem solved :D
A year ago I did a series of blog posts showing some simple ways to crochet cell phone cozies. Cozies made using Tutorial #1 had crocheted edges while Tutorial #2 showed the “sock method”. Tutorial #3 involved the use of fabric lining- the pink cozy with wooden button (the one I actually made for myself) was made using this method. Back then I made it to fit my future iPhone which I did not get until several months later. I love having a handmade cozy to protect my iPhone in my purse. It’s fun popping it in and out too :)
Let’s take a look at some cell phone cozies that people have made for their own cell phones!
Audrey of Audrey’s Corner from Germany made three cell phone cozies using my tutorials! She used the crocheted edges method and made some for her friends as well. I love how she used a different yarn colour for crocheting the edges. It gives the cell phone cozies a nice two-toned colour variation!
Audrey added a dainty flower to the bottom of this delicate cozy…
And she added a cute cherry button in the corner of this cozy which she made for herself!
Kai Yee of Alberta, Canada learned to crochet recently and has become a big supporter of my blog :) She started by making cell phone cozies and has now learned how to read amigurumi patterns and make some beautiful amigurumi! I love this bright green she used and how she added a cute giraffe and elephant on the bottom. She used the sock method described in Tutorial #2. It’s wonderful how so many young people are taking up this awesome hobby :)
Tiffany made a front flap and crocheted button for her cozy using the sock method! The stitches in Tiffany’s cell phone cozy have a different look because she crocheted in the front loops only. You can see the lines on the flap since the back loops are not crocheted in. There are many variations you can do with these cell phone cozies!
Rahmeh of Exceptionally Ordinary of Jordan also made a cell phone cozy with a front flap and crocheted button using the sock method. It’s nice having that extra protection of the front flap so you really know your cell phone won’t accidentaly pop out!
Kristi is a friend of mine who was interested in learning how to crochet. I sent her some youtube videos and had her over a couple of times to give advice or answer any questions she had. Kristi totally blew me away as she picked up crocheting so quickly and really took off with it. She’s made some awesome creations, from adorable hats and baby bear suits to amigurumi food. I absolutely love the cell phone cozy she made below. The fuscia pink and lime green work so nicely together, and the added wristlet is a great way to carry this cozy around. The little green heart is so adorable. Learn how to crochet a heart here.
Kristi made these two as well: she used a technique called the “reverse single crochet" or "crab stitch" to do the unique top edging on the cell phone cozy on the left. It gives a kind of roped effect. See Planet June’s tutorial on how to do it here.
Brittany of Georgia, USA was a newcomer to crochet and she tweeted me this photo of her first cell phone cozy! I think her cozy looks so mod with the colours and pink button in the corner. Brittany followed my third tutorial and used a beautiful pink lining to contrast the bright green. Wonderful job, Brittany!
Babby tweeted me a photo of the cell phone cozy she made for her mom’s birthday! She also used the fabric lining method and said her mom loved it!
Višnja of Serbia used a flower lining for her cell phone cozy and an animal-print button to pop against the pinkness! You can get so creative choosing different colours, fun buttons and unique fabric- it’s neat seeing it all come together!
Amanda of Wisconsin was new to amigurumi and crochet when she stumbled upon my blog. She sent me many photos of her work as she has grown to love her new hobby. I included her “Sweetheart Bunny" in my last Crochet Corner post. Here, you can see her yellow cell phone cozy. Sometimes it’s hard to add charms to phone nowadays, but you can add charms to your cozies as Amanda has done!
Frau Shizzle tried crocheting again for the first time since elementary school to make these cozies. She made one using fabric lining and one using the sock method- she says she likes the sock method most. I love her colour choices as the taupe yarn, greenish button and beautiful lining work so well together in her first cozy. The striped earth tones of her sock cozy look wonderful together as well! I love them both :)
Lastly, here’s a great way to “amigurumi-fy” your cell phone cozy! Studio Ami took inspiration from my tutorials and made this ADORABLE cell phone cozy based on the cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. The front flap serves as the face with the large round eyes and cute nose. She also added triangles on the top of the flap for the ears. How creative!
If you’re new to crochet, these cell phone cozies are a great beginner project since you do not need to know how to read patterns. They are very practical and functional, and they also make great gifts for friends! These would also make great last-minute Mother’s Day gifts too :) Check out all three of my tutorials here to see the different methods and to learn how to make one for yourself! Keep sending me photos of your work through my facebook page, twitter or e-mail! Thanks, everyone :)
In this week’s edition of “Crochet Corner”, we will be looking at the cup cozy. When I first made these cup cozies, I had no idea how popular they would become. My cup cozy tutorial is now the most popular tutorial/pattern on my blog :) I was thrilled to see them all over Pinterest and to hear everybody’s glowing comments. I had fun making the tutorial taking step-by-step photos and adding in arrows and instructions. I think their popularity is due to their simple, modern design that beginners can whip up in no time!
Cody of Simply Homemade used my tutorial to make this cup cozy for her daughter’s teacher, who is a tea drinker. Read her blog post about it here. Cody said that she was thinking of sticking some special teas into the cup when she gave the gift. What a wonderful idea! The variegated colour gives this cozy a lot of texture!
Lillie sent me a picture of her Christmas cozies that she made in less than 30 minutes! She said she had a lot of fun making them and that she’ll soon be making more :) Love the very Christmas-y colours of these cozies!
Jessica even took it an extra step by adding a bottom to her cozy! Her mugs look super snug now :) Jessica says that she is still getting compliments about them!
I think these cup cozies would make great Christmas gifts for the tea and coffee lovers in your life (perfect for Christmas gifts for teachers too, as in Cody’s case). Fill them up with chocolate, candy and packets of tea and coffee. Use their favourite colours and find unique and fun buttons that pop- who can resist such a lovely gift? Find out how to make them here! And keep sending me photos of your work for more upcoming “Crochet Corner" posts :)
Check out this Pokémon cell phone cozy I made for my brother! He is a big Pokémon fan and he just got the iPhone 4S :) I got one too, and we’ve been having a lot of fun asking Siri questions ;) We made a sleek, simple cozy showcasing the Pokéball design using my second cell phone cozy tutorial here (aka the ”sock method”). The pokéball looks kind of 3-D, as if it’s popping out! I used to love watching the anime and playing Pokémon, so this was a quick and fun project!
This is the third and final tutorial of my cell phone cozy series (check out the first two here and here). This one takes the most time and effort, but the results are beautiful. This is the cozy I made for myself, hence the pink- my favourite colour!
I started off by crocheting a long piece. Make sure the width of the piece is the same width as your phone (you do not have to take into account the thickness of the device as in the other tutorials).
Wrap the piece around your phone to make sure it fits.
This cozy will have a front flap, so wrap the piece over itself.
We will be making a button hole in this front flap, so make rows of single crochets that run only halfway across one side. Bind off the end when finished.
Now even it out by making rows of single crochets on the other side.
Single crochet all the way across to close up the hole. For a more in-depth look on how to create a hole in the front flap for a button, see Tutorial #2 (has step-by-step pictures with arrows).
This is the new part: we will be using fabric for the lining of the cozy! You may remember this fabric from the Spring Bunnies (lining of their ears). I had material left over, so I was happy to use it in another project. Wrap the fabric around your cell phone and sew a straight seam down the middle.
Wrap the crocheted piece around the fabric lining.
Sew the crocheted piece around the fabric lining. You can see the seam in this picture.
Sew on your favourite button with colourful thread for contrast. In this case, I used a wooden button with hot pink thread. These materials may look familiar because I used the same silk bamboo pink yarn, wooden button and hot pink thread when I made my mom’s cup cozy!
Here is the finished cozy, all buttoned up with the cell phone inside!
The fabric lining really adds a nice touch with the decorative patterns only peeking out on the sides.
As you can see, I really like pink!
This cell phone cozy is a welcome addition to the other must-haves in my purse: my Kindle (I love whipping this out and reading whenever I have time to pass), keys, handcream, Sashiko kleenex holder and now my new handmade, chic-looking cozy!
And that concludes my series on cell phone cozies :) Hope you found them useful and that you’ve been inspired to make one for yourself or for a loved one. It’s great being able to use and carry something special you’ve made that can’t be bought in stores!
This is the second tutorial of my three-part cell phone cozy series (Check out Tutorial #1 here and Tutorial #3 here). With this second method, we crochet a “sock” for our cell phones. There are no seams and no joining of edges required. This is actually my favourite way of crocheting cell phone cozies because I think it is the most simple and quick method.
To begin, you make a series of chain stitches that is about the width of your cell phone (or a little bit longer if your device is thick). Once you are done, single crochet to the left side (1) starting from the second chain from the hook as shown below in the top loops (aka back loops).
Once you have reached the left side, begin single crocheting in the bottom loops (aka front loops) of the beginning chain going towards the right side (2). In essence, we will be crocheting around and around the beginning chain.
From here on in, we will be crocheting in both loops (top and bottom or front and back loops). We single crochet towards the left side at the top (3) and then towards the right side on the bottom (4). This is similar to crocheting around a circle for amigurumi, except now we get a long, oval-like shape.
Once you keep crocheting around and around, the edges will start to curl up on itself since we are not increasing at all (the number of stitches in each row is the same). Be sure that the right side of your piece is showing outwards (see my “Right Side of Amigurumi" post).
After many more rows…
The finished product with the cell phone inside! The cozy really fits like a glove with the cell phone snugly tucked inside.
The bunny adds a nice touch :)
Next, I will talk about some other ways you can decorate or add some closure to your cozies. Here, I’ve crocheted a plain black cozy using the “sock” method.
I crocheted a 5-petal flower (click here to learn how to make them) and found a cute colourful button.
I sewed the button in the centre of the flower and sewed the flower onto the cozy for a pop of colour.
If you want your cell phone to be extra protected, you could use some form of closure at the top. For example, you could put the flower/button near the top front of the cozy and make a series of chain stitches on the back of the cozy to loop around the flower/button.
I opted to use the flower as a decoration in the corner.
Another option is to make a full front flap with a button for even more secure protection. Here, I’ve crocheted a pink cozy that is the length of my cell phone.
Next, I crochet across half of the sock (the back), chain 1 and then turn instead of continuing to crochet around in a loop.
Once the flap is long enough, we will get ready to create a hole for where the button will go through.
To create a hole or gap in our flap, we will single crochet half-way across on the right side (1) and stop. Do not continuously go across to the left side to complete the row.
Next, we chain one and go back across to the right side (2). Then we chain one again and go back halfway towards the left (3). Bind off here (or keep going a few more rows depending how big your button is).
Join yarn with slip stitch at the point indicated in the picture below. We will now work on the left side.
Single crochet across the left side (4), chain one, crochet towards the right side (5), chain one, then crochet towards the left side once again (6). Both the left and right sides should be even now.
Now, you can single crochet straight across the row (not stopping halfway), forming a hole in our flap.
Keep single crocheting rows until you’ve reached your desired length.
Next, it’s time to add our button. There are so many cool buttons out there, but I thought it’d be cute to add a crocheted button. To do this, I started off with a magic circle and crocheted around a small button (increasing then decreasing rows).
I then sewed the crocheted button onto my cozy.
And here it is with the button slipping through the hole we created very nicely :) You could also use a piece like this to hold credit cards and ID. Add a crocheted strap to the corner and you’ve got yourself a cute wristlet for days when you don’t feel like carrying a big purse!
While on a long road trip, I made these striped cozies because I was trying to think of ways to use up my old yarn from when I was little. There are so many different colour combinations to try! If changing colours, be sure to make the change towards the edges of the cozy so that the switch in colour is not readily visible.
Here are all the cozies we talked about using the “sock” method. Of course, you could add a button or do the same flap technique using Tutorial #1 (with the single crocheted edges) as well. Be sure to also check out Tutorial #3 which is what I actually used for my own cell phone!
This week I will be blogging about three different ways you can crochet cell phone cozies. There are variations within each of these three ways I’ve come up with, so hopefully there will be one way you’ll like and want to try making. Cozies are functional since they protect your cell phones, and they can look super cute and stylish too! And of course, you can use this tutorial to make cozies for any device you have, including iPods, iTouches, mp3 players, etc.
The first way consists of crocheting either one or two pieces and single crocheting these pieces together along the edges. Here, I’ve crocheted one long piece that will wrap around the iPhone 4. I measured the width of the device and single crocheted row after row until I got an appropriate length. If your device is thick (has more depth), start with the width a little bit longer than the device itself to account for this (otherwise it may be too tight). Be sure to measure your crocheted piece around your cell phone as you crochet to make sure it’s not too snug or too big.
Fold the piece in half and single crochet the edges together down the left side as shown below. Bind off and hide the ends once you’ve reached the bottom of the left side.
Attach the yarn at the bottom ride side and single crochet upwards. Bind off and hide the ends once you’ve reached the upper right side.
You should get this finished product with two single-crocheted edges!
Another variation is to crochet two separate pieces measuring the same size. I wanted to vary the texture up a bit, so I alternated rows of back post and front post double crochets (click here to see how to do these stitches).
Place the two pieces ontop of one another and crochet down the left side (1), across the bottom (2) and up the right side (3). With this way, you do not have to bind off and reattach the yarn as you continuously single crochet around the edges. The bottom gets a single crocheted edge as well (as opposed to the pink cozy above).
Here are the two cozies we’ve crocheted so far. They’re a bit plain, so if you’d like to jazz up your cozies, you can add felt pieces to make different designs.
We wanted to add a cute little ice cream cone to the pink cozy! Working with felt can be difficult, particularly if you’re cutting very small, precise shapes. And so, Ryan came up with this method to make this process easier. He sketched out the shapes that we wanted on plain paper and then carefully cut them out.
Next, we glued them onto small pieces of felt.
We then carefully cut out the pieces of felt. Here are the sides with the paper showing.
And here are the sides with the felt showing.
The ice cream cone is ready for some embroidery floss :)
Ryan added some embroidery floss for the swirls in the ice cream and also added some eyes and a cute smile, just like our amigurumi!
We then used a glue gun to attach the ice cream cone to the cozy! Of course, you can always just cut the pieces out of felt (without using paper) and sew the pieces onto the cozies as well.
The ice cream cone suddenly brightens up the cozy and adds a cute touch!
We made a cherry for the tan cozy! Thinking up different shapes and using your favourite foods is pretty fun :)
Adding a cute face makes everything super kawaii!
And here you have it! The first way to crochet cell phone cozies by single crocheting along the edges. I love making cozies since they’re pretty quick to crochet and you don’t have to keep the count (unlike amigurumi!). Check out Tutorial #2 and Tutorial #3 to see some other designs and ways to make cell phone cozies!
After making these amigurumi cups, I thought I’d try my hand at making some actual cup cozies since I love drinking tea. These cup cozies will protect your fingers when your cups get too hot from your warm drinks :) Follow along with my tutorial to make your very own!
Make a series of chain stitches and measure it around the cup you’d like to use. Make the chain a bit longer than the circumference of the cup.
Single crochet along each row until you’ve reached your desired height.
Wrap the crocheted piece around the cup (to visualize where you’ll be crocheting). Make sure that the top edge of the piece has the “v’s” showing outwards (flip if necessary). Single crochet down the left side.
Next, make a series of chain stitches to run across the bottom of the cup. Make sure the cup cozy fits nice and snug, so do not chain too many stitches. Slip stitch to the right side.
Single crochet back across from the right side to the left side (1), and then slip stitch to the left side. Then single crochet from the left side to the rght side (2) and then slip stitch to the right side.
Next, single crochet up the right side.
Now, single crochet down the right side (1), across from the right to the left side (2), and then up the left side (3) to give a decorative touch to all the edges. Of course, you can adapt how you crochet around the handle any way you’d like (depending on which side you started on).
Sew a button onto one of the sides.
Make a loop by chaining stitches on the other side. Measure it to make sure it comfortably and snugly loops around the button.
This is the finished product!
My mom loves drinking coffee and tea, so I wanted to make a cup cozy for her too. I made a few changes to this one since it was my second time around. I made the cup cozy lower so that there would be more space for the lips to drink from the cup. I also chose a cup that was two-toned (light grey on the outside, green on the inside) for colour variation, and I also used a deeper pink thread when sewing on the button for a nice pop of colour.
It was somewhat tricky crocheting a cup cozy for this cup since it tapered downwards and was not the same size throughout the height.
And so, I had to crochet this shape. I started off with the widest length and then decreased some of the rows throughout to accomodate for the tapered shape of the cup. To make life easier, I’d recommend choosing a cup that is the same width throughout.
This is how the cup cozy turned out! I followed a similar pattern to join the edges, this time adding a few more rows of single crochets along the sides and the bottom. I also placed the button further inwards and downwards to help hold the cup cozy up (otherwise the cozy would slip down).
I love the look of the crocheted cup cozies! They look both rustic and kind of modern at the same time.
And here’s what it looks like in action! Now you can look cute and chic drinking your coffee and tea :)
Try making these cup cozies with different colours and buttons! I think it’d be cute to add felt shapes, faces (a smiley cup!), crocheted hearts and flowers to these cup cozies too :) These cup cozies would also make great gifts! Comment and let me know how it goes if you try making these! To see how other people’s cup cozies turned out, check out my “Crochet Corner" post about them here :)