Author and designer Susan Beal follows up on the success of her Modern Log Cabin Quilting book with a new title: Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year. Celebrate the seasons as you stitch! Make Vintage Scarf Headbands in spring, Porch Swing Pillows in summer, a Patchwork Throw in autumn or Cozy Wool Slippers in winter… There are many projects to choose from, all easily adaptable to suit your needs or your gift recipient’s style.

From the publisher:

    From autumn’s bursts of orange and red to spring’s lush greens, summer’s long-lasting golden light and winter’s cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. In Sewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer, and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color, and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.

Today Susan and the publisher are sharing a project excerpt from Sewing for All Seasons. Learn how to make these Coffee Press + Coffee Cup Cozies, and comment for your chance to win a copy of the book and a kit with everything you’ll need to make the cozies! We think these would make a really special holiday gift (for loved ones or for yourself!).


I love coffee and I’m rarely without it in the mornings. I needed cozies for my French press coffee maker and my favorite to-go coffee cup, so I decided to sew them in a mix of pretty prints. I chose deep, dark, coffee brown so the inevitable sloshes and spills don’t show!

Dimensions:
Coffee cup cozy: 3 by 101/2 in/7.5 by 26.5 cm
French press cozy: 61/2 by11 in/16.5 by 28 cm

Techniques Used:

  • Cutting without a pattern
  • Cutting with a pattern
  • Seams
  • Turning right-side out
  • Topstitching
  • Stitching a loop
  • Edge-stitching
  • Sewing on a button

Pattern Needed:

Materials (for both cozies):

  • 1/8 yd/12 cm of each of four print fabrics of your choice (or you can use remnants), fabrics A, B, C, D, for exterior
  • 1/4 yd/0.25 m coordinating solid fabric (I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Chocolate), for lining and exterior
  • 1/4 yd/0.25 m fusible batting
  • 11/2-in/4-cm piece of sew-in Velcro
  • 9-in/23-cm piece (1/8 in/3 mm wide) narrow elastic
  • Two 7/8-in/2.25-cm buttons (or the size of your choice)

Tools:

  • Quilt ruler and pencil
  • Paper scissors
  • Pattern paper
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Hand-sewing needle

Cup Cozy:
1. Using the quilt ruler and pencil, create a paper pat¬tern that is a 21/2-by-4-in/6-by-10-cm rectangle, and cut it out with the paper scissors. Ideally use pattern paper that is semi-opaque, so you can capture any part of the fabric print you like. Enlarge the Coffee Cup Cozy pattern and trace it onto pattern paper, transfer¬ring marks. Cut out the pattern.

2. Using your rectangle pattern from step 1, rotary cutter, cutting mat, and quilt ruler, cut one each of the four print fabrics. Also cut three 11/2-by-4-in/4-by- 10-cm strips of the solid lining fabric.

3. Arrange the rectangles in a row so you like the mix of fabric prints left to right: we’ll call them A, B, C, D. With right sides together, stitch A to a strip of the solid lining fabric along a 4-in/10-cm side with a 1/4-in/ 6-mm seam allowance, then stitch B to the other long edge of the solid fabric the same way. Sew another strip of solid fabric to the other side of B, then add C, a strip of solid fabric, and finally D. Your four prints will be in order, neatly separated by thin strips of your solid lin¬ing fabric (see fig. 1 below for an example of this arrangement).

4. Press your finished patchwork panel front and back with the iron, pressing the seams toward the solid panels each time. Following package instructions, fuse the batting to the wrong side of the panel. Topstitch along each edge of your solid fabric strips.

5. Pin the Coffee Cup Cozy pattern over the patchwork-batting panel and cut it out (see fig. 1) with the fabric scissors, and then cut a second cozy shape out of your solid lining fabric. Layer and pin the patchwork-batting piece and lining piece, right sides together, and stitch around the perimeter using a 1/4-in/6-mm seam allowance, leaving a 21/2-in/6-cm opening on the bottom edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to secure.

6. Clip the corners and turn right-side out. Press raw edges under at the opening, pinning it closed, and press all edges flat. Edge-stitch around the perimeter of the cozy, including the opening, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam to secure it.

7. Wrap the cozy around your coffee cup and mark where the overlap is. Separate your Velcro into pieces and edge-stitch one piece on the outside left edge, and the other piece to the inside right edge, so they line up for closing when the cozy is on the cup.

French Press Cozy
8. Using the same rectangle pattern you created to make the coffee cup cozy, cut two rectangles of each of the four print fabrics for a total of eight rectangles, cap¬turing any print pattern you’d like. Cut three 11/2-by- 71/2-in/4-by-19-cm strips of the solid lining fabric.

9. Arrange your rectangles in a row so you like the mix of patterns left to right: we’ll call them A, B, C, and D. Pair them with a second set of contrasting rectangles below, like a double-decker version of the coffee cup cozy (see fig. 2, above). With right sides together, stitch each of the vertical pairs with a 1/4-in/6-mm seam allowance. You can use any combination you like. Press the seams to one side.

10. With right sides together, stitch your first vertical pair of print rectangles to a strip of the solid lining fabric, along a 71/2-in/19-cm side, using a 1/4-in/6-mm seam allowance. Then join the second vertical pair of print rectangles to the other long edge of the solid fabric in the same way. Sew another strip of solid fabric to the other side of the second pair, then add the third vertical pair, a strip of solid fabric, and finally the fourth pair. The four sets of prints will be in order, neatly separated by thin strips of the solid fabric.

11. Press your finished patchwork panel front and back, pressing the seams toward the solid panels each time. Following the package instructions, fuse the batting to the wrong side of the panel. Topstitch along each edge of your solid fabric strips.

12. Cut a piece of solid lining fabric the same size as your patchwork panel (71/2 by 111/2 in/19 by 29 cm) and pin them right sides together. Mark the top center with a pin or fabric marker, and cut a neat 3/8-in/1-cm V at the mark out of both layers for the French press spout. Leaving one short side open, stitch around the perimeter with a 1/4-in/6-mm seam allowance.

13. Trim the corners and gently turn the French press cozy right-side out, smoothing the V. Press the raw edges to the inside 1/4 in/6 mm along the unsewn short side. Wrap the cozy around your French press and mark where the inner section of the handle is with pins. Cut two 41/2-in/11-cm pieces of the elastic and fold them into loops, pinning them into the folded, unsewn edge of the cozy, inside those handle markings. (Mine measured 2 in/5 cm from the top edge and 3 in/7.5 cm from the bottom edge, but fit your cozy to your French press so it works well with your handle.)

14. Edge-stitch around the entire perimeter of the French press cozy, following the line of the V and stitching down the pinned section to catch the raw ends of the elastic loops securely.

15. Hand-sew two buttons to the other side of the cozy with needle and thread, matching the position of the elastic loops.