French Press + Coffee Cup Cozies from Sewing for All Seasons

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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!

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)


  • 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.

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142 Responses to French Press + Coffee Cup Cozies from Sewing for All Seasons

  1. Gina says:

    I have been wanting to make a cup cozy all season… This is perfect. Thank you!

  2. kay says:

    Sew adorable! Can’t wait to create!!!! 🙂

  3. Lizzie says:

    Perfect for my sis! I love the techniques list!

  4. Carol P. says:

    Love the cozies! The book looks wonderful.

  5. Amanda says:

    I was just saying we needed a French press cozy. 🙂

  6. Joanna NY says:

    Cute Coffee cup cozy. I’ll make some family and friends. THanks!

  7. Danneel Mitchell says:

    Would love to win! Will be making that cozy too!

  8. Wanda says:

    Wonderful idea a coffee cup cozy and French Press cozy to match. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and a Kit too!

  9. marta says:

    Love books full of quick and easy projects like this one!….thank you

  10. Katie Wells says:

    Thanks for this chance to WIN love this site

  11. Katie Wells says:

    Thanks for this chance to win, I love this site

  12. Marlene C says:

    Am always looking for coffee cup holders and these are so classy. Great gift idea.

  13. Mrs. T says:

    The cup cozy pattern looks great. These would make fantastic gifts and the book looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  14. Honey says:

    I really like that the fabric you used is something a guy would use…and it doesn’t show coffee sloshes. Brilliant! Would love to receive your book for more ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. lesley says:

    these are great projects for gifts!! thanks so much and happy holidays!

  16. tracy reed says:

    I love the coffee cup cozy. I’ve been wanting to try to make one. the tutorial looks excellent.

  17. Wendy says:

    Love the tutorial! Wouldn’t that make a great gift with a Starbucks gift card

  18. diane says:

    oh my a cure for that pesky press getting cold before its time. terrific!

  19. Mandi says:

    beautiful! I could stand to make a few of these as gifts…

  20. Michelle Lafayette says:

    Would love to win!

  21. Sandy says:

    Love the French Press Coozie with matching Coffee Cup Coozie!!! The Book looks great with Projects I would Love To Make!

  22. Rachel McC says:

    Yes!! That French press cozie is the perfect idea!! 🙂 wondering what other amazing crafts are in that book…

  23. Janice Svercek says:

    Great tutorial and the book looks fabulous.

  24. Jenny L says:

    Those are really cute!

  25. Debbie Holladay says:

    Will definitely be trying this project!!

  26. Heather in VA says:

    I’m completely in love with the French Press cozy! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  27. taysha r says:

    Great project! I would love to win.

  28. Carmen says:

    I love coffee cup cozies – and I really like the fabric used in this project!

  29. Emily C says:

    Love the cozies. Perfect color. I initially thought you used that color because you love coffee.

  30. Kelly says:

    Love the coffee press cozie – cute idea. I can’t wait to see the other projects in this book.

  31. Tammy Lyons says:

    Oh these look fabulous. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. I would love to own this book.

  32. Prachi says:

    The cozies would make some quick but lovely gifts.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book !

  33. Sherri S. says:

    Coffee fanatic here! Love these (and the book looks lovely, too). Thanks for the tutes and for the chance to win!

  34. bookboxer says:

    What wonderful gift ideas! Thank you for sharing with us.

  35. Debbie says:

    What a great idea to make a cozie for a coffee pot;never thought of that.

  36. Elizabeth in Ga says:

    What a cute coffee cover! Thanks again for another great holiday idea, keep ’em comin’!

  37. Stephanie says:

    Looks like a good book.

  38. I am not a coffee drinker, but I do know some and this book sounds fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial!

  39. Jessica w says:

    cute pattern, I will have to make one for my mother in law

  40. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    Ooh I love the fabrics she chose for the cover. So pretty!

  41. Wendy says:

    I am going to make my Mom one of these cozies!

  42. Mom C says:

    I like the directions and the finished product. They look great. Thanks.

  43. Tasha says:

    Love books full of quick and easy projects like this one!

  44. Cathie says:

    These are so cute. I would just love to make sure for all my coffee and tea drinking friends. What a simple and great idea. Thanks for the chance

  45. Lora W. says:

    The cozies are nice. I am a beginning sewer but I think I make one. thanks for the giveaway, too!

  46. Nancy Lewis says:

    This pattern and tutorial is wonderful. I, too love my coffee in the morning and this would make it looks so much better than just a boring old cup. TIA.

  47. judi says:

    What a lovely book! And I have been thinking about making a cozy for my French Press!

  48. Maria M. Mercado says:

    I’ll have to make the French Press Cozy; it’s just adorable!!

  49. Karen S. says:

    I’ve made many cup cozies, but hadn’t thought about making a matching French press cozy. Appreciate the inspiration!

  50. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    This looks interesting! I know several people I could make the cup cozies for!

  51. jen says:

    Love it!

  52. Vicki Welin says:

    I’ve been looking for a cup cosy pattern for aaaages so this is perfection!

  53. Emilou says:

    Thanks for the French Press cozy pattern as my daughter uses the press exclusively for her coffee. What a most wonderful gift for her, so excuse me, I am going to go sew this up. Blessings and smiles, Emilou 🙂

  54. Jess says:

    Ooh, if I don’t get this book for Christmas I am definitely buying it for myself in the New Year – it looks awesome!!


  55. HeatherK says:

    This is such a fast, cute project. I’ve done this with crochet, now I’ll have to try it with fabric. Thanks for sharing.

  56. I love coffee. I don’t know why it took me so long.

  57. Barb B in BC says:

    Espresso coloured fabric – now that is thinking. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

  58. Shawn J says:

    Hi, I drink coffee every morning and this would keep it warmer longer. Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. jessicac says:

    Awesome book, plus a kit to make it?! Count me in please!!

  60. Marita says:

    My french press needs a cozy – thanks for sharing.

  61. Karrie Smith says:

    Looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  62. Rachel B says:

    One more reason for coffee to make me happy! Yay.

  63. kathyh in or says:

    I’m on my second cup of coffee.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. Nancy M says:

    Sweet project! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  65. Danielle says:

    This is much cuter than wrapping a tea towel around the french press, which is what I do. Great idea!

  66. Silvia says:

    The French press cozy looks great, I think I’ll have to make one for myself to prevent the coffee from cooling while I work. I love the fabrics used, those patterns are lovely.

  67. usairdoll says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I’ve had my eye on this book and fingers are crossed, hehe.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

  68. Andrea says:

    I really enjoyed Susan’s first book. I will need to add this one to my wish list! Thanks for the tutorials!

  69. lynaeve says:

    I love your coffee cozy. Thanks for the tutorial

  70. Carla Lockwood says:

    These are wonderful! I was looking for a gift to make for coworkers & this looks perfect! Thanks

  71. Judy says:

    The coffee cozies are great and everyone in my family loves coffee so they will make great handmade gifts to give.

  72. Littlegreydog says:

    I love your choice of fabrics!

  73. Emi in IN says:

    The book looks AMAZING…and this idea is brilliant – esp for my (french-pressed) coffee addict husband :o)

  74. Jansie says:

    Fabulous project! The book looks wonderful, thank you for sharing!

  75. Karen says:

    What gorgeous fabric … and a great tutorial!

  76. Heidi says:

    What a fun book!

  77. Kathy h says:

    Very nice tutorial on making the cozies. Thought they would make great quick gifts for my coffee (and tea) drinking friends.

  78. Becky in PA says:

    I love this idea for sewing throughout the year!

  79. Tanis says:

    Aww I love these cozies and I have the perfect coffee lover I can make these for 🙂

  80. Bethany Martini says:

    What a fabulous idea, they would make great gifts too!

  81. leanne says:

    I loved Susan’s Modern Log Cabin Quilting book and this one looks just as good – thanks for the chance to win a copy and also for providing the tutorial for the french press and coffee cosy !

  82. Karen L says:

    Such great gift ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  83. Linda L. says:

    These will be on my make-for-Christmas list for sure!

  84. melle e says:

    I have been planning to make mug rugs for Christmas presents. These will go along nicely for a really thoughtful gift!


  85. Robin in AZ says:

    This is soooo on my list to make. My one dislike about my French press is that the coffee has cooled before I am ready for my second cup. This would help that. I was initially thinking red, since my press is red, but the point about spill is a good one.

  86. Linda Armenti says:

    Love the Coffee Press and matching cup cozies. That’s one easy project I really need to make.

  87. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I’m going to make several of these cozies — one set for me and more to give away.

  88. Allison C says:

    Looks like a great book!

  89. Anke says:

    Love it!

  90. Carrie P. says:

    thanks for the opportunity to win the book and kit. The cozy would certainly make a great gift.

  91. Jane S. says:

    That French Press cozy is really cute! I like the way it fits so snugly around the canister. Thank you for the tutorial, too. 🙂

  92. Tamie says:

    This book looks like it would be a great addition to my library and I have someone that would love a coffee cozy.

  93. Vicki H says:

    I jest received a French Press a couple of weeks ago. I am going to make the cozy for it. Thanks.

  94. Lee says:

    I am in love w/ the cute French press cozy! looks like such a great book! thanks!

  95. Margo says:

    What stylish cozies! My naked french press could definitely use one. Thank you for the free pattern!

  96. Ellen M. says:

    I need some quick gift ideas – this would be great. Many thanks for the chance!

  97. Sallie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

  98. Callie says:

    Lovely! I would also love to make a cozy that goes over top of a french press– like a tea pot cozy.

  99. Alys says:

    That’s delightful! I’ve seen cup cozies before, but not one for the press. Hope the rest of the book is as interesting!

  100. Emme in OR says:

    Been wanting this book for ages!

  101. Paula says:

    This looks like such a great book, and I really admire Susan! Thank you for the giveaway!

  102. Jennifer says:

    These look great!

  103. Anya says:

    What a wonderful book! And this is a great tutorial.

  104. Lorrie says:

    Love the matched set in coffee-coloured fabric!

  105. ahk says:

    Would love this — giving my teenager the same kind of cup for the morning java!

  106. Samantha says:

    I am a beginner and the projects in this book look like they would be perfect!

  107. Shanley says:

    truly a coffee-necessary day… it is windy and damp up here in the great white north! perfect time to settle in for some sewing, too..

  108. Jenn says:

    Yay! Thank you for this lovely tutorial! It’s like you’re in my head as I was just thinking that I need a cozy for my coffee cup. 🙂

  109. jayne says:

    I love this book! Great pictures, instructions and the projects are fantastic!

  110. Wendy TC says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! This will give me a head start with next year’s gifts!

  111. Julie says:

    I might have to try making this for some friends for presents! Very cute!

  112. Kirsten in CO says:

    A french press cozy has been on my list for years. Right now I’m using a Beatrix Potter tea cozy, it’s cute but not very sophisticated.

  113. Flicsha says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas. I make everything for my Christmas gift giving. I am all ways looking for the next project to make for someone.

  114. Wendy says:

    These are SO cute! And the book looks like it is full of great patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  115. Kristin H says:

    Such a cute set of patterns! I have a knit french press cozy, but it’s a bit harder to throw in the wash than this would be.

  116. M says:

    Cute and functional!:)

  117. Jenny says:

    This book looks wonderful and I love the cozy pattern.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  118. Anya says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

  119. Patricia says:

    Beautiful cozies, thanks so much for this pattern and for the chance to win.

  120. Von says:

    Love cozies! They make great gifts!

  121. Jenn says:

    What a great idea for us coffee addicts! Thanks for the chance to win!

  122. Charlotte L says:

    What a great idea! I love my french press but it gets so hot! Thanks

  123. Jocelyn says:

    My daughter is a coffee-holic (Starbucks to be specific) and would love a coffee cozy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  124. Erika (CA) says:

    A great idea. My husband uses a press when we go camping and it gets cold fast. I honestly never even thought of this.

  125. julie hahs from FL says:

    I love the pattern layout so neat.

  126. ang says:

    love coffee!

  127. Vero Et says:

    How lovely

  128. Liz Gesner says:

    Oh this book looks amazing! I have a french press and some of my absolute favorite coffee being delivered today, so I may just have to adapt this cozy to fit my press!!!

  129. Nupur says:

    Lovely tutorial and the pattern on the fabric is just gorgeous!

  130. Marcia S says:

    Would love to make these for my son and Daughter-in-law! They would really like them!

  131. Diane says:

    Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m going to try making the coffee cozy for my hubbie.

  132. Gina S. Ia says:

    Thanks for the pattern. Need to make a few of these for Christmas

  133. Crystal in Canada says:

    I need more sewing books! Thank you!

  134. Jamie Steadman says:

    The cozies are super cute!

  135. Tammy says:

    Those are so pretty! I’d love to see the rest of the projects in the book!

  136. kaholly says:

    Great tutorial. Haven’t made any of these, but have wanted to!! The book looks delightful.

  137. Ann says:

    I love the idea of a French Press cozy!!–I take forever to drink my coffee and this would keep my brew nice and warm.

  138. Gab says:

    I love the idea!
    I have only made crochet coffee cozy holders. Will definitely adventure today and give this pattern a try (beginner).
    Thank you!

  139. Kokko says:

    Those cozies look great. Making them coffee coloured is very clever! I tried to make some mug cozies once but made them in a not very practical light colour. They ended up being used as small plant pot covers instead!

  140. Katy says:

    This looks like a great book! I can’t wait to make some cozies 🙂

  141. Joen says:

    This would be a great gift for my nephew, as he loves his French press and makes his to go coffee every morning.

  142. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Great gift project – thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win.

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