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How To Make A Unique Embroidered Coffee Pot Cozy

This DIY embroidered coffee pot cozy tutorial was actually my first ever blog post on Pillarboxblue.

I still love this DIY coffee pot cozy and was using it the other day. That’s when I decided it was time that I bought this post up to date and re-write it.

Every time I use the cozy it brings a smile to my face, for many reasons. It combines many things I love, coffee, Gretchen Peters music, and relaxing with a little bit of embroidery when I have the time.

The coffee cozy is practical too, I love to make myself a large pot of black coffee in the morning and have it sitting on my desk. The quilted cozy as well as looking good actually helps keep the coffee warm.

embroidery lyrics for coffee cup cozy

The Embroidered Lyrics

Songs are great for evoking particular memories for placing you back into a specific place or time in your life, like the sixth-form common room. Or the song that was playing when you danced with that someone special for the first time. In my case, that was “Sit Down”  James at a student party I turned these into a supersized cross-stitched pillow.

One of my guilty pleasures has always been my love of country music, however since great programs like Nashville and Dolly playing Glastonbury country music are not so uncool these days.    A few years ago I was lucky to see one of my favorite country singers Gretchen Peters.  It was after her concert that I felt inspired to mark the occasion in some way.

I decided to do this by making a coffee pot cozy embroidered with the lyric “The secret of life is a good cup of coffee” from her Circus Girl Album.  It also embraces a few of my other guilty pleasures coffee, crewel embroidery, hand lettering, and snowclones.

coffee mug and Gretchen CD

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What You Need To Make A DIY Coffee Pot Cozy

  • Linen fabric in a natural colour – about a fat quarter (60x 80cm)
  • Patterned coloured fabric for the inside – about a fat quarter. (60x 80cm)
  • Wadding (quilting batting) – about a fat quarter (60x 80cm). I used one about 4oz thickness.
  • Denim belt loop
  • Crewel wool in three colours – If you find it hard to get hold of crewel wool embroidery thread will work just as well.
  • Fabric Transfer Iron Pen
  • Tracing paper
  • Coffee pot cozy pattern tutorial

How To Make The Embroidered Coffee Pot Cozy

1.. First, download the coffee pot pattern and enlarge it by two times. Or draw your own, make sure it is big enough for your coffee pot.

Using the pattern as a template cut out 2 pieces of the linen fabric, 2 pieces of lining fabric, and 2 pieces of wadding.

DIY coffee cozy pattern

2. Next, using the embroidery transfer pen trace the lyrics and coffee cup design on to the tracing paper. For the lyrics turnover the tracing paper and with the transfer pen draw over the lyrics again to counter the mirror image.

coffee cozy embroidery pattern

3. Next, place the lyrics tracing paper on one piece of linen and go over 3-4 times with a hot iron. As you lift the tracing paper the lyrics will transfer to the linen. Repeat with the coffee cup design on the remaining piece of linen.

Ironing on the lyrics

4. Then, just using a simple satin stitch to embroider over the transferred letters and coffee cup pattern.

Coffe cup embroidery

5. Next, iron a 2cm wide hem along the bottom of both pieces of linen fabric and both pieces of lining fabric.

6. All the fabric pieces are now ready to put together to make the DIY coffee cozy. The method for doing this is virtually the same as with my denim sunglasses case tutorial.

Sew both pieces of embroidered linen right sides together with the denim belt loop (or another fabric loop)sandwich between them leaving it open at the bottom. Then turn right sides out.

sewing in the belt loop

7. The next thing to do is to sew the padded lining of the cozy together. Place lining fabric right sides together and then sandwich between
2 pieces of wading. Trim down excess wadding and sew together. Again leaving the bottom open.

Making an embroidered DIY cofffe pot cozy

8. To finish of, this time do not turn the linning right side out. Just simply slip it into outer linen cosy. Then, sew the embroidered outer cover to padded lining leaving a bit of the inner lining showing.

DIY Embroidered coffee cozy
Coffee cozy how to make

The denim loop is handy for pulling the coffee cozy off the pot and also for hanging. I just used a belt loop leftover from the denim waistband rug I made. The rest of the belt loops can be used to decorate a denim photo frame.

Coffee Themed Gifts

I think that this lyrical coffee pot cozy would make a lovely gift. If the gift recipient was a tea drinker and not a coffee drinker it wouldn’t take much to adapt the pattern to a teapot cozy.

All you would need to do is perhaps make it a not so tall and a little fatter. You could change the embroidered lyrics to something tea related. Such are Hazel O’Connors song Will You, “You drink your coffee and I sip my tea.”

However, if you are a massive coffee drinker like me then you might want to check out this fabulous collection of coffee crafts and DIYs. Many of these would make lovely handmade gifts for coffee lovers.

DIY coffee pot pin

By the way, the crochet coffee mug huger in the picture above was adapted from a Mollie Makes tutorial.

I enjoy doing embroidery to relax and often design my own personalized embroideries. One of my larger embroidery projects was a big stitched piece I made from my kid’s artwork a quite a few years ago.

Even though my boys are all grown up now, this piece of artwork still hangs on my living room wall and reminds me of when they were little and very cute.

You can find more coffe cozy ideas here.


Sunday 4th of October 2020

Aw, I love this, Clare! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 5th of October 2020

Thank you and thanks for hosting.


Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Gorgeous, and lovely to breath new life into an old post. As previously discussed I just can't get on board with the coffee thing but I can still admire the idea and lovely stitching!!!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank you, you can always change it to a teapot cozy.


Friday 2nd of October 2020

Claire, I love that this is one of your first projects and still a favourite. It is absolute adorable, so I understand why. Thank you for sharing your embroidered coffee pot cosy project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at the party tonight and pinning too. Hugs, Kerryanne

Claire Armstrong

Friday 2nd of October 2020

Thank you, Kerryanne. It's fun to look back at your first posts. Looking forward to seeing the feature, I dindn't even know about link parties when I first started blogging.


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Still looks amazing, and so wonderful to see your first post, wow! I have quite a few posts from the early days that could also use updating, hmmm! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Thank you, it is good to go back and update old posts.


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Hello Claire, love your coffee pot cosy.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Thank you