While getting ready for a craft show recently, I came across an article by One Dog Woof. She had some fantastic thoughts, by far my favorite was on packaging, turning the “simplest things into beautiful gifts.” I gave it a go and was so glad for it.
Slipping the cozies over the cup shape template brought them into the “Great Gift Idea” instantly! I had an order for 20 of them as soon as they went public.
I worked up a super simple cozie pattern and went to work designing a cup cozy template. What’s great is the template will work for virtually any cup cozy.
Super Simple Cup Cozy Pattern
K Hook (6.5mm)
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton Yarn
Edited to Add: Thanks to some input from some great ladies over at My Hobby is Crochet, I found out these cozies have been coming up differently for different people.
Hint One: Stick with Cotton Yarn. It will hold its shape better.
Hint Two: Your finished size should be approximately 3 – 3.5 inches from top to bottom and about 8 inches around. If you aren’t getting this finished size you can drop a hook size. If you find you have too much stretch in your cozy or it is too big from the start, Reduce your beginning ch.
Hint Three: One Crocheter used the template and had her cups printed on card stock at Staples! What a fantastic idea.
Row 1: Working in the back loop of the 2nd chain from hook, HDC across. Join your last HDC to the top of your first HDC (20)
Rows 2-8: Chain 2, HDC in each HDC space around. Join with slip stitch. (20)
When you have worked 8 total rows of HDC, Join at the top and weave in ends. Use buttons or any variety of charms to decorate the cozy as you see fit. Changing up colors and yarns gives you more variety.
Super Simple Cup Cozy Printable Pattern
Cup Cozy Template
Print out the template form below, on brown card stock. I got mine in packs of 50 at Michael’s.
HINT: To keep the cozies secure in place, I use bobby pins. They slip over the stitch on the edge and the pin hides under the cozy.
Edited to add:
I was asked to post a photo of how I placed the bobby pins to secure the cozy onto the template. Photo below. The bobby pins also serve as a way to keep extra items in place, ie; tea bags, cocoa, or gift card. You can poke it out the top and still hold it in place with the pins behind the cozy.
Edited to add:
While I was out and about looking around Pinterest, I found another very talented lady who came up with a printable template several years back. It is strikingly similar to mine. If you would like to check it out, and have another option to use you can find it here:
Tinker With This
So, tell me, do you attend craft shows, as a vendor or a patron? What draws you to a product or booth? Do you have pet peeves that make you turn away from a table at a show? Things that attract you? I’d love to know!