Whipup tutorial: Button-up cup cosy

by kath_red on 31/01/2012

in Whip Up Tutorials

Button-up Cup Cosy

This cute and cheerful cup cosy would make a great gift, or else you might like to make a few to brighten up your tea set for when guests visit.


  • 2x Scrap of fabric approx 30 x 15 cm / 12 6 inches
  • Small piece of thin elastic (an elastic hair band will be perfect)
  • Button
  • Needle and thread
  • Pen and paper

Step 1. Make your pattern 

  • – Grab your favourite mug or cup and lay it down on your piece of paper, resting it against the handle. While rolling the cup from end to the other, trace the base and then the top of your mug. Draw a joining line at the ends. After you have cut out the pattern, check it is symmetrical. Do this for each of the cups you wish to make a cosy for.

 Step 2: Sew together

  • – Place your 2 pieces of fabric right sides together and then pin your pattern on top of your double layer of fabric, and cut it out exactly without adding any seam allowance. Then sew around three of the outside edges, leaving one short end open.

Step 3: Add the tie & button

  • – Turn the sewn piece right side out, and press flat. Press the seam allowances on the open end under. Then take your piece of elastic and fold it in half and pin it inside this open edge. Then sew this edge closed, enclosing the elastic, sew over the elastic a couple of times to strengthen it. Sew a top stitch around the perimeter.
  • – Sew a bright button on the opposite side of the cup cosy piece and you are done!


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jacqui January 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Very cute! I’ve made a few like this before and may I offer a suggestion? Sew the elastic into the end you are machine stitching instead of doing it by hand – over time the elastic gets put under quite a lot of strain and the hand stitching won’t hold it as securely or neatly.


2 Paula February 1, 2012 at 3:43 am

These are so cute! I need to make a few because my coffee always gets too cold too fast. I wonder if you could put some kind of insulation fabric in the lining?


3 kath_red February 1, 2012 at 5:31 am

sure – why not layer some batting or felt in there to keep your coffee extra warm.


4 Micupoftea February 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Cute, quick and fun! TFS~


5 Erin February 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Why not use Insul-bright insulated batting to keep your tea cozier :)


6 MizWasy February 22, 2012 at 4:00 am

You can also use Thinsulate inside (like what’s in apparel or lunch bags) to really help with the hot/cold bit. I don’t have a resource for it, but saw a video where it was used inside coffee/tea cozies and for cold beverage wraps, too. Awesome pattern!


7 Time Traveller November 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for sharing!!! :)
I’m anxious to try this one! :)


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