- Print out two copies of the mug template and cut one ‘mug’ outline and one ‘inside mug’ outline (that’s the oval shaped piece at the top with the dotted line going through it!)
- Pin the mug template to a double thickness of wool felt in your choice of colour (I used a caramel colour) and cut two ‘mugs’, ensuring you cut away the felt within the handle. This will give you a Mug Front and a Mug Back.
- Pin the “inside mug’ template to a scrap of dark or coffee brown coloured wool felt. Mark the dotted line onto the right side of the felt and cut out one of these around outline. Don’t cut along dotted line at this stage.
- Place a few drops of craft glue onto the reverse side of the dark brown felt and position it at the top of the mug front to resemble the coffee inside the mug. Make sure you don’t place the glue too close to the outside edge, nor too close to the centre……you only need a few drops to hold it in place as once it dries sufficiently, you will blanket stitch around the outside edge of the dark brown using two strands of DMC 434 and if the glue is too close to the edge, it will be difficult to stitch through. Same goes for the centre as when you cut through the dotted line, you want it to be as easy as possible so you don’t cut too far – dried glue through the centre would make this more difficult!
- I have provided two sayings to stitch onto your mug. You will find these on the page that prints out when you print the mug template. You choose which one suits your ‘coffee-lover’ best or you could come up with one of your own.
6. Trace the saying onto greaseproof paper….you won’t need a lightbox for this as the greaseproof is quite transparent. 7. Position the greaseproof paper onto the Mug Front so that it is centred and pin in place. (you may like to tack it down, that’s up to you.) 8. Fuse lightweight interfacing onto the reverse side of the mug front, behind where the stitching will be.
9. Stitch the design through the greaseproof paper, felt and interfacing using 2 strands of DMC threads …..I used 816 for the main words and 839 for the words “Strong Coffee”
(this is what the reverse side will look like, but don’t worry…no one will ever see it!) 10 When you have finished stitching, tear away the greaseproof paper. You will need to use your quick-unpick to remove any small, stubborn pieces of paper that will get lodged under a stitch….be careful not to pull them out. This is what the Mug Front will look like to this stage…. 11. Here is when you can hand blanket stitch around the dark brown ‘coffee’. 12. Using the quick unpick, carefully ‘cut’ through both the dark brown felt and the lighter felt behind along the dotted line. Use the sharp embroidery scissors to ‘expand’ the opening, by neatly trimming away the edge of the marked dotted line. This will create a cleaner opening. 13. Place your Mug Front and Mug Back together, right sides out and pin. Using your sewing machine with matching thread, stitch around the entire outside edge using a 1/8 inch. You may find that some edges don’t quite match, even with the best intentions…….use your sharp embroidery scissors to trim these up evenly. 14. Place your coffee ‘shots’ in the pocket and send them off to a dear coffee loving friend.**NOTE – Since using this technique (which, don’t get me wrong, worked very well and quite easily and with good results I thought) I discovered Saral paper, which is a graphite transfer paper you can use as in step 6 but directly onto the felt. You would have to use a ballpoint stylus of some sort though as the Saral paper is quite fine and may tear easily. I had some success but it still wasn’t perfect. After that I ordered some Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens and these seemed to work a treat. You have to be careful with the hot iron though, to ensure you don’t ‘shrink’ the felt. I might try these alternative techniques properly with some more Coffee Shots….. I need to make some of these for my Birthday-Love stash box…..I know just who to make them for!!!! *wink* I hope you liked my tutorial and find it useful and fun. In the meantime, don’t forget to go and visit the rest of the contributors and share the woolly love! Big woolly hugs to Denise for hosting the hop…… Here is the schedule for the rest of the week…. Thursday, September 26 A Quilt and a Prayer Kat and Cat Quilts Rosebuds Cottage By The Bay Neddleart Sugarlane Designs (that’s me!) Sheila's Quilt World
Pieced Brain Friday, September 27 Hallbrook Designs Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals Mummzy Stamps Meadowbrook Friendship Crossing Fryeber Color Point Quilter Sugary sweet hugs xox :o)