I walk most days of the week during the winter or play golf a couple of days a week in the summer with five close friends. We do not always exchange gifts at the holidays, preferring to grab a cup of coffee or lunch as a way to spend a little extra time together. However…
During a lovely chat, my friend Taylor of Native Designz, asked if I knew how to crochet. “Sure, and I can knit.” She went on to say that she thought coffee cup cozies were a popular item and that I might want to consider adding them to the Hide A Heart Etsy Shop. “I posted a photo of one on my FB page. You could call them ‘Heartwarmers’ she added enthusiastically!
I immediately went to Taylor’s FB page and scrolled to find the photo she had mentioned. She has been ill for a while, so knew I wanted to make the cozy and send it to her as a surprise.
Then I Google searched coffee cup cozy patterns until I finally found the exact one she’d posted. Luckily the pattern was available and I set to work making one for Taylor. The cozy I made for Taylor was a little different because I added a little pocket into which I tucked one of the Hope & Healing purple hearts for encouragement.
Choosing a Cost Effective Coffee Cup Cozy Pattern
Since the cable stitch pattern took a fair amount of time to make, I decided I would need to find a simpler pattern that could be knitted up in about 3 hours or less if I was actually going to create the cozies to sell. I found the easy pattern I was looking for on Bernat.
You may have to join a knitting pattern site to download the pattern, but often it’s free so not at all a problem.
At first I was going to knit the cozy but modify the pink ribbon to begin at what looks like a heart shape. Then it struck me that I could probably find a knitted heart pattern.
A Gift the says I Love You
Machine washable and dry Red Heart with Love 6mm yarn was on sale for $3.99 a skein from Joanne’s Fabric. I already had size 6 knitting needles, a size 3 crochet hook and tapestry needle on had.
Digging through the craft bin, I rediscovered the pewter coffee cup buttons made in Italy I’d bought at least ten years ago for $3.99.
Then, I set to work. To my delight both the cozy and heart pattern matched up exactly without the need for modification!
While at Joanne’s Fabric I found the cutest cello bags by Martha Stewart Crafts on sale for $3.99.
I picked up the reusable coffee cups and lids Starbucks is selling for $1.00 each and loaded $5.00 on to 5 gift cards.
Viola! What do you think?
I’m heartily tickled and can’t wait to give these gifts to my friends!
I’ve made A Latte Love Charm Cozy available in my Etsy Shop too.
PS: Taylor is somewhat under the weather and without heating oil, but today we made a Merry Warm-N-Cozy Christmas for Taylor!