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Monday, June 17, 2013

Koozie Tutorial

 



 
Doesn't everyone need a koozie? My hubby loves them.  So, Happy Father's Day. You are the best dad, and you help keep me sane. I love you! I hunted for a koozie tutorial or pattern, and  I couldn't find one I liked.  So, it was up to my own brain and a dash of help from a friend for the design. 
 
 





You'll need:
    1 fat quarter or scrap of fabric. The inner lining can be the shiny silver insulbright.
    Small bit of cotton batting
    1/4 inch elastic or use whatever size you have on hand.
    Thread to match, scissors or rotary cutter, and sewing machine.

I cut the outer fabric, inner lining, and batting at 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
I cut 2  pieces of 1/4 inch elastic at 2 inches
Heat Bond for applique if needed

 
This is the shiny side of the Heat Bond that I iron to the fabric per instructions on Heat Bond.

 
I am going to iron this down onto fabric. It will stick to it. Then, I will cut out the design.
 
 
Once you have cut out the design. You will peel off the paper like a sticker and place these on the fabic where you want them appliqued and iron. It will stick to the fabric. Heat Bond is one of my favorite things. I thought this would be scary, but it isn't. It makes cutting small pieces very easy.
 
 
 
I want the batting, then outer fabric right side up (meaning-you can see the pattern on the fabric). I put the two pieces of elastic on one the right side of the fabric about 1 inch away from the top and bottom. Pin the elastic down..  The last layer is the backing. Place it wrong side up.

 



Pin it. I just keep it all lined up. Take it over the the sewing machine and sew around the outside. You will want to go over the elastic a couple times for security.


It nice with this thread. You can see what it looks like. I left about a 3 inch opening on the opposite end of the elastic. Back stitching on each side of the opening.


I trimmed the edges and the corners for better turning.

 
This is turned.
 
 
Before I get to the elastic, I am going to topstitch around the edge and leave the left side open for the elastic. I used the matching thread here.

 
I tucked the fabric on the open end here.

 
  I am going to slip in the elastic about 1/2 inch.
 
 



I am going to wrap the elastic to the back and pin it.  Now, when I stitch the side together, the elastic will be sewn to the under side. This is the only way that I found that I didn't have to fight with it.
 
Now, when I stitch the side together, the elastic will be sewn to the under side. This is the only way that I found that I didn't have to fight with it. After thought, I could've just pinned them regular and used the arm sleeve on my machine. My machine is sunk down. So, this is just as good.


Here's another look before I sew it. I am going to go over the  elastic and sew it.
 
 
It's not the neatest but no one is going to be looking at that part. Haha. Now, it's time for a cold drink. I hope you liked this one. Pretty easy peasy. Blog at ya later.
 
 

 
 
 






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