Tuesday 3 November 2009

How To: Cafetiere Cosy

My sewing project on Sunday night was to make a birthday present for my boyfriend's mama: a cafetiere / French press cosy in blue to match her kitchen.She has long admired the red coffee cosy I made for my boyfriend's birthday last year, so (fingers crossed) it should go down well!If you'd like to make a cosy for your own cafetiere...

You will need:
- a thick wool jumper/sweater, turned into felt (instructions for this can be found HERE)
- co-ordinating fabric, washed and ironed before use
- sewing thread to match the felt (& white thread if you're using velcro)
- either narrow elastic & 2 large buttons OR sew-on velcro OR 2 large snap fasteners
- paper for pattern making, a tape measure, pins, scissors and sewing needle
- a cafetiere / French press

To make the red design (fastened with 2 elastic loops and buttons)

1) Draw a rectangle large enough to wrap around your cafetiere. 28cm x 14cm should fit a standard cafetiere, but I'd recommend measuring yours to get one that's just right. Use the tape measure to measure round the cafetiere and use these measurements to draw your pattern, cut it out then hold it against the cafetiere to see if you're happy with the size.

2) Pin your pattern to a piece of felted sweater, and cut around it. Then do the same with your fabric, this time leaving a 1.5 cm border all the way around it so you can fold the fabric over.

3) Pin the felt to your fabric, placing your pins in the middle of the rectangle and taking care that the "wrong" side of the felt faces the "wrong" side of the fabric. Then gradually work around the edge of your cosy, tucking the excess fabric under and pinning the edges in place.4) Using neat running stitches, sew along both the long edges of the cosy twice - once a few mms from the edge and once 1cm from the edge, removing the pins gradually as you sew. Leave the short edges open. You may also want to sew a short diagonal line from each corner to sew the turned-under fabric neatly in place.5) Securely sew 2 buttons in place on one end of your cosy (the positioning of these will depend on what kind of handle your cafetiere has), and sew two small loops of elastic in the same positions on the other end (sewing the ends between the felt and fabric to keep them hidden). I sewed the buttons on first, then held the cosy round the cafetiere to help me measure and position the elastic loops. Secure the elastic with a couple of loose stitches first, then test they're the right size before you sew them on tightly. Alternatively, instead of elastic buttons you could sew four lengths of ribbon to use as ties.

6) Finish your cosy by sewing along the short edges to match the other sides - one line of stitches near the edge, and a second 1cm from it.
To make the blue design (fastened with velcro or snap fasteners)

A) Follow step 1 above, but add another rectangle to your pattern so you have a section that will wrap right round the cafetiere (through the handle) with enough overlap for you to attach your fasteners. Mine was 8cm x 4 cm.B) Follow steps 2 & 3.
C) Sew your two lines of running stitch around your cosy, stopping a cm or two from the ends and leaving the short edges open so you can sew on your fasteners:D) Position your velcro or snap fasteners and sew them in place (use white thread for the velcro so your stitches are hidden). Sew one side first, then wrap your cosy around the cafetiere to help you perfectly position the other side so your cosy will fit tightly.
E) Finish your cosy by sewing the open ends to match the other edges (with two lines of running stitch).

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many cosies as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my tutorial on your site. Thanks!
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Allison said...

This is a great tutorial! I was actually thinking of making one of these for my husband for Christmas. Yours look great.

Josie said...

I love your tutorials!
One of these would be a great present for the fella's parents. Thankyou!

paperpocket said...

how wonderful. I'm having a handmade christmas this year and these will make so lovely pressies.

Thanks :D


CrystaL* said...

This is an awesome post! Thanks for sharing I am going to make this next week. We only drink french press and it gets cool before we can drink it all!

Carla said...

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Content in a Cottage said...

This is genius! I've always wanted a cozy to wrap around my french press coffee pot to keep the second cup warm. Thanks for teaching me how to make one. ♥Rosemary

Vicky x said...

Great how to, thanks :)

Sam said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was just thinking I needed a coffee cosy this morning, and then later on I discovered your blog while browsing the web for Christmas ornaments. I'm really enjoying your blog and all the lovely things you make. Thanks again.

Kate said...

This is a great tutorial!

mrskatik said...

this is brilliant - i decided to make one for a friend after noticing she always wraps a teatowel round her cafetiere and this gave me loads of pointers. i'm so pleased with the end result. my sewing projects are usually much better in my head than they are in reality!! but this one is fab because i followed your steps. i also stitched the word coffee on the front in a handwriting-y sort of font and i think it looks really cool. now to make one for me!! thank you x

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the kind comments everyone! :)

MrsKatik - I'm thrilled to hear you used this tutorial to help you make the gift for your friend! I love the idea of adding some stitched wording to the front, too.

Anonymous said...

Hi, know this is an old post but hope you spot this comment. I have been asked to crochet a cosy for a cafitiere and have been only given a photo of said pot no dimensions. On searching, the pot you have used in your pics is very similar to the photo I have been given. Is it a standard 8 cup cafitiere with similar dimensions to a bodem one? It I is meant to be a surprise gift so tricky to get dimensions many thanks

Bugs and Fishes said...

Oh gosh, I'm sorry, I don't know! I don't own this cafetiere any more.