Armchair Template

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, here’s how to make the perfect gift for a Coffee-loving Mum, or indeed for any Coffee-Loving friend at any time of the year.

To make the Coffee Lover’s gift set you will need the following;

0.25m of Seafoam Dots fabric for the exterior of the Cosies.

0.25m of lining  fabric for the backing of the Cosies.

1FQ of plain quilting cotton for the binding

0.5m 6mm elastic for button closures

0.5yard Insul-Bright heat-resistant wadding/batting

4 white buttons

Wool scrap 5″ x 5″ (12.5cm x 12.5cm) for the armchair applique

Scraps of cotton fabric 1.5″ x 1.5″ (4cm x 4cm) for the cushion appliques

Double-sided fusible web for the applique (I used Steam-A-Steam 2)

A walking foot will be helpful for the quilting, and an Open-Toed Darning/Free-motion foot is needed for the raw-edge applique.

The Armchair template for the applique (click on the link for the template)

The Cafetiere and Mug Cosies are made in the same way, the only difference is in the dimensions.

Creating the quilted fabric

Measure the width and height of your
Mug and Cafetiere and cut pieces of your exterior fabric to match these
dimensions plus 0.5″ all round. Cut pieces of the wadding and exterior
fabric to the original dimensions plus 1″ all round.

Layer up the pieces
in the following order;

  • Top          – Exterior Fabric
  • Middle     – Heat-resistant wadding, shiny side down
  • Bottom    – Backing Fabric

Pin baste the fabrics together and quilt.

I
quilted a cross hatch pattern using the dots as the centre of each diamond.
When
you have quilted your fabric pieces, trim them to the dimensions of
your Cafetiere and Mug. For information my pieces were trimmed to the
following dimensions;

  • Cafetiere – Height 6″ Width 11.5″
  • Mug        – Height 3.5″ Width 9.5″

 

Applique

When you have quilted your Cafetiere piece you need to add the applique armchair to the front. You can download the applique template at the link above.

Copy the armchair template outline onto the double-sided fusible web and cut out roughly around the shape. Remove the other paper backing and fuse the transferred outline to the back of your wool scrap.

With sharp scissors cut out the armchair following the outline you previously drew.

Repeat with the cotton scraps and the cushion square outlines.

Find the centre of the quilted Cafetiere cosy and arrange the armchair applique on the quilted fabric. Once you are happy with the placement fuse the applique piece to the quilted fabric.

With a dark thread in the needle and a cream/light thread in the bobbin and using your Open-Toed Darning/Free-motion foot stitch around the outline of the armchair twice. Using the template as a guide stitch the outlines of the chair arms and seat cushion, again stitching twice round for emphasis.

Fuse the cushion applique pieces in place and with matching thread in your needle stitch around the outline twic.

Button Loops

I used the elastic for the button loop closures so cut 3 x 3.5″ lengths of elastic for the Cafetiere cover and 1 x 3.5″ length for the Mug Cozy.

With raw ends together match up the raw edge of the elastic with the raw edge of the quilted fabric on the backing side. Place one loop closure in the centre side and the other two equidistant above and below the first, check that these will not be obstructed by the Cafetiere handle and stitch to the quilted fabric backing using a scant 0.25″ seam to ensure that the stitching will not show when the binding is attached.

 

Binding

Cut and piece together sufficient 2″ binding strips to
bind your Cafetiere and Mug Cosies. Fold the pieced strips in half
lengthways and press.
With raw edges together pin and stitch the binding strip around the exterior edge of the cosy, mitring the corners as you go.

Fold
the binding over to the back of the cosy and pin making sure that the binding covers the line of stitching made by attaching the binding to the front of the quilted fabric.

Stitch in the ditch, i.e. in the seam between the quilted fabric and the binding front, to attach the binding on the back, stitching your elastic button loop closures in whilst you do. Make sure that your elastic button loop closures are only stitched over at the edge by keeping the loop out of the way when you stitch.

Attach the white buttons to the the opposite short edge of the Cafetiere cosy from the elastic button loops.

Put the kettle on, wrap your cosy around a Cafetiere and Mug and let your Coffee Loving Mum enjoy a long, hot mug of coffee!

Follow my stitching adventures and travels at http://celticthistlestitches.blogspot.co.uk/

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