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Needle-Felted Heart Mug Cozy

Felting intertwines wool fibers with each prick of a barbed tool. Here, wool roving is easily transformed into an adorable mug cozy that keeps your drink warm and your hands protected.

felted heart mug

Photography: Kara Whitten

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our contributor Kara Whitten.

 

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materials

  • Felting needle tool (Pictured: Felting needle tool, $17, clover-usa.com)

  • Wool roving, 2 ounces of each color per cozy

  • Needle-felting mat

  • Button

  • Sewing needle

  • Thread

steps

  1. Measure the circumference of your mug: Lay down your roving onto the needle-felting mat, ensuring that it fits the length of the circumference of your mug. Use several strips of roving to create a band that is approximately 2 to 3 inches wide.

  2. Felt the roving by repeatedly pricking the fibers all over with the needle tool until it starts to bind together and become matted. Continue along the length of the roving strips. (This process will take about 10 minutes of felting.)

    felted heart mug cozy how-to
  3. Choose a coordinating roving color and use it to form a heart, the word "love," or any other chosen design. Felt the patterned roving until it melds with the felted band.

    felted heart mug cozy how-to
  4. Once your piece has become one dense piece, trim off any excess from the sides, top, and bottom of the band.

    felted heart mug cozy how-to
  5. Using a piece of excess trimmed felt, attach the piece onto the band in a loop.

    felted heart mug cozy how-to
  6. Sew a button onto the opposite side of the band. Then, slip the cozy around your mug and fasten it closed with the button and loop.

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