DIY fox mug cozy

mug cozy

You know how sometimes it’s the materials that inspire you to make something? This is how the mug cozy came to life! I had the neck from a wool sweater that I used in a previous project, and I realized it would be perfect to cozy up my coffee glass. I know the fox isn’t the best of them foxes, but I couldn’t resist giving it a try. Who knows? Maybe next time it will look better.

what you need

What you need:

  • scraps from a wool sweater
  • felting wool & needle
  • pen & paper
  • needle & thread
  • scissors
  • a mug (I used a glass because it has no handle & that’s how I drink my coffee)
  • sponge

measure

stencil fox

First I measured the knitted wool to the size of the glass, and cut off the excess. I then drew a fox and cut it, leaving a paper stencil behind. I placed the former sweater neck over the sponge, and the stencil on top.

felting

snowflakes

Then I filled the stencil with wool and started stabbing it with the felting needle. You can read more about this technique here – I promise it’s very simple and rewarding. Now, you can get the wool to be foxy-colored either by buying it this way, or by dyeing white wool yourself. I used the second version, as taught by Didi (the article is in Romanian, but you basically just dye the wool using onion leafs. If you’re interested, I can translate it for you).

snowflakes

feltd fox

Once the fox was done, I decided to make it snow. I used tiny pieces of white wool and stabbed them into the “canvas” at random, with the felting needle. Afterwards, I stitched eyes and a nose for the fox – you could also use dark-colored wool for that.

The final step was to stitch the lateral sides on the wrong side of the fabric, make any necessary adjustments, and to insert mug. And yes, it’s super cozy!

stitch diy mug cozy

29 thoughts on “DIY fox mug cozy

  1. This is amazing! I have to do this :D That article about colouring the wool sounds really interesting, if you find the time it would be lovely if you could translate it :P Love your blog! <3

    • Ok, so just keep some onion skins, and when you have about two handfuls, boil them in 1 liter of water, for 15 minutes. Make sure they’re clean :) Filter the skins and add 1 cup vinegar to 1l solution. Insert natural fiber (can be wool, cotton, flex) and leave it at small fire for another 15 minutes. Then remove the wool and rinse it until it doesn’t smell like vinegar anymore :) It will take a while to dry, so plan forward!
      Have fun!

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