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Ideas: Sewing for Your Sweetheart

Handmade coffee cozy from web 'how to' by Sharon Neth

Look out - Valentine's Day is nearly here! It's not too late to whip up something special for your favorite sweeties.

This time of year nothing warms the heart (and hands!) like a nice, hot cup of comfort. Whether your special ones are a coffee, tea or cocoa person, a handmade cozy to slip over their hot cup is a simple but sweet way to say "I love you".

Thankfully, the Internet being the vast place that it is, someone has already posted instructions for making a fabric coffee holder. There is a pattern you can trace, and ideas for using recycled wool scraps. Pacific Fabrics has so many cute cotton prints available. I like the idea of using a heavy interfacing like Timtex as the base for the holder - you could simply cover it with your fabric of choice, and lap the edges for your holder. Flannel would make an especially soft and warm 'cozy'.

If you have an embroidery machine, Anita Goodesign has a special Valentines 'In The Hoop' design pack. There is a door wreath/centerpiece, a wall hanging and a gift card holder - all stitched and assembled right in the hoop! Other great stitched Valentine-themed embroideries include cards and Accessories - perfect for a personalized gift.

Hugs and Stitches!

--Katrina

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