Making a koozie is one of the simplest sewing projects you can think about. You can do it in such short a time. Aside from that, you can choose to add some appliques and trims to your design – and presto – you have already personalized it. Here are the steps in making your own koozie:
- Step 1. Scour for a good piece of fabric. Look for something colorful or novel. Measure the fabric for the outside part. It should be 9 ½” wide and 7 ½” long. See if the design of your chosen fabric demands or designates a particular direction. Position or align it with the width. It should run horizontally (9 ½” wide).
- Step 2. Prepare your lining material. Again, measure it properly. Afterwards, cut it using the width and length specified in Step 1.
- Step 3. Fold your fabric into half. It is important to match your fabric’s short ends together with the right koozie sides. Use your pins to hold the ends. Start sewing on the pinned edge. Make sure to allot a seam allowance, about ½”. When the sewing is done, iron your seam so it opens and gives you a tube.
- Step 4. Move your tube to its side. Place your seam on one side. Keep it centered. Press your tube until it becomes flat. Look for the bottom edges. Pin them together by sewing a seam right in the middle. Again, guarantee a seam allowance of about ½” on the pinned edge. Create the crease at the side of your koozie by ironing the seam open.
- Step 5. Look for the bottom seam. Find its center. From each side of your bottom seam’s center, make a mark, about 1 ¼”. Pair your creased sides with your bottom seams and then, promptly pin them. Note your pinned points. Across their span, begin sewing. Any surplus points 1/4 “ from your sewn seams should be cut off.
- Step 6. Prepare working on your lining. Repeat Steps 3, 4, and 5 but leave an opening, about 2”. It should be along the short side steam when you turn right side out your koozie.
- Step 7. Once your lining is also prepped up, go back to the fabric. Turn it right side out. Immediately after that, put your fabric into your lining. Double-check the top edges. They should match. Do the same for the sewn seams. Continue by pinning around the edge and then, sewing along it. You should have a ½” allowance for the seam. Once you have finished pinning and sewing, prepare to trim your seam to about 1/8”. Again, turn it – right side out. Do it into your lining’s opening. You can close the opening by hand sewing it.
- Step 8. Press the upper part of your fabric and then stitch it, about ¼” away from the edge.
It matters if your koozie material has some weight. Ideally, it should
be made of denim, tapestry, or duck. Imagine any outdoor material that
you can use specifically for your patio pillows and cushions. It allows
you to do your project a lot easier because it can hold up firmer and