- Thick felt (approximately 5 mm thick, I bought 5 different colors)
- Thin felt (for the decorative part) (I used colors that would match the colors from the thicker felt)
- Sewing machine (also possible to sew it by hand)
Step 1: Cut the Felt Components
I took the mugs from IKEA, which have, I hope, standard size.
Cut out a rectangular piece of from the thick felt (for me: 26.5 x 6 cm). This is the basis for the mug warmer, depending on how many you would like to make, you can cut out more pieces.
After that, you can think of shapes to decorate the mug warmers. I took a star, a crown, a hedgehog, a heart and a bee. To find nice shapes, it might be helpful to think of your family members and what shape fits them most (like the crown for the boss of the house for example).
Now sketch the shapes onto the thinner felt and cut them out. If you don't feel comfortable drawing the shapes free-handed, you might want to use cookie cutter as a template.
Step 2: Sew the Decorative Shapes Onto the Thicker Felt
The bee was actually supposed to look a lot cuter and less agressive, but the zig-zag stitch made it looke like it had teeth :).
Step 3: Sew the Ends Together
Sew the "real" mug warmers together. Afterwards (optionally) you can cut the overlaying felt along the seam. Then, place them on your mugs and enjoy a nice cup of tea!
PS: If the circumference of your mugs is longer than your mug warmers, you did not read step 1 carefully enough :).