In this instructable you will design a pattern and sew one cozy. The pattern can be reused because pints of ice cream are pretty much standardized.
These instructions would also work for making a cozy for to-go coffee cups. Just use a cardboard coffee cup instead of a pint of ice cream to make the pattern. You can use your own fabric cozy and skip the cardboard sleeves at the coffee shop - save the trees!
Step 1: Materials List
Scissors (and a rotary cutter if you have one)
Step 2: Making the Pattern
Step 3: Trace the Cozy
Leave some room at the top and bottom. You don't want it right to the top because it'll get ice cream on it every time you eat and you don't want it right to the bottom because if you sew it too tightly, the cozy won't slip all the way onto the pint.
Step 4: Measure
Step 5: Tear It Apart
Step 6: Cut
Step 7: And Now for a Little Math.
Pints of ice cream usually overlap just a small amount. I want a one-inch overlap because I find it easier to sew. Figure out how much to add to each side by using this amazing formula:
x = measurement you took in step 4 (You wrote this down, right?)
y = how much you need to add to the pattern so your fabric cozy will overlap 1 inch
1 - x = y
Divide y in half and add that much to each side of the cozy.
**Mine overlapped 6/16 of an inch. Using the formula I get 1 - 6/16 = 10/16
Half of 10/16 is 5/16. I added 5/16 of an inch to each side of my cozy.
Pictures 2 - 4: Read the notes on each photo for tips on how to easily add the desired amount in a neat and tidy way.
Picture 5: The finished pattern!
Step 8: Pattern Is Done - Time to Work on Your Cozy!
This time and every time you make a cozy, just trace the pattern onto another piece of paper.
Step 9: Pin the Fabrics
Lay your fabrics and tracing down in this order:
one piece of fabric (right-side-down), a piece of fleece, one piece of fabric (right-side-up), tracing of your pattern.
Pin it all together making sure your pins go through all the layers.
Step 10: Cut
Remove the paper from the fabric (don't unpin it - just carefully tear off the paper).
Step 11: Sew Around the Edges
Step 12: Sew It Into a Ring
Pictures 2-3: Set your machine to zig-zag. Zig-zag over the edges on that side.
Picture 4:Turn over and zig-zag the seam.