Introduction: Reversible Beverage Holders

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100% cotton beverage holder that is machine washable and reversible.

Step 1: Trace and Cut Template

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Trace template A (found in attached PDF file) onto template plastic or cardboard. (A computer printout of template A on stiff paper works too.) Cut out your template so you can use it cut out the arch shape out of your fabrics.

Step 2: Cutting Your 2 Fabrics and Your Batting.

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Choose two fabrics that look nice together, and a lightweight batting. I like to use cotton, but any lightweight thin (low loft) batting will work fine. Pin the three layers together (2 fabrics and 1 layer of batting) and pin the template to the top of your stack, than cut along the edges of the template. You should end up with 2 fabric and 1 batting arch shaped layers. (If you prefer to trace the template onto each layer, and cut one at a time that will work too.)

Step 3: Joining the Layers Into Cones...

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Take one of your fabrics and line it up next to the batting with the wrong side of the fabric lying against the batting. Than fold the arch in half right sides together. Stitch along the flat edge to make a cone shape.

Take the other arch shaped piece of fabric, fold it in half right sides together and stitch along that flat edge. Turn it inside out so your seams are on the inside of your cone. Now place this cone inside of the cone containing batting, and line them up so they are sitting comfortably inside each other. Do not try to line up the two seams though…it is best if they do not line up as they will create bulk if they land in the same spot.

Step 4: Joining the Cones Together...

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Now, machine stitch along the inside of the smaller bottom circle opening attaching the two cones together at the base. You should end up with something hourglass shaped as in the attached picture when the inside layer is pulled out from inside the cone.

Once your sure you have that completed, flip the cup so the right sides of your fabric are showing, one on the inside of the cup, and one on the outside. (Because these cup holders are reversible, it does not matter which fabric falls on the inside or outside.)

Step 5: Cut and Add Binding to Top of Cup

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Now, you will need to cut binding to wrap around the top of your cup holder. Cut a 2½ inch strip of fabric that is at least 14 inches long. Fold it in half wrong sides together, and iron it so there is a nice, crisp fold at the top.
Now, face your binding strip up against the inside of your cup holder with the open sides facing up. Fold the beginning end at a 45% angle with the flap of fabric laying against the open seam line as shown in picture for this step. Once you have it placed how you want it, pin it in place. Stitch around the circle leaving at least a ¼ inch seam allowance. When you hit the end of the circle, stitch right across your existing stitch about an inch. Snip off the extra unused binding.

Step 6: Finishing Off the Beverage Holder

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Now, you can hand stitch the other side of the binding to the cup holder.


VIOLA! You should now have a completed, reversible cup holder that will keep your hot beverages hot, and your cold beverages cold.

Comments

lori o (author)2007-11-26

i don't understand how you close the binding for a tidy seam! Help?

marthasinstitches (author)lori o2007-11-26

I'd love to help...I'm happy your trying out my pattern! Are you struggling with the binding around the lip of the cup? What I do is once I have my binding cut and ironed in half, wrong sides together, I machine stitch it to the inside of the cup, starting with one end folded at a 45% angle. (see pictures in instructions for that step.) When I have stitched all of the way around the cup, and I reach my folded 45% angle again, I continue to stitch right across it, using my previous stitch line as a guide. Here you are literally stitching on top of your starting point. Once I have stitched past the starting point by about a half inch or so I stop and cut the extra fabric off. Than I fold my creased side of the binding over to the outer lip of the cup and hand stitch it down. All raw edges should be tucked in under the creased binding. With practice, you can hide most of the hand stitching and it looks neat and straight. The binding is by far the trickiest part, but with each one you make it gets easier. Quilts are often bound the same way, and it leaves you with a nice mitered looking seam. I sure hope this helps...it is hard to explain and not nearly as complicated as it sounds. If you are still having trouble don't hesitate to contact me again, OK? Good luck and enjoy your cup holders! :-)

lori o (author)marthasinstitches2007-11-27

Thank you! I've been quilting for years and always forget how to do this exact finish with the ends of the binding! (It's like forgetting how to spell 'as' or 'of' somethings just fall out of my brain! I love the reversible idea here and tried it yesterday with my own pattern and it was too small. So, I'll use your template. Also, I like the look of double cotton batting. What is your experience with this variable?

marthasinstitches (author)lori o2007-11-28

I have never tried doubling up the binding, but I think I'll give it a try now! ;-) Let me know if you continue to have trouble with your binding. I'm a quilter too, and these little cup holders make great gifts...I wish I had time to make an actual quilt for everyone...but I don't. he he.... Anyway, best of luck!

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