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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Felted Mug Hug.

Do you want to play in the weekend? :)

I'd been wanting mug hugs for a while. Some months ago I had tried to make one from old sweaters, but as the edges continued to fray, and after I had tried a variety of remedies that didn't please me at all, I gave up and let my project 'breathe'.
Then the other day, while I was doing something completely different, I thought that obviously I had to felt the wool before proceeding! And the result was perfect! The cut edges are neat and clean, see? And my mug hug so soft to handle.
If you want to play around, start felting old sweaters using your washing machine (hot setting). Use only pure wool, mohair, angora etc because acrylic fibers don't work. Hang on the line or tumble dry. You may need to repeat the process in some cases.

When you have felted the wool, you can make a mug hug.
1. Cut a stripe of the desired size/length- try it to be sure! Add about 2.5 cm./1" of seam allowance. Fold your stripe and pin, right sides together. It must fit the mug ok.

2. Turn inside out.

3. Start sewing by hand with tiny invisible stitches. This will require a few minutes only.

4. Turn once again inside out and sew a couple of buttons on the front. I used tiny, cute, wooden heart buttons, that costed me more than the sweaters! :( But I didn't break the bank :)



I made two for hubby and me, now planning on making some more, also as Christmas gifts- I hate to run :)
Have a nice weekend everyone!
Monica x

15 comments:

  1. ...ingenious way to up-cycle and soooo cute...Monica this is simplicity at it's best...Mel :)

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  2. Che idea carina!
    Ho giusto un maglione azzurro macchiato di mio marito...
    grazie per il suggerimento
    Buon weekend
    Mari

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  3. An excellent idea! You've made my day!

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  4. I love anything re-purposed and this is such a pretty one. Thankyou for sharing Monica.
    Kind Regards
    Judith
    http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

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  5. It's a very kind idea!!!It's winter also for mugs !!!

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  6. Hello dear friend, I am glad to see you are keeping warm and in such a sweet way with your mug hug. I hope you are well:)Will email soon

    xo,

    Abby

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  7. Great idea Monica and I like that they are a bit thinner than a knitted or crocheted variety. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend,
    eEredith

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  8. Super cute and cozie looking! I bet even the coffee (or tea) feels special!

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  9. What a clever idea, Monica! And I love the little heart buttons, too. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  10. What a wonderful idea, Monica....thank you so much for sharing. I have a beautiful dark grey sweater which I inadvertently felted so I'm ready to go! Will definitely put a few away for Christmas gifts!
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  11. You are so clever!!! I miss you!!!!
    Thanks for the beautiful card....;)
    Hugs,
    Mags
    xoxoxoxo
    xoxoxoxo

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  12. Da non credere!=Incredible!
    I made crocheting mug hugs :white and écru with two small glittering buttons as Christmas gift for my friends. Your felted idea is ok!
    Happy Sunday evening
    Franca

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  13. Monica these are adorable!
    I love the colour you chose and the hearts!
    I made some recently from the sleeves of a childs crocheted sweater and they were perfect fitting over my refill mug
    and a candle just as they were.
    Love checking out thrift shops for ideas to make these kind of treasures!

    Deborah :)

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  14. gorgeous upcyle! I love the buttons! I found this post originally from Pinterest. I linked to this blog post from my blog - http://iampinteresting.blogspot.com - I make the things I've pinned and then blog about them. Check it out!

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