Today I’m going to show you how I add personalized “tea tags” to my mug cozies! My Personalized Mug Cozy was an original item in my Etsy shop two years ago, and continues to be my best seller now. I can’t tell you how many customers have told me that the personalized cozy they gifted to their child’s teacher became the envy of the rest of the staff. A cozy is already a great gift… but a personalized cozy makes it so much more special!
There are a lot of personalized cozies on Etsy, and most of them use felt and the letters are hand-sewn. They look nice, but to me, there are a couple of drawbacks: they take longer to make, and, unless you are an exceptionally talented seamstress, you’re very limited as to how your letters can look. That’s why I prefer the pen method. I am only limited by my own handwriting skills!
If you need a pattern, the one I used for the cozy in this tutorial is right here.
For this tutorial, you’ll need:
- White fabric, one small piece (I start with the 99 cent bandanas at Hobby Lobby and cut what I need)
- Gel roller fabric pen (not marker, it will spread and look sloppier)
- Thin cotton yarn, cut to 12″ (I use Sinfonia, a sportweight, purchased at Hobby Lobby)
- Thread (choose a color that coordinates with your mug cozy)
- Yarn needle
- Sewing needle
- And, of course, your finished mug cozy (Need a pattern?)
Step 1: Attaching the String
We’ll start with the string:
- Thread your cotton yarn through your yarn needle. Visualize where you want your tag to be; bring the thread up through the cozy toward the top of the space you visualized (photo 1).
- Bring the yarn to the top of the cozy and over the edge. Insert the needle back into the cozy just under the edge (photo 2). You want to attach the string to the top of the cozy, but you want to give the impression that the tag is hanging over the cozy, which is why we want to hide our insertion point (photo 3).
- Working on the back of the cozy, weave the yarn through the back to make it meet up with its tail at the insertion point (photo 4).
- Tie the ends together in a double knot to secure them well (photo 5).
- Weave in ends (should look like photo 6 when finished).
Step 2: Making the Tag
How to make and attach the tag:
- Write the name or phrase on the white fabric using the gel roller pen (photo 7).
- Cut out a rectangle around the name, then cut off the top two corners to shape it like a tag (photo 8).
- Place the tag where you want it to be on the cozy. Cut a long piece of thread (I make it as long as my arm span). Fold it in half and thread both ends through the needle. From the inside of the cozy, insert it just under the tag’s bottom edge (photo 9). Bring the needle through its loop on the back to secure it.
- Reinsert the needle just above the first insertion point (photo 10).
- Continue to place small thread lines evenly around the tag (photo 11).
- Knot the yarn a few times on the back of the cozy and cut the excess off. You’re done (photo 12)!
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