sweater for my mug…

I recently cut up an old hand-me-down pair of sweatpants. They were from name-a-store-that-caters-mostly-to-teens and I don’t know whether it’s just the way they cut their sweats, or if they shrunk a little too much in the wash with their previous owner (but only in the butt region)… I know it is not because of my post-baby (and currently-holding-baby) body just doesn’t work with their style because they were given to me before I was pregnant with Eli and, gosh, those sweats were not even “hipsters” … they were like, below-the-hipsters. “Uncomfortable” doesn’t even do them justice. “Impossible to wear” would be more like it! Unless you have no butt.

And so they got cut up. And I’ll show you kind of how I cut them up in another post because they were used for something else as well. For now I’m just showing you what I did with one of the scraps of cut-up-sweats.

A sweater for my mug. That pretty red material is not my sweats… just some fabric I had laying around. You can see part of the sweats peeking out on the bottom rim.

There is how it is held on to the mug – a button and old pony-tail holder that broke last week thanks to my even-thicker-than-normal crazy pregnant hair. I usually have the gap positioned behind the handle of the mug… it is just turned to be able to show you how it works.

This is what I had originally intended it for, because I had used an old Starbucks sleeve as my template for cutting material, but I must have cut a little off because the mug sweater just slid right off this Starbucks mug. I could probably have put another button on to make it tighter… but I use my own mugs MUCH more often than I ever get coffee so it works out :)

Ahem… and also please note cute tiny thumb of toddler trying to steal my Starbucks cup… he likes to help mommy “make copfee”, and also likes to sit and pretend to drink “copfee” from my empty cups. Yes, we go on coffee dates together :)

Here is the reverse side of the mug sweater.

I roughly used this tutorial, and I would definitely recommend it :)

Things I did differently:
– I skipped the quilt batting. Since I was using sweatpants material, I didn’t need any extra heat-absorption :)
– I did not pin anything. ‘Cause I’m lazy  gutsy like that. (Ha.)
– I used a combo of fusible webbing stuff (the kind you use an iron for) and hand-sewing instead of using my machine… because machines frustrate me…


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