A toast to you! How to craft stem glass cozies
Hi Sewing Friends,
Happy New Year! Let’s raise a glass and make a toast to boldly going where we’ve never gone before! Let 2013 be the year to challenge yourself in the world of sewing by taking your skills to the next level. If you’ve alwaysdone alterations, move on to sewing garments. If you’ve only made pillows, set your sights on draperies or slipcovers. Take on something interesting that will challenge you and force you to learn new techniques.
When you begin a new project, conduct a quick inventory of your available stitches, presser feet, threads and interfacings. If you’re brand new to sewing and received a sewing machine as a holiday gift, the project below is just for YOU! The Stem Glass Cozies are an easy afternoon project that will familiarize you with your machine and sharpen your skills while constructing. These washable gems are definitely a confidence booster!
STEM GLASS COZIE
When making this project, I noticed that “One size fits all” does not apply to Stem Glass Cozies because bases vary in size. Measure the base of your stemware to determine which pattern size to follow.
KEY* In the directions, 2.5″ = small 3.5″ = large
- Make a circle template with 4.5″ diameter (small) or 5.5″ diameter (large)
- Cut 4 strips of linen 4.5″ x 18.5″(small) or 5.5″ x 21.5″ (large) and iron-on interfacing to the back side
- If you’re including narrow ribbon in your border, iron it in place using Wonder Under.
Do NOT use Heat N’Bond (as it will gum up your needle and cause skipped stitches)
- Select the center stitch and sew down the ribbon. You can see from the completed strips I used single, 2X and 3X stitch elongation for the center bead stitch. For the border, I programmed two stitches for a unique sequence.
- TIP* For a slight sheen you can use embroidery thread (upper thread only!–use regular sewing thread in the bobbin)
- When stitching is complete, place the Folded circle template on the fold of the strip and
re-mark around the 1/2 circle (you should fit 4) Cut out the 1/2 circles along markings
- Cut 4–double layer circles . 4.5″ diameter (small) 5.5″ diameter (large) I used Wonder Under to
adhere the circles together.
- Arrange the stitched bordered half circles in an overlapping pattern. Place the plain double layer
circles over the arranged cozie topper and pin in place.
- Use the presser foot as a guide along the outer edge and stitch around the entire circle.
Trim seam allowance to 1/4″ and turn right side out. Place them face down on the ironing board and steam press.
Insert a stem glass base and pour a Toast to YOU!
Sew your Dreams,