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How To Make A Coffee Mug Cozy From A Sock

Have you ever wondered what to do with the socks whose mates were lost in the time/space vortex known as the dryer? Well, if you’re all stocked up on hand puppets, rice heating pads and dusting supplies, I have an idea I think you’ll love.


  • Scissors

  • Sock (preferably a long one)

  • Fabric glue, iron-on seam tape, or a needle and thread

Step 1: Measure the section of your travel mug/coffee cup that you want the cozy to cover. Add one inch to your measurement. I actually added a little more because I wanted the cozy to be a little scrunchy.

Step 2: Cut the top section of the sock (that would normally cover your ankle and calf) to fit the measurement. If the lower section (that would normally cover your foot/toes) is long, you may want to set it aside to make a cozy for a short mug or cup. (Instructions below)

Step 3: Turn the sock inside out and fold down one inch of the cut edge. Secure the seam by gluing, ironing, or sewing it into place. If you use fabric glue, I recommend spreading the glue before you fold the edge over, then placing a heavy book over the sock while it dries. I left mine in place for about an hour.

Step 4: Turn sock right side out and fit onto your mug.

How To Make A Coffee Mug Cozy From An Old Sock

Follow steps one through four above, then cut a slit in the sock make room for the handle. After cutting, trim away any frayed edges and apply a thin layer of fabric glue to prevent future fraying. As long as just a little is used it will be invisible when it dries.

This is what it will look like when it’s done.

Step 6: Sew on a few decorative buttons if desired.

Care instructions:

Dry clean only. Just kidding. It’s a sock – wash and dry as needed.


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