Ok, here's the deal: I really like to look put together. I like to look like I'm succeeding at being an adult, can be trusted with responsibility, and wouldn't wreck your house if I came over for dinner. On a social and emotional level, all those things are true. Aesthetically, I've never trusted my instincts as much. I seem to lack the Pretty Pretty Princess gene. Therefore, for the last several years, my answer has been to keep my ensemble for the day to just a couple of colors and to match my shoes, purse, nails, and anything else I can think of to that color palette. I generally regard this as a strong plan and it seems to be working for me. I've been given both responsibility and dinner invitations.
There is one daily accessory that does not tend to match, though: my water cup. It's a cheerful green with a pale pink flower and it looks charming when I'm wearing green. Any other ensemble? It's not a cheerful pop of color; it's a sign that I don't pay attention to detail. (Me? Overly dramatic? Why yes! Thank you for noticing!) Today, I resolve to change that.
Recently, I was given a cup that is clear except for a logo in black. Not being big on wearing or using items with logos, it hasn't gotten a lot of use. You know what would cover that logo up? A felt cozy! Maybe with some embroidery! And one in every color! Time to get to work!
For mine, I used:
- the cozy pattern I drew and which is downloadable at the bottom of this post
- pen and scissors
- a pattern you would like to embroider (optional)
- small embroidery hoop
- embroidery floss
- hot glue
First I traced the pattern onto the felt and cut it out. Then I drew a simple monogram inside a square that I thought would look classy. I hooped it up and got to work!
I'm only using two plies of floss that I folded over so it's like 4 plies. I wanted to do a good job of covering up the outline (although it wasn't too visible on the navy background). When I finished, I simply hot glued the two short ends together so it formed the cozy! Hooray!
I know not everybody embroiders and I think that's a little sad, so if you're feeling uncertain, let me tell you right now that there are a TON of great videos and tutorials online. I am personally a massive fan of Sublime Stitching (both for her directions and her patterns). However, if you don't want to bite that bullet right now, you don't have to. You could leave it plain, or iron a patch on, or sew on some beads, or hot glue a bunch of sequins on. This is a quick, easy craft (great for gifts!) so you shouldn't let a little issue like the embroidery slow you down!
Matchy matchy perfection!
Even if you're not as obsessive as me about matching everything to everything else, I still think you should make one of these (and you know I want to see it)! And don't forget, if you're participating in Felt February, let me know in the comments so I can add you to a special blog roll. On Twitter and Instagram, be sure to add #feltfeb to your description so I can see your creations!