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I don’t know about you, but my biggest problem with a french press

Image is not the sledge at the bottom of the pot.  It is not the chance of broken glass. My problem is that no matter how wonderfully hot the first cup is the second cup of coffee is icy cold. Heck, it’s so cold I feel like I might as well have done this.

Blech.

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Guess I need a cozy. I wandered about the internet and looked. Yet, every pattern I found looked like something my grandmother might use. The patterns also looked really hard and I’m kind of a beginner… So time to come up with something on my own.

Well here it is, the perfect cozy for the gamer in your life.

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Materials:

2 old t-shirts: One dark and one lighter for the d20 and the lining

a length of quilt batting (or suitable substitute*)

2 colors of thread

Sewing machine

Hand Needle

Iron

Printer

Tape

Instructions:

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1. First print this picture. Don’t be a hero and try to draw it free hand. It’s WAY harder than it looks to draw and not worth the hassle. Next, tape it to your window. Tape the fabric you want to use for your dice over it. TRACE. I used sharpie, but it doesn’t really matter, you’ll be sewing the lines over it.

Image2. Heat your iron. My girl scout troop leader used to say, “The key to good sewing is good ironing.” She was totally right.  While it heats cut out your hexagram leaving a WIDE seam allowance. Then fold each side and iron it. Go around until each side is folded and it is tightly ironed.

3. To the machine!!! Sew along each line to the corner. Then with the needle down raise the foot and turn so the machine is lined up to go down the next edge. Do this with each side. More on how to sew corners

4. Next grab a small piece of batting and back the d20 with it. The using the same techniques sew over the lines you drew. This will make the sides pop out.

5. If you are just making a patch you are done! Skip down to the embroidery then sew that bad boy to something! If you are in for the long haul let’s get cracking on the cozy part. Measure your carafe.
100_0167You will cut so that the height is the height of the carafe, the seam allowances will leave room for the spout. Around the carafe measure for black cloth and add 6 extra inches.  These will be part of the lining. While you are at it. Cut out the shoulder seams to use for the cords.

Then cut out another piece of your accent color for the interior. This should be the same height as the black piece but only as long as the carafe is around.

7. Sew the batting to the lining piece, hemming around the edges. Hem the black cloth.

8. Embroider the name into the black piece using the accent color. Stitch in the 20 using the same accent color. This is really easy, if but you are unclear on embroidery. Just draw what you want and stitch over it like so2o pattern. just keep going over the stitches and wrapping thread around them until they look how you want. This does not have to be floss. I used regular thread.

9. Next Sew the black exterior to the accent and betting.

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Place the accent piece in the middle of the black and then fold over the black pieces.  Take the cords and place them so that one goes over the handle, one under, and one through. Sew them down tight.

10. Okay now it is time for some quilting. Re-thread your machine with the accent color. I didn’t bother to change the bobbin but if you’re feeling fancy who I am I to say you are wrong?

11. From the name quilt out to the edges,

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including down the line, where the black meets the lining.

12. Now to affix the d20! Re-thread the machine with black. Sew along the outside line in black thread excluding one FIVE sides. leave one open. Every project has scrap, take every little piece of scrap this project generated and shove it behind the die, add extra batting until it is full and plump. Sew the last seam.

13. Brew coffee and start making out your character sheet.

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