Among all the Christmas craziness I realized I never posted about the &stitches secret Santa exchange I did! Please note, this post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk.*
My partner was Aimee from Daisy Eyes and I embraced a tea theme for her package and included a reusable mug and sleeve, octopus tea infuser*, and a mug rug. My tea cup cross stitch pattern is consistently my most visited post and I wanted to play around with it a bit. I made the pattern into an EPP pattern and made a mug rug for it. I know it probably would have lent itself really well to being a foundation paper piecing pattern but I still just can’t wrap my head around how to figure out which order to sew the pieces together.
The pattern worked out well but a lot of the pieces were smaller and more fiddly than I expected. I simplified the pattern as much as possible and combined pieces into the largest shape they could be, but the tea bag strings are still pretty little to work with.
I also made a cuff for a reusable mug to go with it. These ended up being gifts for a lot of people this year, I’ve made 8 of them and the pattern is really great. I’ve made coffee sleeves in the past but I love that this pattern doesn’t use a button or velcro closure, it has a felt layer and is stretchy enough to just slide onto the mugs. I get the $2 reusable mugs they sell at the Starbucks register and they fit perfectly. You can find the free pattern at favecrafts.com
Turning my cross stitch pattern into an EPP pattern was a fun experiment and I definitely want to try it out more in the future.
I also made this little hexie pin which I absolutely loved and was the inspiration for the laser cut hexie pendant that you can get from Beadeux. I used 1/4″ hexies and then glued them to a felt base and attached a pin.
I’m also including the EPP pattern for the tea cup if you want to attempt your own. There’s a few things to keep in mind –
– A lot of the pieces look really similar so make sure you label the backs before you put the fabric on them.
– The finished square is 8.5″. This can be scaled easily enough but it would be very difficult to work much smaller than that.
– For the bigger shapes you will either need to baste through the paper or glue baste.
Download the PDF – English paper piecing tea cup pattern
If you stitch up one of my patterns, I’d love to see it! Tag it on Instagram with the hashtag #hugsarefunstitches