Tuesday, February 28, 2012

handled cup sleeve and the cuppow

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Thanks so much for your kind words about my rocky start yesterday. Simply writing it out always releases a bit of stress for me. I also think my very special cup of tea on the drive in to town helped. I often steep some some tea in a mason jar and screw on a lid for my morning country-to-town commute. As you can imagine, drinking out of  a widemouthed jar in a moving vehicle is not advisable. Therefore, my tea is often cold by the time I get to it. I kind of got used to that over the years, but last month I discovered a brand new device invented for folks just like me. I'm totally excited about The Cuppow! It arrived right before we left for the beach, so yesterday was my first time really trying it out. Love!
cuppow
Knowing that I will now be able to sip my tea while it's hot, I decided I needed to make a sleeve to keep my hand comfortable around piping hot glass. Laura got a Cuppow too and had a similar idea... she's got a very sweet knitted cozy tutorial right here.  I wanted a handle... a slot really, to slip my hands in for a secure hold.  I used a scrap of wool from an old army blanket that I've been reinventing for the last couple of years.
cuppow and a handled sleeve

I knew it would shrug off tea and coffee stains and insulate as well as add comfort. I made it in 5 minutes!
fast+simple+useful= happy
handled sleeve
I cut a rectangle long enough to have the ends overlap and another one with an equal width for the handle.
cup sleeve how to
My jar of choice has a narrower bottom so I adjusted the wool to fit securely and pinned in place. Note the angle.
cup sleeve 1
I zigzagged one layer to another along the angle and covered that seam with the handle piece.
cup sleeve 2
The handle was sewn to the bottom and top with a simple straight seam. It was reinforced with multiple back stitches for added durability. Note the white thread below. It's strong! Because the bottom is only slightly narrower, I added a tiny strip of cloth... a tag at the top to make it easy to know which side to slip the cup into. Although I'm holding it from the bottom in this shot, I soon learned it's totally sturdy... that cup isn't going anywhere. Good stuff.
handled sleeve
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22 comments:

  1. i can't wait to get my cuppow! love that wool sleeve, what a simple great idea!

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  2. This is just all around fantastic, I love the cuppow, and I LOVE the cozy you made! Makes me pine for my favorite Mason jar specific drink -- sweet tea & lemonade (and a little whisky, of course).

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  3. I've had the same problem, biking to work in the past--my solution was the sleeve and cuff of a salvaged wool sweater. I simply cut it off at 2/3 the diameter of the bottom and an inch higher than the top to allow for seam allowances. I boxed the bottom (which was surprisingly sturdy for a not-flat stitch) and hemmed the top. Problem solved! I LOVE the handle though and see one of those in the very near future!

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  4. I LOVe this! I have never seen a cuppow, and now I want one, what an excellent idea. and your wool sleeve - another great idea!

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  5. What a neat little gadget! We drink everything out of Mason jars. The wool cover is lovely.

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  6. What a great idea, Maya! I now want a Cuppow and one of those sleeves.

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  7. You are SO creative!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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  8. oh, the goodness of this post...a cuppow!!! and a tutorial for a sleeve...loving this!

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  9. WOW! GREAT idea! I just love it! :-) And I would love to have something like that! :-)

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  10. Oh hooray! I'd love to use a cuppow with my knit cup warmer. Happy day!

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  11. This is wonderful! And did you know that Ball has brought the 1 1/2 pint wide mouth jars back out?!? I was ecstatic beyond belief when I discovered this!! Can you imagine using one of those with a cuppow and a handle sleeve? Simply bliss!

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  12. It never occurred to me to bring a hot drink in a mason jar. I use them in so many other ways - why not? And that cuppow, well shoot, even better. Love the sleeve idea too. Happy commute!

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  13. What a fantastic idea! Love the felt cozy for the jar! I love that cuppow - what a neat thing - might have to get one for my husband and one for me:)

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  14. What a great idea! I love those little canning jars, they are so versatile.

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  15. Great ideas. I just ordered my cuppow and will make a wool sleeve soon. Woohoo!!

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  16. so great! I was gifted a cuppow recently by a friend who knows me all too well! We've been talking about a sleeve, can't wait to show here this, what a great idea.

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  17. Thank you so much. I almost didn't keep reading after the Cuppow was introduced- I want one!- but adding the sleeve and handle is genius. I probably would have just burned my hand... I sent this to my husband and asked for the cuppow for the next holiday (April Fool's? Ha!) Thanks again!

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  18. I totally went and bought 2 of these just now... when they arrive I will be making a couple of cuppow cup holders!

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  19. My sister just gifted me a Cuppow for my birthday in February. I have only used mine for iced tea thus far but will have to remember to make a sleeve when cooler weather comes again.

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