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Ice Cream Cozy / Soda Can Cozy……tucked into a Gift Tote

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I have a friend that recently had surgery. 
Darn surgery…… sure rocks the schedule.  
So to help ease the aches and helplessness, I delivered my favorite medication.  Treats.
I know she has her pain medication, a husband to help her load the dishwasher, and 2 kiddos to fetch her a glass of water or her fuzzy slippers when she needs them.  But with all of that time on the couch recuperating…….a girl needs her treats, right?
So I made two little cozies (you know, like the fabric coffee cozies that fit around a steaming cup of coffee…) to snuggle up around her favorite drink and a nice frozen pint of Ben and Jerry’s.  Mmmmm……
Coffee cozies keep your hands from burning………..
………..these cozies help keep your hands from freezing.  Ha.  
And for those of us who like our cold treats, this is important.  Right?  


And everything just happens to taste better with a great little cozy wrapped around it.   
And what better way to deliver your cozies, than in a new little fabric tote.  
(And who knows, that friend of yours may find some new purpose for the little bag.  Cross your fingers.) 
Perfect little project to use up scraps too.  Go on, start digging through the pile.
Now slide in your cozied-up treats, add even more treats to plump up the tote, and get ready for a sweet delivery.


Hopefully it will brighten someone’s day.  
……..and thrill their little taste buds.
My friend’s little run-in with the surgeon sure gave me a great excuse to just sew for fun.

So thanks for all of your hard work under the knife Amber!

And get well soon.  
(Remember how my little 2 year old sort of has a crush on you?  Well, he misses you.)
Interested in making your own?
Well, here’s how I made mine:
I began by rolling an ice cream pint along some paper, tracing the shape and contour of the container as it rolled.  I made sure to trace enough of the shape, so that the paper would wrap all the way around the container.
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 Then I cut the shape out of the paper and then wrapped it around the container, making sure that it actually fit right around it.
And since the cozy doesn’t need to fit the container from top to bottom, I trimmed off some of the top and bottom of the paper pattern…..leaving enough for a seam allowance later on.
Then I cut out 2 pieces of fabric from that shape, 1 piece of felt, and 1 piece of double sided fusible web.
Then I placed the fusible web along the wrong side of the colored fabric that I wanted facing outward on the cozy.  Then I placed the felt on top of the web and then ironed those 3 pieces together.  Then I placed the other piece of fabric together with the first, with right sides together…….and sewed along the entire shape, leaving one end open.
Then I trimmed off each corner……
And turned the cozy right side out and ironed it flat.
And because I forgot to attach the elastic before sewing the 2 layers together, I added the elastic pieces here.  I just made 2 small loops (making sure that the button could fit through the loop) and attached the loop to the top layer of fabric only….stitching the raw ends in place.
Then I turned the raw edges towards the inside of the cozy, including the raw edges of the elastic, and sewed the opening closed.  And then continued sewing all the way around the entire cozy. 
Then I fit the cozy onto to ice cream container again, marked where I needed the buttons, and hand stitched them onto the cozy.
I made the cozy for the soda can the same way, but made it straight because the soda can isn’t contoured like the ice cream container is.
Next, the tote.
I basically made the tote, the same way that I made the messenger bag here.
But instead of the big flap that closes the bag, I just made a little strap that slightly closes the top of the bag.
And to create the seam and stitching down the center front and back of the bag, I did the following: 
 I cut my two pieces for the front and back of the bag and then cut them right down the center from top to bottom.  Then I placed right sides together, and sewed the pieces back together to create a front and back piece again.  They were the same size, just slightly more narrow because of the seam that you placed down the center front.  Then I ironed those seams flat and open……….and then made a stitch along both sides of that seam…..creating the little seam and stitch detail that you see in the final bag pictures.  Then I cut the 2 pieces of the lining material, to match this new size.  (You know, I already gave the bag away, but I’m pretty sure that these two pieces for the front and back were about 10 x 14 inches.  But play around with the sizing and most dimensions will work out just fine.)
Then I continued putting the bag together, just like the one here that I mentioned before.  After I sewed the bag and gave it its boxy bottom, I sewed the same stitch detail down one side, along the bottom, and up the other side.
For the strap (again I’m guessing because I already gave the bag away) I cut two pieces that were about 4 x 17 inches.  And then for the closure piece, I cut two pieces that were about 2.5 x 8 inches.  Then I sewed the 2 strap pieces together with right sides together, along both outer long edges…..leaving both ends open.  Then I sewed the two closure pieces together with right sides together, along both sides and along one end.
Then I trimmed the corners off of the closed end of the closure, turned both pieces right side out, and ironed them both flat.
Then I sewed along the outer edges of each piece.
Then pin the right side of the closure to the center front of the tote and the strap ends to each side of the tote.  Make sure that the raw pieces are lined up with the raw edges of the opening of the bag.
 Then slide the bag inside of the lining (that you made the same way as the outer bag……remember, using the same tutorial here).  Be sure that the outer bag piece is right side out but that the lining piece is inside out……..and then slide it in.

 Match up the raw edges and pin the edges together.
Sew all the way around the top, leaving an opening along the back of the back.
Then turn the bag right side out through that opening and fold and pin the opening closed.
Sew all the way around the top opening of the bag and then add some velcro (to the closure and bag) and a little button if desired.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Sara P says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made several for my friends with initial appliques. We get together often & I got tired of hearing, “Is this my water bottle? Is this yours? Do you remember where I put mine down?”. Now every one knows which is theirs!

  2. Nikell says:

    I can’t wait to try both of these projects!!! (^_^)

  3. Marcia Layton Turner says:

    Wow, these are SO adorable and yet look so easy to make. Love your choice of colors on the soda can cozy and tote bag. I’m not a big sewer but you may have sold me on trying to make these. Thanks!

  4. karomanah says:

    your tutorials make me happy :)

  5. Sawdust and Paper Scraps says:

    I love the cozy…and the tote is pretty cute too! Yep, love ’em both.

  6. Lace says:

    This is PERFECT for treats to the movies *shh don’t tell, we sneak stuff in ;) *

  7. Rachel at Sun Scholars says:

    Awesome!!! I just love it!! I think I need to make one of my own. :)

  8. Erin @ two more seconds says:

    The orange polka dot is by Amy Butler, from the Lotus line. It's called full moon dots, and comes in a whole slew of amazing colors! (Some which are easier to find than others!)

    I love the diet Coke cozy! Great idea!

  9. The Berry Family says:

    These would also be great for a sippy cup: you could embroidery your child's name. Now, no more mix ups in the church nursery!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Such a great idea! An empty Ben and Jerry's carefully disassembles makes a perfect pattern. NO measuring or drawing required.
    Empties are allways easily obtained around here!
    Thank you again for this idea and post. My sister in laws will love their Christmas gifts!

  11. Randi says:

    The ice cream cozy is ingenious … thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  12. Amanda says:

    You really must have come visit my craft room while I was out…this is two post out of three that I have just read, that are Christmas gifts I am making. I love your cozy so much better than my plan. I think it's definitely easier! :)

  13. Molly Dee says:

    I really love your projects featured here!

    I was wondering if you had pdf versions of these two projects and the stroller tote. I find it easier to follow along if I have the instructions printed out.


  14. elle says:

    I'm ready to purchase my first sewing machine and am wondering which one you would recommend or which one you use and how you like it. Any advice appreciated!

  15. Sandra Naglack says:

    LOVE IT! These are so darn cute and fabulous!

  16. Sandra says:

    I have a NEW love and it's these planners! I must have one! I am especially in love with the Bevin! Oh please pick me random picker!

  17. Three Ring Circus says:

    How cute! Love it!

  18. Tiffany says:

    you make it look so EASY.

  19. Ashley says:

    The blue fabrics were purchased at Joann Fabrics. The polka dot was given to me in scraps, so I'm not sure of the name. And the green thicker fabric was purchased at Hancock. I'm really sorry that I don't know any of the designers…..I was just using bits and pieces from my scrap bin.

    Good luck!

  20. Cheryl says:

    This is going to be a perfect addition to my "deployment survival kit" I'm putting together for a friend whose husband is deploying…I wanted to fill it with all sorts of comfort things, indulgences and such – perfect addition to the ice cream I knew I needed to add!

  21. K says:

    I LOVE this!! I've seen a ton of coffee cozies, but I never would have thought to make one for my ice cream! This is definitely on my to-do list, as Ben, Jerry, and I are really close!! :)

  22. Beth @ Free Stylin' says:

    I've been a fan of yours for a long time, but I think this might be my first comment! Sorry it's taken me so long to tell you how AWESOME and inspiring I think you are! I can't sew to save my life, but reading your blog makes me think I might be able to. (Similar to the way John Grisham makes me feel like I could actually be a lawyer! ;) ) I am diet Dr. Pepper's BIGGEST fan, and I would love to try to make one of these. If I do, I'll be sure to let you know. Thanks for your easy-to-follow tutorials and seriously fabulous ideas!

  23. Kim's Treasures says:

    So cute! I have to try it out!

  24. allison @ says:

    thoughtful AND adorable! Love it! Thanks for the great idea – I have a bunch of fusible web (for some odd reason) and this is a great idea to use this up!

  25. Leanne says:

    what fabrics are those and where can I find them? please?

  26. Adena and Greg says:

    thanks for the last minute birthday gift idea! I was able to whip it up this morning before taking her to lunch. Of course she loved it. Thanks again!

  27. jennifer says:

    Love this! So cute. Lucky friend…despite the surgery part. I notice you did a velcro close instead of a button hole?? But I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on button holes?? I just sort of made up a way to do them but am wondering if it could be improved.

  28. ErinandShane says:

    This is really cute, what a thoughtful gift idea, I hope I'll be brave enough to try this sometime.

  29. Janna says:

    BEYOND adorable!! I love that fabric you used on the bag! What a lucky friend:) My sister is getting her tonsils out on Dec 6th – I'm gonna bookmark this and see if I can't sneak in some time to do it. How fun!!

  30. prairiewhisper says:

    Great ideas

  31. So Bella says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll be making some of these for sure! What a lucky friend you have!

  32. Marla says:

    So cute! Can you tell me what type of fabric material you used?

    mrsmarlacasey at hotmail dot com

  33. Megan Menke says:

    Can't believe I didn't think of a Ben and Jerry's cozy first! LOVE this idea! We just use kitchen towels to wrap around! Can't wait to make these! Thanks for the great idea!

  34. bethanndodd says:

    Such a thoughtful gift and adorable too!!!

  35. Elizabeth says:

    Love the ice cream cozy…brilliant!!! That is my husbands biggest complaint about the pints is that his poor little hands get cold. I see a stocking stuffer in his future!

  36. Valerie says:

    I love your ice cream cozy. I think it is the perfect "I miss you" gift for my old college roommate. We have some history sitting on the couch each with a pint of icecream in hand. :)Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

  37. lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE says:

    that is the sweetest gift ever! I bet your friend was just thrilled to bits. I know I would be.

  38. Erin says:

    Love it! I actually wanted to make some purse/bags for friends for christmas, but hadn't found any simple-yet-cute tutorials, so…thanks a million!

  39. Helen says:

    Ashley, thank you for this wonderful idea! I might try to make these for a friend who's feeling a "bit down" these days. Thanks!

  40. Rachel says:

    Oh! I love making stuff like this! I also love the fabrics you chose! Thanks!

  41. Heather says:

    What a great get well gift! Love it!

  42. Rebekah says:

    What a thoughtful gift! You're a great friend. :)

  43. Mary says:

    Oh my gosh, and I thought my husband and I were the only ones in the world who wrapped up our Ben & Jerry's containers before indulging. We've been using paper towels (and tape!) but this is SO much better. Love your gifts! I'm sure your friend was thrilled.

  44. Very Verdant says:

    Oh, thanks for this tutorial. It will be a simple and cute gift idea for those Last Minute occasions!

  45. Lisa says:

    Clearly all of MY friends suck. I need to find my own Ashley.

  46. L2L says:

    ah ha!!! I just found the perfect gift for the woman who has it all!!! My mom is a QVC and as seen on tv shopaholic so birthday's and Christmases are unnerving as I try to find a gift for her. I think this will be a winner for my diet coke loving mom!!! Thanks for saving Christmas!!!!

  47. Rhonda says:

    I love all of it!! I think I'll be making some cozies and little totes for Christmas… thanks for the tutorial!

  48. ChYmEc!nDy** says:

    This is a great idea. I want to try this at home.

  49. Heidi Ferguson says:

    Ashley, you are a pro sewer! These look so incredibly professional, and of course you make it seem so simple.

    I haven't commented in a long time but I am still a faithful reader and lover of you and your blog and I wanted to say congrats on your pregnancy! I can't wait to see what fabulous baby items you come up with. I have a tutorial on my blog today (11/3) for embellishing a onesie in case you're interested…

  50. Karena says:

    Ashley, I love it, am amazed by your talent…you make it look so easy!! You frind must be thrilled!

    Come and see my latest find, would love your comments, I will also have a new giveaway soon!

    Art by Karena

  51. zie says:

    LOVE it. it's simple n cute..! bravo…!

  52. HoneyScrap says:

    So cute! I love the floral fabric on the inside of the bag…I have been eyeing it now for some time at Joann:) I better just go ahead and get myself a yard…or two:)

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