Oh how I love to eat ice cream. I do. And I sometimes have purchased a pint of B&J ice cream and eaten it right out of the carton. I know I'm not alone. I have also, in the past of course, shared right out of the carton with my Mom and sisters. Shhh. It is a family secret. I'm guessing your family may have the same secret? Maybe just your personal secret? Oh heck! I even purchased a pint of ice cream just for this tutorial. Who am I kidding?!
But you know how as you are eating out of the carton and your mitts get cold? Ta-da! An ice cream cozy is the answer! I have been thinking this one up for some time now. I just needed to put it into action. Just the name makes me feel all cozy. Why do coffee cups get all the love? I know, why didn't you think of this first? I can't believe I haven't seen this before. Such a great idea for a gift for your BFF (my 6 year old son is now using this all the time and it cracks me up) when she needs a pick me up. Or for your sister when she is having ear surgery (not like I'm suggesting this for my sisters to make for me this week...no hint here).
You start with your carton. Lay it on it's side and roll it along a piece of paper, tracing the top and bottom as you go. Cut your paper pattern out. Since I wanted the most coverage for my mitts, I traced from the bottom of the carton to the bottom of the lid. Wrap the paper around the carton to check for fit. I had to tape two pieces of paper together to get it big enough for a good pattern. I also added about 1 inch to one end so it overlaps.
Cut out two pieces of material and one piece of batting from your pattern piece.
Layer your material right sides together and the batting on top of that. Sew around the perimeter leaving about 4 or 5 inches to turn it.
Clip your corners and trim the batting close to the seam, making sure not to clip your seam;)
Turn it right side out. Use a dowel or something dull to push the corners out nicely.
Pin the opening down and top stitch around the perimeter of the whole cozy.
I did some random curving lines to quilt it together.
Sew on strips of sew in velcro. I know some people like the iron in kind. But I think it doesn't hold well. I also choose to use velcro because I didn't like the idea of holding something with a button sticking into my hand. I thought the velcro was more streamlined for my hand;) The Velcro goes on the bottom of one side and the top of the other so that they match up nicely.
Voila. Go eat you some ice cream and tell me what flavor it was, K?
I gave mine to my SIL Katrina. The material is for Autism Awareness. She made a funny comment about Autism Mommies being the ones that need to eat a pint of ice cream. I laughed and said that EVERY mom needs some ice cream therapy from time to time. I just thought it was a fun way to use my Autism material for a REAL Autism Mom;)
Please let me know if you liked this tutorial. If I don't get comments, I don't know if it is a useful tutorial. I do love me some comment love;)