mustache cup cozy tutorial

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

would you like some 'stache with your coffee?  a little mustache luv to dress up your coffee cup?  remember movember and the mustache that invaded my home for a month? yep, that's right...the giant caterpillar like one that greeted me every morning and night on my hubbies cute face, was so fun to tease my hubby in our house about the 'stache that i decided to gift him a little pressie at christmas so that we can always remember "the 'stache".

i had pinned a cup cozy with a mustache on it months ago and finally got around to making one.  so no, this isn't my idea..but i couldn't really find a tutorial that i liked to make one so i figured i would share a little template and mini-how to make a mustache cup cozy of your very own! 

you ready to rock the 'stache?  keep those hands toasty warm in style! let's get making!

||  WHAT I USED  ||
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (worsted weight/10ply) in colorway 240 (green)
Brown Felt & brown embroidery floss

felt in color desired for mustache (approx. 5"w x 4"h depending on desired size of mustache)
embroidery floss
sewing needle
knitting needles

1. Following the "mug hug tutorial" (from one of my besties rebecca) or any knit/sewn cup cozy pattern of your choice, knit up your lovely cup cozy using your desired yarn color - I personally think bright colors look much more fun for this kind of cup cozy :P  I used a thicker worsted weight yarn for mine.  This is the fun part where you can let your creativity go wild! Go handlebar, or curly or do a caterpillar style like mine!

2. Print out this template for the 'stache (don't scale the image) I used or sketch out a mustache of your choice.  Cut out your felt and fold your piece of felt in half lengthwise.  Cut the paper mustache out and pin to your felt along the center line shown on the template.  Cut the mustache out of your felt.  I used brown floss for my mustache.

3. Using 3 strands of embroidery floss held together stitch the mustache onto the center top area of your mug hug using a running stitch (or any other decorative stitch you may desire).  Trim your ends stick that bad boy on your starbucks and admire your handiwork!  This cup cozy is a guaranteed conversation much fun!  Best part is the hubby can still sport his 'stache....just not on his face :P

don't knit?  don't worry...check out this post from my pal buffy on how to paint a 'stache right onto your coffee mug! so cute!  or you could simply use the felt mustache and attach to a sewn cup cozy of your liking.  whatcha think?  you likie?  i think i'm gonna steal it and use it too.  i think a few more are on the horizon at our house :)  i think mine should be pink

happy knitting and stitching!!!  i can't wait to see if you guys make any!  please add your pics to our flickr group so i can get a looksie at your wonderful handiwork!  any questions just shoot me an email at


  1. so cute :)

    what a great little item to sell for Movember donations.

  2. I LOVE IT!!! oh I'm so making one of these! hahaha. awesome!

  3. Awe thanks for the link luv! Love the 'stache mug hug!

  4. love it! it looks sooo great! thanks for the link too! xoxoxo what a fab pressie! xo

  5. I love this!! Thanks for the tutorial. I know a few lovlies who will adore a 'stache mug cozy!

  6. Thanks guys! I'm so glad you like it! I honestly think I need one with a big handlebar 'stache They are truly addicting!

    Have fun!

  7. HAHAHA Shannon you're hilarious! I was just thinking of your unlove for the stache today while I was showering! I was shaving my legs and totally thought "So there's Movember, why can't we have JanuHairy? Us chicks don't tend to actually dig the stache, so it's totally cool beans that our menfolk wouldn't exactly be thrilled when we can braid our leghair..." ;)

  8. Okay, so on one of the blogs I read they linked to this article about kissing and it mentions that in Iowa and Indiana that it is illegal for a man with a moustache to kiss women in public! Haha! Made me think of all our new mustaches :)

    Here's the link too:

  9. Great minds must think alike! I made mug-staches for Christmas too! 13 to be exact! I used ceramic paints on white mugs! Too cute, will definitely be making some of these too for friends who didn't get actual mugs!

  10. Omg...laughing so hard crack me up.

    Buffy - that's hilarious! So weird!

    Saw this link you guys and thought it may come in handy! It's for 33 Cup Cuddler patterns! So awesome!

  11. Okay, these are hilarious - and also, I totally know now what I'm making my brother for his birthday. Thanks Shannon!!



  12. Love these and have already printed out the pattern from mug hug tutorial. Even though spring is in the air I will still use these for cold drinks! Thanks for the pattern and I love your blog!

  13. This is just toooo cute!! Thanks! Gonna have to make one!


  14. This is so cool. Who wouldn't want one of these?

  15. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of mustache crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  16. great idea! we do not know how to knit so made a felted one --- see it at

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  17. Hi Shannon,

    I just wanted to let you know that I featured this project in my roundup of homemade coffee cozies! Check it out here:


  18. I was wondering what size needles. I know they need to be about 3.5 mm, but what length does the circular needles need to be?

    1. Hi Sarah, I used a 32" and longer for the magic loop method for mine. But you can always ask Rebecca (the writer of the actual cozy tutorial - the link that was provided above) what length she recommends or you could use DPN's.



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