Big Button Challenge
May 11, 2009
Good morning. Care for a cup of coffee?
Are you familiar with Polka Dot Cottage? Lisa makes incredible buttons and jewelry out of polymer clay. When I say incredible, I mean incredible. I am amazed at what she does. Awhile back, Lisa asked me if I would take part in her big button challenge. Sure, why not? So she sent me a button and I was to make something using the button. The result: french press cozy.
Honestly, I was planning on making a tufted pillow, but Sarah beat me to the punch. Have you seen hers? It's stunning! I thought about making a coffee cup cozy. When I was telling Emily my reservations about making yet another coffee cozy (not much of a challenge in my mind), she suggested a french press cozy. Perfect! I whipped it up the next day.
I followed my own coffee cozy directions except that the french press cozy is just a long rectangle. I measured the circumference of the pot with a string - high tech, I know - and cut a linen rectangle and a piece of insulated batting 1.25 inches longer and 1 inch higher than the measurements. For the outside fabric, I used a Japanese cheater print that I bought from Leslie and a small piece of linen so the button would pop. I really like how it turned out.
I'm just about ready to pour my third cup this morning. I am completely exhausted from our weekend in New York. I feel like I am suffering from some kind of sensory overload. My mind is overflowing with inspiration and ideas and I am seeing quilt squares when I close my eyes. I'm going to take a day or two to settle back in to our routine and to get some rest. See you in a couple of days.
Love, love this Erin. And yes, I could use a third cup as well. HAve a great couple of days to sort though all of your thoughts.
Posted by: Eren | May 11, 2009 at 11:07 AM
Super super cute! I'm buying a french press for my beach sojourn (it somehow seems excessive to pack the espresso machine, even for a month) and I think it needs something just like that.
And thanks for the pillow love!
Posted by: Sarah Jackson | May 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM
It is so super cute.
I sort of love that feeling of ideas overflowing, but know that it can be overwhelming too. I'm glad the trip was good!
Posted by: Tracy | May 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM
yay! and welcome home! and can't wait to see....
Posted by: emily | May 11, 2009 at 12:21 PM
I'm just not sure where to find more adjectives to describe your work!
so I'll use a great one- AWESOME!!
have a few restful unplugged days.
Posted by: kristyn | May 11, 2009 at 01:19 PM
Very clever! Enjoy your little break.
Posted by: anina | May 11, 2009 at 01:29 PM
Great showcase for a beautiful button.
And I know what you mean about sensory overload. Too many ideas, not enough time!
Posted by: Ali | May 11, 2009 at 01:55 PM
That is cool! Have a good break!
Posted by: tiennie | May 11, 2009 at 02:48 PM
Is this going to stop my husband wrapping the oven gloves round the french press? Wonderful. I'm starting tonight...
Posted by: Clare Mansell | May 11, 2009 at 04:16 PM
I really do love this. And if I weren't already trying to prioritize three projects, all of which I want to do NOW, then I'd be all over making myself one :-)
Posted by: Lisa Clarke | May 11, 2009 at 05:18 PM
Oh! And thanks for all of the nice words about my buttons and such :-)
Posted by: Lisa Clarke | May 11, 2009 at 05:18 PM
love the button, that would be something fun to learn...your french press cozy is cute too!
Posted by: darlene | May 11, 2009 at 07:59 PM
This is fabulous. I just made some coffee cuffs...was inspired by yours. Thanks for all the inspiration.
Posted by: Lisa Q | May 12, 2009 at 12:38 PM
Very nice! Congrats on the success of your shop. I've been wondering about the Etsy vs Big Cartel thing...
Posted by: hayley | May 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM
that is so the cutest thing i have ever seen---does it keep the coffee warmer?
Posted by: kate | May 12, 2009 at 01:30 PM
Very cute. My mom uses a french press and she would love this! Thanks.
Posted by: Liz | May 12, 2009 at 02:38 PM
It's gorgeous... as I'm sure ALL that comes from the inspiration buzzing around your head will be!
Posted by: stefani | May 12, 2009 at 03:00 PM
I love it!
Posted by: Randi | May 12, 2009 at 09:23 PM
Thanks so much for posting this! I love my french press and a cozy for it would be too cute. Love your blog!!
Posted by: Jessica | May 13, 2009 at 08:42 AM
Super cute! Just wanted to let you know I linked to you today in my blog post. xoxo
Posted by: Jade | May 13, 2009 at 05:00 PM
I have been meaning to make one of these for a looong time. Does it work well to hold in the heat??
Posted by: Kelly H | May 13, 2009 at 11:18 PM
That is such a lovely cozy for your cafetierre (or French Press). I don't drink coffee, but my husband does (and it HAS to be fresh) so I think I'll be whipping one of them up for him for father's day! Great inspiration, as always!
Posted by: Claire | May 14, 2009 at 03:22 AM
Posted by: Mefi | May 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM
this is beautiful erin! and i am so so excited for you that you went back to denyse's workshop! (and so wishing i could have joined you...)
that sensory overload is exactly how i felt after the workshop in the spring. exactly. so hoping to go back this fall.
Posted by: amisha | July 03, 2009 at 12:39 PM