I originally made this softie as a Christmas ornament, but I’m a huge sucker for play food and this is a pretty adorable addition to that collection.
My hot chocolate obsession is well documented in the pages of this blog, so this seemed like another no-brainer in the list of must-have Christmas treats, but it was one of the last things I got around to making. I am not a softie maker ordinarily, so this was a bit of a stretch for me. The plus side of that for you is that since it was beginner softie designed, it will be a beginner softie to make.
From wool felt, cut one piece for the mug measuring 4″ by 8″. Cut another piece for the handle measuring 2″ x 4″. Match the right sides together and sew each piece into a tube.
Sew the two saucer circles together all the way around, then cut a hole in the center to turn it right side out. This hole will be covered when you glue the mug on top of it. I placed a little bit of glue inside the saucer to adhere the two layers together. That just looked a little more “saucer-like” to me.
I was figuring this out as I went and ended up using a combination of white glue, fabric glue, and hot glue, so I don’t think there’s a wrong way to go. I could’ve used fabric glue for everything except I was trying to save a few pennies by using the cheap white glue, and the hot glue just made putting on the handle way easier. But I think you’ll get by just fine using whatever glue you like the best.
I toyed around with the idea of decorating the mug. I think a little hand embroidery or some rick rack around the rim could be adorable. I decided I had so much going on with the tree already that it didn’t need it, but I think I would experiment with that a little bit more if I was making these as stand alone gifts.