Crochet Mug Cozy

Remember the felt coffee cozy tutorial I posted a while ago? Well I love my coffee cozy a ton, but I’m trying to cut back on trips to Starbucks and make my own lattes and tea at home instead. I didn’t want that to mean giving up my adorable cozy though, so I made a crochet mug cozy I can use on my mugs at home!

Crochet Mug Cozy

How cute is that thing?! I love the colors, love the button, love the edging and tiny little buttonhole loop; I love the whole thing!

And it was a simple and quick project too. It took me about two hours to crochet this, including the two times I started and then had to unravel it all because I messed it up. :-) I didn’t have a pattern to follow because I wanted it to fit this mug exactly, so I sort of made it up as I went, and the first two times I started it wasn’t fitting quite right.

It was so quick, easy, and awesome that I made another one for my mom when I was back in CA visiting for a weekend!

Mom's Crocheted Mug Cozy

I left a bunch of yarn back home because I had WAY too much to bring with me when we moved, so I used a couple soft yarns in fun colors to make this one for Mom. I made this one specifically to fit her mug, so again, no pattern.

But there is a bit of method to the madness, so if you’re interested in making your own crochet mug cozy, here are the materials you need and some basic instructions:

  • yarn (two colors if you want the border and buttonhole loop to be a different color)
  • a crochet hook
  • a button
  • a tapestry needle

These instructions will show you how to crochet a mug cozy tailored exactly to one of your mugs, so grab your favorite mug and let’s get started!

I explained a couple of the basic crochet stitches and linked to some useful tutorials in my first post about crocheting: crocheting a catnip mouse toy for our kitties. If you need a refresher on the stitches, go check that out!

Body of the crochet mug cozy:

We’re going to work from the bottom up.

For the first row, chain enough stitches to wrap around the bottom of your mug. You want to leave a little bit of mug uncovered right at the bottom so that your cozy doesn’t get icky and gross if there are spills on the counter or whatever.

I chained 44 stitches to start the grey mug cozy. As I was chaining that first row I continually measured against the bottom of the mug to make sure that the chained row would fit around the bottom without being too close to the little rim the mug sits on.

Bottom Of Crochet Mug Cozy

At the end of your chain row, join the round making sure not to twist the chain.

If the sides of your mug are straight up and down you don’t need to worry about increasing the number of your stitches. I was not so lucky. Both mugs I made cozies for had round or slanted sides, so after the first row I started increasing a few stitches each row to make sure the cozy would fit. :-)

This cozy is made with double crochets for all the subsequent rows, so after your first chained row, double crochet one row all the way around (remember that since the rounds are joined, you’ll need to chain three at the start of your round to give it enough height). Join the round.

Keep crocheting double crochet rows (increasing a few stitches per row if you need to) until your rows reach the bottom of the mug handle. For me this was just one single row of double crochet.

On the next row, crochet all the way around except for the last two or three stitches, leaving a little gap for the handle. Chain three and turn.

Keep crocheting double crochet rows back and forth (remember to leave a gap for the handle, and increase a few stitches each row if you need to) until your cozy reaches the desired height. As you crochet, keep checking your work on your mug to make sure it fits. Increase or decrease as needed.

Cut your yarn, leaving a tail of a few inches. Tie a knot and weave the ends in.

Edging, button, and buttonhole loop:

If you slip your cozy onto your mug, it probably won’t stay on very well. That’s what the edging, button, and buttonhole loop are for! Your button is going to go to the left of the handle and your buttonhole loop will come over the top of the handle from the right and loop around the button.

Grab whatever yarn you want to use for the edging. Start by attaching your button on the left side of the mug, up near the top corner. Grab a tapestry needle and use the same yarn you’re going to use for your edging to attach the button.

Once your button is sewn on, start with the edging. Begin where the bottom of the mug handle will sit. Slip stitch the edge of your crocheted work to the left of the handle, up towards the top of your cozy.

When you reach the top of your cozy, slip stitch all the way around the top, but don’t start down the right side of the handle when you get to the corner! Your buttonhole loop needs to start here.

Chain a bunch of stitches coming out from the right-side corner. Your chain needs to go over the top of the mug handle, around the button, and then back to the corner where it started.

Once your chain is long enough, continue slip stitching down the edge of your work on the right side of the handle until you meet up with your first slip stitch. Cut your yarn off, weave in the ends, and you’re done!

Crochet Mug Cozy

Brew up a delicious cup of tea and enjoy! Warm beverages without burning your hands, perfect!

What’s your favorite warm beverage? I don’t drink coffee, but I fell in love with tea and milk while we were on our honeymoon in Ireland, so that’s what I drink now. Or chai lattes! Would you ever use a mug cozy at home? I know that usually, if your tea is at a drinkable temperature, then it’s probably not too hot to hold in your hands either, but I love the way they look so I use one every time!



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  1. I absolutely need to make these, in bulk!!!

  2. So cute! I really need to learn to crochet! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

    • Thanks Jill! Crocheting is pretty quick to pick up if you’re interested; my nana taught me AGES ago, but by last year when I wanted to start again, I had forgotten everything I knew. Luckily, there are tons of instructional videos online showing the different stitches that are pretty easy to follow!

  3. Crocheting is way beyond my skill set but dang if that is not the most adorable thing! I’m always holding my mug gingerly by the handle, because it seems to retain heat longer than the liquid inside does.

  4. Great Job!! I love everything about your mug cozy!

  5. These are so adorable! I wish I knew how to crochet so I could make them! I’m just starting to learn how to knit, maybe I’ll take up crocheting next!

  6. this is so cute, I wish I new how to crochet or new how to find the time to learn. Anyway, I’m pinning this for future reference.

  7. Visiting from the link up! Love these super cute crocheted cozies! This might make a fun learning project for a beginner!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks like a great project for a beginner crocheter like me! Thanks for sharing, i am pinning :)

  9. This is great. We are always looking for ways to keep our coffee or tea warm longer. This will be on my winter project list for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  10. this is so cute! i love the grey yarn with the pink button. there’s a party at my blog, if you feel like linking up!

  11. These are adorable! I haven’t crocheted in years, but this little project might be something I could handle :) Visiting from Take it on Tuesday. Have a great day!


  12. so cute! I tried to teach myself to crochet…but I’m not very good at it. I’m more of a knitter. This has inspired me to try again! I would love if you would share this at my link party going on right now:


    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  13. Jessi,

    These are so cute! Not only are they cute, they are GREAT! I really do need to learn to crochet. I tried it twice – once it was a very lonnnnnng single strand. The next time was a circle that wouldn’t lie flat. The third time is the charm, right?!
    These would make perfect gifts.

  14. Oh, I knit but never could get the hang of crochet, but this is adorable ! Please please come share this at my Blog Fest! http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-4.html

  15. I love your cozy! Found you at the Smart! School {House} link party.

  16. So cute Jessi! I love it! I have a thing for grey wool too :) Have to put it on my Christmas present list!

  17. wow, this is adorable! love both colours.

    what a great idea for a coffee mug!

    i love your blog!

    visiting via katherine’s corner.

  18. I found you on Just Us Four and boy am I glad I did!!! I just discovered crocheting last week and I think it’s necessary for me to go make this RIGHT NOW!!! Adorable!

  19. Jessi, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this. The custom fit really makes it. In all my spare time… haha, I can’t even finish that sentence.

    I would love to learn crochet someday. Maybe I’ll have time when my baby goes off to college. :) Super cute!!

    • Lol! I know how you feel about all that spare time :-) I think crocheting is pretty quick to pick up though, so you’ll be able to do it when you find a few free minutes!

  20. Thank you for linking up at create & inspire last week! Tonight we will be featuring YOU! Hope to see you there!


  21. I hope you don’t mind if I posted this on facebook: I think it is really gorgeous and the tutorial is very easy to understand…thank you for sharing

  22. Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot.

  23. That is SOO adorable!! Some day I’m going to start to crochet. I would love to make this sometime. Thanks for visiting and linking up at Romance on a dime. Pinning this for later.

  24. I’ve found you through Katherine’s Corner Thursday Favourite Things Blog Hop and I’m so glad I did… this crochet mug holder is gorgeous!! I’m totally going to make one of these for my favourite tea mug and it looks like a nice quick project to get done (after taking on an enormous blanket!). I’m a new follower and am looking forward to your other creative posts. I hope you stop by http://www.shushkat.blogspot.com and comment if you like :)

  25. I was just over at Two Sasters and admired the thumbnail of the coffee mug cozy…so I came over to fully admire it and it’s yours. I love it!!!

  26. Hi! I just wanna know what kind of yarn you used for this project. :)

    • I just used an inexpensive medium weight acrylic yarn, but you can use pretty much whatever you want! My mugs don’t get hot enough to melt the acrylic, so that isn’t an issue. Just make sure you don’t choose something too bulky, but other than that it shouldn’t matter too much what yarn you use!

      • I just started crocheting and mug cozy would be my first project so I am not really familiar with the different kinds of yarn. But I have a Red Heart High Bulk Acrylic. Can I use this one?

        • Probably! I think High Bulk just means that it’s a big skein of yarn. But you can look for a little yarn symbol on the packaging somewhere and it will tell you what weight it is. If you look here: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html you can find all the little symbols and what the numbers mean. Then just find the matching symbol on your yarn packaging and you should be able to tell what weight it is. The yarn I used was a 4 which means medium weight. If yours is a 5 or a 6 it’s going to be a little harder to use just because of how thick the strands are, but it can still be done!


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