Cute Coffee Cozy – You’ll Never Guess What I Upcycled to Make It!

I love re-usable coffee cozies, mostly because I hate waste. Those disposable ones at the coffee shops always seem so pointless, but then I have this little problem of accidentally throwing away the re-usable kind. Henceforth and therefore, I have no desire to spend any amount of money or time on a re-usable coffee cozy (as cute as some may be, and I’ve seen some awfully cute ones!when it’s just going to end up in the trash one day anyway.

When I was on my organizing spree earlier in January, I cleaned out my sock drawer. (Yes, my sock drawer.) In there was a lonely old slipper sock that had lost is mate a loooonnnngggg time ago and was merely biding time in the dark old drawer, waiting for me to sadly end its life. Only I couldn’t quite bring myself to do that, the poor lil’ slipper sock having been worn only a few times before being reduced to singlehood, and thus in excellent condition still. (I think I have already mentioned that I hate waste.)

As I sat staring at the spinsterly sock, waiting for inspiration to strike… it did! Inspiration, I mean. It struck! This perfectly good slipper sock (that was not dirty in the least, thankyouverymuch!) could have a new lease on life with a new purpose and a new design! All it would take was a snip of my scissors and what was old would be new again.

Almost gleefully, I grabbed a pair of scissors and made two short cuts (don’t worry, it didn’t hurt a bit). Reluctantly disposing of the heel portion – but only because no inspiration struck as to what I could do with that ridiculously shaped tube – I ran into the kitchen and tried first the toe and then the band. And woohoo! It worked! Perfectly, I might add. 

Why, yes, indeed. I turned that lonely – but adorable – slipper sock into not one, but TWO adorable coffee cozies that, being free, will not cause me one moment’s grief if they happen to be accidentally disposed of. (OK, well, maybe a tiny moment, because they are awfully cute!)

So. Happen to have any spinsterly spare socks lying around your house in lonely dark drawers? (Of course you do, who am I kidding?!) Give them a new lease on life and release them from their loneliness with a fresh purpose as your own adorable little coffee cozy.

The best part? Everyone will think you knit it yourself by hand. (*snicker*)


  1. Ha! That’s awesome! I I think my spare sock was an old white one from high school… not as cute, and much more sock-looking wrapped around a coffee cup.
    But man, this is a great idea!

  2. Brilliant! I have heard of people doing this with sweaters, but no sweaters here. I have loads of lone socks that have been waiting for their mate – that will never come. I desperately need one for the reusable Starbucks cup I recently purchased. They get soooo hot!

  3. This is TOTALLY today’s Daily Duh!

  4. Great idea. I don’t have any socks that would remotely fit the bill for cute coffee cozy, but I love it when inspiration hits–and works. The most I am doing with “spinsterly” socks is using them at cleaning rags.

  5. Love this! I wonder what spinster socks I have …

  6. You found the perfect spare knit sock for a coffee cozy…love it!

  7. I love it! The pattern is perfect for winter time, too.

    Thanks for sharing your cute project at Fabulously Frugal Thursday. I also pinned it on the Linky board.

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