How to make a cafetiere cover

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    Embracing the craft trend? Follow Country Homes & Interiors‘ step-by-step guide to making a pretty quilted cafetiere cover.

    Not only will it keep your coffee nice and hot, it’s the perfect accessory for your alfresco dining table.

    What you’ll need

    * Coffee pot
    * Main fabric (we used Odille Trail Chicory, £35.50 a metre, Romo)
    * Cotton backing fabric
    * Cotton batting
    * Matching thread
    * Tacking thread
    * Buttons

    1) Measure your coffee pot to work out the finished size of your
    cover. Adding 5cm each to the height and width measurements. Cut out
    three pieces to these measurements, one in main fabric, one in backing fabric and one in cotton batting.

    2) For the button
    loops, cut two 4cm by 25cm strips of main fabric. Place one strip wrong
    side face up and fold in each long edge so that they meet in the
    middle. Press, fold in half lengthways and press again. Top stitch along
    the long edges. Repeat with second strip. Fold each strip as shown in
    the photograph so that they form an arrow shape. Press and slip stitch
    to keep folds in place.

    3) Matching raw edges all round, tack the batting to the wrong side of the cotton backing piece. Place the main fabric
    right side up and position the pressed strips, right sides facing and
    matching raw edges along one side (be sure to position them so that they
    sit inside the cafetiere handle).

    4) Matching raw edges,
    place the backing/batting piece on top so that the batting is face up
    and the button loops are sandwiched in the middle (see illustration). Make sure that the batting is face up and the button loops are sandwiched in the middle  Illustration: Michael A Hill

    then stitch all round, taking a 2.5cm seam, making a nice curve at the
    corners as you go and leaving the unlooped short edge open for turning.
    Remove tacking and trim the batting back to the seam allowance all
    round, clip seams at corners and turn through. Press under raw edges and
    slip stitch opening closed. Press.

    5) To create a quilted
    effect, use tacking thread to baste across the entire cover diagonally
    in one direction and then repeat in the other. Repeat in machine stitch
    and remove tacking.

    6) Work out the position of the buttons and stitch in place. Wrap cover around cafetiere and button up.

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