by Rebecca Rockefeller
I love my French press – it’s my key to coffee that’s been brewed without any contact with plastic – but it sure does cool off quickly.
The other day I found a sleeve from a large felted wool sweater in my fabric scrap bag and thought of my cold coffee. 5 minutes later, I had a coffee cozy that works to keep my joe hot.
Make your own:
- Find a sleeve or rectangle of felted wool large enough to wrap around your French press.*
- If you’re using a sleeve, cut along the seam to open the tube (I left the top inch or so of mine attached, so it could rest on top of the handle without needing to be tied, but it would have worked just as well to cut the whole sleeve piece open).
- Punch holes with a single hole punch on each side of the seam in 4 or so places. No hole punch? Poke holes through the wool with the tip of a pair of scissors or other sharp tool.
- Wrap the felted wool around your French press.
- Insert twine, string, or yarn though each set of holes and tie closed so that the wool is snug around the press. I reused cotton string from a bag of birdseed.
- Spot clean as needed or remove the pieces of string and run the wool through your regular wash. I leave mine on the press between pots of coffee – It helps to protect the glass from bumps in the kitchen.
*Make your own felted wool: It’s easy! Directions here.