I've been doing a lot of punchneedle embroidery lately, and one of the challenges I've set myself is thinking of things to DO with the finished pieces. I've made an embroidered tote and some wall art so far, but I was trying to think of a totally original use. Punchneedle makes such a thick cushioned surface, I thought it might work as a coffee sleeve/cozy and protect your hand from the heat of the cup.
I punched a short wide African sunset design with a tapered shape to fit around a coffee cup - the design wraps all the way around the cup. I backed it with fusible interfacing, and edged it with black bias tape. I used hook-and-eye fasteners to keep the sleeve closed.
(That's an elephant under the tree on the right, btw - it doesn't show up too well at the angle I took this photo!)
It totally works! And it's washable too, in case there's a beverage spillage
Hope you like it!