Crafty Makes

Quick & Easy Cup Cover

I feel really privileged to live on a farm, it’s beautiful here.  Unfortunately, one of the downsides to farm life, especially at this time of year, are the flies. You no sooner put your glass of ice cold juice or your cup of tea down and one of the little buggers lands on the rim.

I own a few crochet bowl covers, which got me thinking about making something similar for our cups. But while the crochet covers are gorgeous, my crochet skills would mean they’d take a little longer than I wanted.  So these cup covers are my easy solution. They take about 15 minutes to make in total, but if even that’s a little too long for you, there’s a five-minute version too.


To make the cup covers you will need
  • Beads
  • Fabric scraps/fat quarters (you could also use an old shirt)
  • Pinking sheers
  • Sewing needle, thin enough to fit through the beads
  • Beading thread
  • Fabric marker/chalk
  • Mug/cup/glass and something about 1inch/2.5cm larger to draw around

Using your fabric marker draw a circle on the back of your fabric and cut out with the pinking sheers.

On the back of your fabric mark a circle a little larger than your cup. Using your fabric marker make four marks – think of a clock, so mark at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.

Thread your needle and begin sewing a running stitch around the circle. When you reach one of the quarter marks make sure your needle is at the back of the fabric.
Thread several beads on to the needle and continue sewing round the circle.
Repeat step three more times and continue sewing around the circle until you get back to the beginning.
Fasten off and trim threads.

No-Sew Method

Everything remains the same except you use bulb pins instead of sewing the beads on.

  • Thread two beads onto the bulb pin.
  • Attach the pin to your fabric, from back to front and bring the pin through to the back.
  • Slip another two beads on to the pin and close.
  • Repeat three more times.