The Mug Hug is
a flat thing - unlike the tube-ish sleeves that they use on coffee drinks you purchase, these are meant to dress up your swap-ee's
favorite cup. The original Hug pattern I linked to had the ribbon ties so that it could fit over most people's tea/coffee cups. The 'flat' part is also important for mailing.
Velcro would work, as long as you kept in mind that not all cups are the same diameter, so it would have to be adjustable, too. I had a thought about buttons and elastic loops (though I'm not sure how my fingers would navigate those before my first cup of coffee!!). What other ways of adjustable fastening could we use? Jenny's pattern uses only the one tie; I had it in my head (scary place) that there were two ties... This is a good place to be inventive and artistic, if you so desire!
I would like to stress that the Mug Rug
should be no larger than 5½" square (or round. or heart.).
Jenny's pattern for the Mug Hug
finishes to about 3¼ x 8½".
Once again, the size constraints are because of mailing. Just last week I mailed a letter in a 6½ x 9½"
envelope. Since 6 x 9
is a standard US PO size, if I'd used that my letter would have cost 1 stamp. Since I was using a slightly larger envelope, I had to put 2 stamps on it!
So, there you go. As long as the items can
a) adjust to fit your swap-ee's coffee/tea mug and
b) ship flat in a 6x9" (though it's not required that you use a 6x9" mailer!)
then I guess you can run wild...
Oh - (sheesh) the items need to be washable!!
I'm sure I'm not the only one who slops coffee. Or reaches for the cup with glazed-donut-sitcky fingers... or am I??
Thanks, everyone for helping to point out places in the original guidelines that weren't covered or weren't clear - it's a big help!!