The porcelain one-cup drip coffee maker and filter shown in his post were a gift - how great to give someone something (one cup drip) and then something else (muslin filter) so that they can use the former indefinitely (provided they have an infinite amount of coffee). They are so simple to make because they are serged. I wanted to create a one that didn't require a serger, so that more folks could make it, so I tried to use french seams. It ended up being too bulky and I tossed the idea. If you do not have a serger and would like to try this, I would try to do a tight zig-zag stitch along the edge - let me know how this works!
- Paper filter or filter template
- Small amount of muslin
MAKE A TEMPLATE
Take a paper filter (depending on your drip maker size your filter may have a different size than mine, so I've left this up to you) and cut off the seam that's on two sides.
Take two layers of muslin just bigger than the filter and cut around the filter, but stay about 1/4 inch away from the paper; this is your new seam allowance.
To make turning on the serger easier, I rounded the hard corners. Serge/stitch together the two sides and bottom, leaving the top raw. Next open up the filter and serge/stitch the raw top edge. When you're finished, slip the serger thread tail into one of the other overlocked edges.
Before you use it you'll probably want to give it a little bath in warm water and dish soap. When you use it make sure the serged edges are on the outside (touching the inside of the maker) and the inside of the filter where you place the coffee is the side free of seams. Use it just like a paper filter and when you're done toss the grounds and rinse off the filter. There will still be a few grinds stuck to it, I just let them wash away. And to be honest with all of you out there - I just rinse it thoroughly with hot water, no soap, and hang it to dry.