Whether you’re new to sewing or a seasoned pro, everyone loves an easy project that you can use over and over… enter these darling coffee sleeves! Their cuteness will definitely attract attention, plus they’re so easy to make, you can have a different one for every day of the week! Even better, these serve as a great gift idea for the warm beverage lover in your life!
Easy DIY Travel Coffee Cup Sleeve
By Jen Causey of Something Turquoise
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- Length: 5"
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- Self Healing Cutting Mat: Large (24" x 36")
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Extra-large mat give you plenty of room to work.
Two Types Of Coordinating Fabric
Thread To Match Fabric
Thin Elastic Cord
Store bought or old coffee sleeve
Step 1: Create your coffee cup sleeve pattern. Start by making a pattern for your coffee sleeve. Find an old coffee sleeve and rip it open. Place it down on your fabric and trace around it, making the trace larger by about 3/4” on the top and bottom, and 1” on each side. These additions are made to account for seam allowance and overlapping once you begin sewing.
Step 2: Cut out your template. Using the Fiskars® Classic Stick Fashion Rotary Cutter (28 mm), follow the lines you drew onto your fabric from the step above and cut out one side of your coffee sleeve. To protect your work surface, make sure you cut on top of the Fiskars® Cutting Mat (24” x 36”).
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 with your second fabric. Next, trace the piece of fabric you just cut out on to your second color of fabric. This will leave you with two identical pieces of fabric that will be sewn together to create your reversible coffee cup sleeve.
Step 4: Add fabric stabilizer and trim fabric. Fabric stabilizer will add stiffness to the sleeve, as well as heat protection for your hand. I have found that the iron-on varieties work best. Trace and cut your fabric piece again over the fabric stabilizer, just like you did in step 3, but this time go back with your Fiskars® Fashion Scissors and trim it down to about 1/2” inside the sleeve. Then, iron the fabric stabilizer that has been cut to size onto the wrong side of one of your pieces of fabric. Because the fabric stabilizer is so thick, we’ll want to avoid sewing on it for folding purposes.
Step 5: Begin pinning. Pin both outwardly facing sides of the fabric together. Before you close one end completely, add a little folded piece of thin elastic cord inside. Place the loop facing inside and the free ends facing out. Adhere the free ends with a little tape to hold in place and finish pinning.
Step 6: Begin sewing. Sew around the entire rectangle of fabric, using a 3/8” seam allowance. Reinforce the stitch over the elastic cord and at the corners. Don’t sew it completely closed. Instead, leave about two inches open on the end that doesn’t have the elastic cord attached. Snip any excess string using the super sharp Fiskars® Ultrasharp Thread Snips.
Step 7: Trim the fabric. Trim the edges by about 1/4” to help make folding easier and cleaner, being careful not to nick the seams. Then, notch each edge with the Fiskars® Micro-Tip Fashion Scissors (No. 5), as this also helps when turning the sleeves out.
Step 8: Flip your coffee sleeve over to reveal the outside fabric. Turn your coffee sleeve right side out and use a pen to push in the corners. This will help sharpen the look and create crisp corners. You should still have one free edge open, but don’t worry about that – we’ll sew it closed soon.
Step 9: Iron. Iron your new coffee sleeve and fold the raw edges of the open seam inside the sleeve, then iron again to help hold them in place inside the sleeve.
Step 10: Finish sewing. Add a finishing stitch along the entire outside of the sleeve, closing up the hole you just ironed. Again, snip any excess string. For this step, I think it’s fun to use a contrasting color of thread so you actually see the stitch, but you can certainly choose a matching thread to hide the stitching.
Step 11: Add a button for embellishment. Adding the button is the final step. Wrap your sleeve around a coffee cup to measure and ensure it fits. Pull the elastic cord out a bit to see where the button should be, then mark the spot with a pen. Sew a button on top of the marked spot.
Now that your sleeve is ready to be put to good use, pour yourself a hot beverage and enjoy!