Thursday, January 9, 2014

DIY Coffee Sleeves (…and They're Reversible!)

Photo  credit: Crafty Staci

Ok, so yesterday we stumbled across the cutest coffee sleeves made by Martta Howard, a Theta from Austin. So many of you wanted to know how to make these cute little coffee sleeves, so Martta was nice enough to share with us the site she used to make them. Below is a tutorial taken straight from Crafty Staci on how to make these convenient, custom coffee sleeves for your next cup of morning brew. For step-by-step pictures, be sure to check out the full post at Crafty Staci.

What you will need:

  1. This coffee sleeve traceable pattern (click here) printed. *Note: Make sure it doesn't scale down to print.
  2. Cotton batting
  3. Iron board cover fabric
  4. Cotton Fabric (your choice of a design)
  5. Elastic hair band (1)
  6. 5/8" buttons (2) *preferably with two holes
  7. 3/4" buttons (2) *preferably with two holes
  8. Needle
  9. Pins (5-7)
  10. Thread
  11. Toothpick (1)
How To Make the Coffee Sleeve

1. Print the coffee cup sleeve pattern.  The pattern should measure 10 3/4″ straight across the top (corner to corner, not on the curve) and 9 1/8″ across the bottom (again, corner to corner).  It’s just barely under 3″ wide. Use “borderless printing” in your print options to make sure the pattern prints full size.

2. Using the coffee cup sleeve pattern cut out the following: 
    • One coffee cup sleeve pattern from cotton batting
    • Two coffee cup sleeve patterns from ironing board cover fabric 
    • Two coffee cup sleeve patterns from cotton fabric. 
 Note: Make sure you flip the pattern piece over to cut the second pieces, so they’re opposite the first. 

3. Locate the elastic hair band and zigzag stitch through the center (about 3/8" long) then clip through the center (you will only need half of the elastic hair band).
4. Next, layer all the pieces of coffee sleeve fabric starting with the ironing board fabric (face down).
5. Next, layer the cotton fabric (face up).
6. Next, with that same cotton coffee sleeve fabric, place the elastic hair band in the middle of the straight end, with the ends even with the edge of the fabric.
7. Then, layer the other piece of cotton fabric (face down).
8. Then, layer the second piece of ironing board fabric (face up).
9. Last, layer the batting.
10. Pin all the layers into place.  Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam, leaving about 2” open on the bottom edge for turning.  Backstitch over the elastic when you reach that point.  Clip the curves and corners. 
11. Turn and press, turning in the opening.  Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.
12. Lay the now stitched fabric flat.  Fold both sides in so the edges meet.  Stick a pencil through the elastic and mark the farthest point it will reach without stretching.
13. Stitch a button on each side over the mark, sliding a toothpick under each button.
14. After stitching, remove the toothpicks.  Wrap the thread around under each button a few times before knotting the thread under one of the buttons.
Big Sis Tip:  Remember to ask for your drink without a cardboard sleeve and remember to remove your reversible coffee sleeve before you throw away your cup!


  1. I accidentally viewed your blog and I was so amazed with your work that it touched the deepness of my heart and it made me sentimental. Thanks for posting. Visit my site too.

  2. These are so cute! I need to make some for stocking stuffers thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Wow. This was copied entirely from my blog. I realize it's an old post, but this is so not okay.


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