DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial
I am a coffee addict and I don’t care who knows. I love a warm cup of coffee in the morning! Lately I am spending a lot of time focusing on reducing waste and I am trying to cut out one use products, like cardboard coffee sleeves. So today I am sharing a fun tutorial for how to make your own coffee cup sleeve and how to add some fun doodle stitches to make it even more special. These make great gifts for the holidays and for teachers. 👩🏫
This post was sponsored by JOANN. I have been compensated for this post but all ideas and opinions are my own.
Here is what you need to make these reusable coffee sleeves.
Button, snaps, or other closure.
Coffee Cup Sleeves DIY
The first step is to measure the cup you are going to use for the sleeve.
Start by measuring around the cup at the top. Then measure the cup where the bottom of the sleeve will hit. Last measure the length from your first measurement to your second measurement.
Layer your fabric. The first fabric should face right side down. Then place one or two layers of batting and then last place the second piece of fabric right side up. Baste the layers in place with the basting spray.
Draw a line, using your frixion pen, that measures the width of your top of cup plus a 1″ layering allowance. Mark the middle of this line. From the middle mark measure down the length of your coffee sleeve (your third measurement) and place another mark. Now add 1″ to the bottom of the sleeve measurement. Find the halfway point of this measurement.
Use the middle mark of the bottom of your sleeve and draw a line to finish your coffee sleeve template. Last draw a line along the sides to connect the top and bottom line. It should be a slight diagonal line. Cut around the line you have drawn. Leave yourself 1″ or 2″ around the pen mark. This will help you to quilt the piece without too much hassle.
How to Doodle Stitch
The great thing about the frixion pens is that you can draw directly onto the fabric and it will go away with heat when you are finished.
Doodle your design onto the coffee sleeve. This step is optional, you can free stitch or meander stitch to quilt your pieces. If you want a fun design however this is a great way to practice and add more detailed stitching.
Use your quilting foot to go over the drawings you have drawn. I find it easiest to have the drawing facing me so that I can see as I stitch. Then I turn the piece so that the drawing is always facing me and I am not stitching blind.
The key to free motion quilting and stitching in this manner is to keep a steady speed. If you pull too fast you will get tugging on the stitching underneath. Try to maintain a steady speed and don’t try and pull too fast. If you feel like you need to go faster be sure that your machine speed is faster as you pull faster with your hands.
These pen marks are a guide but you don’t have to draw over them perfectly. Stitch all the way to the edge of the fabric. You will not see all of this stitching at the end but it will ensure that you have quilting around your entire coffee sleeve.
Finishing the Sleeve
Stitch around the outside of the coffee sleeve. Use the original marks you made to draw the sleeve as your guide.
Use your heat source to remove the pen marks. A frixion pen will disappear when exposed to heat.
With the pinking shears cut around the edge of your sleeve. Be sure to not cut the stitching line you just created. You will most likely be cutting some of the quilting stitches, which is ok.
PIN Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial
Quilted DIY Coffee Cup Sleeves
- 1 Fat Quarter Main Fabric
- 1 Fat Quarter Lining Fabric
- 1 piece Batting
- 1 Frixion Pen
- 1 Button optional
- 1 piece Velcro optional
- Measure coffee cup.
- Draft pattern using measurements and adding seam allowance.
- Cut out pattern from two fabrics and batting.
- Quilt using free motion quilting.
- Top stitch around entire outside edge.
- Use pinking shears to finish edges.
- Add closure of your choice (snaps, velcro, button, or tie.)