Make your own Coffee Sleeve

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By Sewing Contributor Jessica, from the blog “Life Sew Good”. 

Making a coffee sleeve is SO simple AND it’s so versatile.  Yeah, you can take it to your favorite coffee shop and use it with their cups, but I think it’s a nice thing to have at home to wrap around a glass for those cold coffee (or other) beverages.  I also like to personalize gifts, so if you’re going to give someone a coffee gift card or some beans, just add this in for a little special “something” from you!

Gather your supplies:

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Ruler (preferable a square)
  • Fabric—you can use a large scrap
  • Thread

I like to make a paper pattern first.  Even though it takes an extra step on the front end, it will save you time later when you want to make another one.

1. Measure & trace a line along your ruler 10 ½” wide. Find the center (5 ¼”) and square a line straight down 3 ½”. (If you don’t have a square ruler, you’ll have to eye it!)

2. With the center line as your guide, square a line at the bottom that measures 4 ¾” to the right, then square a line to the left that measures 4 ¾”, for a total of 9 ½” across the bottom.

3. Connect the ends of the top lines with the ends of the bottom lines. Cut out your pattern with the bottom on the fold of the fabric.

4. Unfold your fabric so that it sort of looks like an hourglass. Now, with RIGHT sides together. Fold your fabric from left to right, lining up the sides.

5. Sew a seam from top to bottom and press your seam open.

6. Fold your fabric in half, wrong sides together, on the crease that you used as your “fold” when you cut out your pattern. It should look like a coffee sleeve now, except that the top is not sewn!

7. So, with RIGHT SIDES OUT, tuck about ½” into the middle all the way around the top of the sleeve. Press.

8. Before you sew, make sure you have lined up the top pieces. You will be sewing through 4 layers of fabric and you want it to look good! Sew ¼” seam all the way around the top. If you want a more completed look, make sure you topstitch along the bottom as well!

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