As much as I’ve loved getting away to the coast practically every weekend, it’s getting chillier, and the rainy season is creeping up on us here in the NW. And I’m ok with that! I really do love fall :) Lately, I’ve really enjoyed getting cozy in the evenings with a cup of hot herbal tea, and in the mornings, I definitely lean on a bit of coffee to get me going. Enter >> my homemade pumpkin spice syrup (recipe to come!) or my DIY White Chocolate Mocha – a copy cat of another of my Starbuck’s faves!
BUT I digress! Anywhoo… My point is that everyone has a favorite hot beverage they start craving when the weather turns. Why not skip the cardboard sleeve and wrap your cup with a fun reusable coffee cup sleeve instead? This craft is so quick and easy because it’s mostly no sew (except for optional decorations!), plus it’s budget friendly.
BONUS: By using your fun felt sleeve, you are saving countless paper sleeves! If you grab coffee or tea to go every day (or multiple times a day), that really adds up!
Also, I am a HUGE fan of the $1 reusable plastic cup/lid from Starbucks – lightweight, inexpensive, easy to clean – andI’m saving even more paper. I know many people opt to buy insulated travel mugs, but some can’t go in the dishwasher and the cracks and crevices of the slider/flip top lids often don’t get completely clean. Plus, for $1 a cup, and a few bucks for supplies to make a DIY reusable felt sleeve, this reusable combo doesn’t get any more budget friendly :)
felt and a coordinating fabric, or two colors felt (see notes at the end)
optional embellishments: embroidery floss, embroidery or tapestry needle, felt shapes, buttons, brads, jewels, etc.
Start by tracing and cutting out felt and/or fabric in coordinating colors. You’ll need two different colors for each sleeve. If you don’t have a spare paper sleeve, feel free to print and use the PDF template I created from mine. (Click the image above to download)
NOTE: Make sure you are tracing on the “wrong” or “back” side of your fabric, if there is one. That way, any residual marks won’t show.
For mine, I used a felt sheet for the under fabric, and a super soft flannel pattern for the fabric on top. If you are using my templates, the “cutting template” should be used for this step.
For a finished edge on the top fabric, trace mark/trace how much you’ll want to fold over and glue. If you are using my templates, use the “folding template” for this step. Again, make sure you are marking on the “wrong” side of the fabric.
NOTE: If you plan to use felt for the top color as well, you may not want/need to create a finished edge. Feel free to skip ahead.
Carefully snip every half inch or so along the curve – taking care not to snip all the way to the line.
Then, fold each section over along the fold line you’ve marked, securing with a small amount of fabric glue.
You’ll end up with something like this.
Place that piece over the felt, slightly off center, leaving about a 1/2 inch hanging off one end. Glue down along the edges. Make sure you are using just enough to secure, but not too much that the glue oozes out. It will dry clear, but if it leaks you’ll be able to see where.
Now, fold over and glue the remaining section, creating another finished edge.
Using your cup as a guide, fold your sleeve around the cup and lightly mark where you want to glue the sleeve together.
NOTE: I like to mark it just inside where I’ll glue – that way I can be sure it won’t show on the finished sleeve.
Place glue on the approximate 1/2 inch section that will be overlapped.
Wrap around the cup and tah dah! Your completed reusable coffee cup sleeve!
You can stop here for a simple cup sleeve, and completely no sew project. Or…
Grab some of your favorite sparkly things, or just scraps of whatever you have leftover from other projects.
I love these fantastic pre-cut felt shapes – so easy!
Or do it MacSuzie style and use mini cookie cutters to trace your own shapes. ;-)
I also love doing a fun blanket stitch around the edge to give that extra bit of love. Even if you aren’t into sewing or embroidery, I promise it is WAAAAAAAY easier than it looks. See my notes for a great link to instructions.
Here is the finished example – you know I love color!
BONUS:Held in place by a couple of scrapbooking brad fasteners, the felt shapes are a no sew decoration!
But you can also take it a step further and go all out with the embroidery floss, making the felt shapes into appliques.
Here is the one I use almost every day :)
Make several and keep one in your bag or car and one at the office. That way, you’ll be prepared for the impromptu coffee run. Pair with a reusable cup and a gift card or package of individual instant lattes and some homemade french vanilla coffee syrup, and you have the perfect teacher appreciation gift or hostess gift!
By the way, my template should fit all paper coffee shop cups, but definitely check the sizes of your favorite local shop. Or, invest $1 (or $2 or $3) for a reusable cup/lid combo from Starbucks. I’m fairly certain all stores carry them, even if they aren’t on display. Just ask :) (and you don’t have to buy a beverage to purchase one!)
When purchasing felt/fabric, definitely check out your craft/fabric store’s discount bin or quilt section. There will often be 1/4 or 1/3 yard sections that give you MORE than enough for several cup sleeves since you don’t need a ton of felt or fabric to make these. Also, look in the crafting section for paper sized sheets of felt – very inexpensive and perfectly sized for this project.
For amazingly detailed instructions on how to do a blanket stitch, please check out this website. They do a MUCH better job of explaining it than I could, and have wonderful pics to boot!
Don’t forget to check out my copy cat recipe for a Starbucks-style DIY White Chocolate Mocha :) Pumpkin Spice Syrup coming soon!