Coffee cup sleeves can work as little potholders while helping us avoid singed fingertips, which is likely a person’s least favorite part of buying their favorite coffee. Sleeves can also add a little personality to our coffee cups. They’re simple products, but they have enough relevance that the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) built a show around them. The coffee cup sleeve has design capability, and by making one yourself, you might create the next “humble masterpiece.”
Supplies for DIY Coffee Cup Sleeves:
- Coffee cup sleeve pattern
- Cotton fabric
- Cotton batting/Insul-Bright
- Ironing board fabric (optional)
- Elastic hair band
- Needle & thread
Directions for DIY Coffee Cup Sleeves
- Preparation: While printing your sleeve pattern, make sure it’s the right scale. The pattern should measure ¾” straight across (corner to corner) and 9 ⅛” across the bottom (also corner to corner.) You can also use borderless printing to make sure you have the full size.
- Cut one piece from Insul-Bright and two pieces from cotton fabric. If you use cotton batting instead of Insul-Bright, use two layers of ironing board fabric also.
- Zigzag stitch through the center of the hair tie (at least ⅜ long) and then cut through the center.
- Construction: Lay cotton fabric face up horizontally. For cotton batting, start by laying ironing fabric face down.
- Place the hair band on the edge of the left-hand side in the middle.
- Lay the other piece of cotton fabric face down, then lay the other piece of Insul-Bright face up. For cotton batting, lay the other piece of fabric down face up. Lay the other piece of ironing board fabric face down. Then, lay the batting over both pieces.
- Stitch around the edge with a ¼” seam. Leave a 2” open on the bottom edge. Backstitch over the elastic and clip the curves and corners.
- Turn and press, and stitch around close to the edge.
- Lay flat and fold so the ends meet. Mark the furthest point the hair tie will reach without stretching.
- Stitch a button on each side over the mark with a toothpick underneath.
- After stitching, remove the toothpicks and wrap the remaining thread under each button a few times before knotting the thread.
Sleeves can be made reversible with Velcro, skinny, or wide. You can make up a variety of designs with a lot of different material. For the holidays, you can even make them as gifts for friends and relatives using their favorite patterns and colors. What’s a better gift than a warm cup of coffee?
Feel free to check out the Hipp’s Help store for any home improvement needs or supplies for projects. We offer FREE ship to store for all of Mountain View customers. And we also offer reasonable shipping rates for the rest of our customers throughout the country.
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