I’ve been going crazy lately trying to come up with awesome, easy, fun projects that I can whip up for the upcoming Holiday Bazaar at work. I’ve been scouring my favorite blogs and pouring over pins on Pinterest, and there’s SO MUCH out there that at times it’s completely overwhelming. Seriously. Go check out Pinterest. You’ll probably be there the rest of the day. It’s ok, I understand. I’ll still be here when you get back.
This week I finally found something that I think is absolutely perfect for the upcoming holiday season: reusable coffee cup sleeves. I don’t know about you, but when I’m Christmas shopping, there’s no better companion than a hot cup of something. Even though during the rest of the year, I really try to avoid spending $5 on a coffee and generally make my own, during the holidays I’m a Starbucks junkie, and have been known to make multiple stops on one outing. Their holiday drinks are just so good I can’t help myself! Go try a white chocolate peppermint mocha. Yes, I know it’s amazing. You’re welcome.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand: I try to use a reusable mug whenever possible, but sometimes carrying a travel mug in my purse just isn’t feasible. I like to carry a smaller purse when power shopping so I have more hand and arm space for shopping bags. A cup sleeve, on the other hand, hardly takes up any space at all, and is totally cute and fun.
Rather than stealing a pattern from someone else in the blogosphere, I used a lot of trial and error on this one to come up with something all my own. I took a cardboard cup sleeve from Starbucks and used it to create a couple of templates to help me out. It took me a couple of tries, but I think I’ve finally got it right!
Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve
- Cardboard coffee cup sleeve from your favorite shop
- 2 fabrics in coordinating colors (or you can use just one)
- Hair elastic
- Cardstock (to make some templates
- Cotton batting
Sewing basics like scissors, sewing machine etc
The first thing I did was disassemble the cardboard cup sleeve and lay it out flat on top of my cardstock. I traced it pretty much exactly-I just smoothed out the edges where it tucks underneath, because it was a funky shape. This true-to-size template will be for the cotton batting, because you don’t want to bulk up your seams.
Next, I traced the sleeve again, but added 1/4 inch all the way around to include seam allowances, to make the inner/outer template. This time, I kept the sort of funky shape, because on the finished sleeve, you want to make sure the underside doesn’t stick out ( I learned this on attempt #1. It didn’t go so well).
Now it’s time to cut out your pieces. Trace the inner/outer template onto the wrong side of your fabric using a water soluble marker. Now, this is very important-FLIP YOUR TEMPLATE OVER SO YOU ARE GETTING A MIRROR IMAGE, and trace and cut out one piece this way. Trust me, it’s the only way to make it work (I learned this on attempt #2. I threw that one away in frustration). Then cut out a piece of batting using the batting template.
Now it’s time to attach your batting to the wrong side of one of your inner/outer pieces-it doesn’t matter which. Make sure it’s as centered as possible. I used fusible batting, so I just ironed it down, but you could also use spray adhesive, or tack it down in a few key places.
A very important step is to attach your elastic. I cut a small hair elastic in half, and basted it down to what will eventually be the outside of my cup sleeve-the side that did not have batting attached to it, just to simplify things. Just lay the elastic down on the right side of the fabric with the raw edges lined up. We’re going to sew over it again multiple times, so I didn’t worry about getting it too secure. Just make sure it’s centered! Sorry I don’t have pictures of this step-like I said, I was flying by the seat of my pants on this one! Maybe next time I make one I’ll insert a pic!
Next it’s time for a sandwich. Place your inner/outer fabrics right sides together and pin-this is where you’ll see whether or not you cut correctly! If you cut two pieces with the template facing the same way, there is no way you’ll be able to line the pieces up right sides together. Trust me. It was very frustrating! Pin the pieces together and sew down using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, but make sure to leave a 2 inch opening to turn. I recommend leaving the opening on what will be the bottom of the sleeve.
Turn her right side out and press, tucking the extra at the opening in to make nice seams. Don’t worry about stitching the hole shut, because to finish it up, you’re going to topstitch all the way around, using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
The final step is to attach the button to hold it all closed. To get the placement right, I wrapped the sleeve around an empty Dunks cup, stretched out the elastic a bit, and marked the spot where the button should go with my water soluble marker. If you’re not too comfortable attaching buttons, check out this tutorial over at Purl Bee. I promise it’s not too hard!
And there you have it! Now you can be stylish, planet friendly, and protect your hands from those steaming hot white chocolate peppermint mochas! Mmmmm.
If anything is unclear, or you’d like some additional coaching, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy sewing!