Making Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeves

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Is there somebody in your family who spends lots of time at Starbucks? Try these earth friendly coffee cup sleeves. Package it up with a bag of coffee beans or a coffee chop gift card and you have the perfect gift!



  1. Cut the paper coffee sleeve or pull apart where it is attached.

  2. Use this as your template to outline the pattern onto the exterior fabric, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.

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  4. Repeat the same process with the interior fabric.

  5. Repeat the same process with the fusible webbing but this time don't leave a seam allowance.

  6. Iron the fusible webbing onto the exterior fabric. (Do not iron on the webbing side as this will melt and stick to your iron. Always iron on the fabric side.)

  7. Fold the lower seam and without touching the webbing, iron inwards.

  8. Repeat step 6 with the interior fabrics, do the same but without the webbing.

  9. Place the interior fabric panel on top of the exterior panel and sew them together with neat seams at top and bottom. If you aren't happy with the look of the seam you can add bias tape at the top and bottom to neaten it up.

  10. Sew a seam to form a circle out of the strip and place over a fresh disposable coffee cup.

You're ready to fill up your gift cup!

By LovingLynden from Lynden, WA

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February 18, 2017

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Making a colorful coffee sleeve is a fun sewing project and you then have a decorative protective sleeve to keep you from burning your fingers. This is a page about fabric coffee sleeve.

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December 2, 2009

These sleeves are great! Store them in your purse or bag and when you go out for coffee, you won't need a coffee sleeve anymore. Save a few trees! Ideally it's best to bring our own cup too, though often times we forget, which is why these sleeves are fantastic. These are easily stored in a purse or bag and can be left there all the time. Here's how you make them:



  • Existing Cardboard Coffee Sleeve from a local coffee shop (this will be your pattern)
  • Some tracing paper
  • Scrap material (recycle used clothes or denim jeans!)
  • Batting
  • Velcro
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


Take the cardboard sleeve and open it up carefully. Trace it onto the paper, then pin some material to it and cut out the pattern. You may use two different material types to do this. Sew the two pieces inside out leaving a little space for the batting. Put a layer of batting inside and sew it up. Place velcro on the ends to attach. You can also use buttons or snaps but velcro seems to work best and is easier. That's it! Feel free to adorn it with other pieces of material, buttons, patches or anything else you can think of!

Can't sew? You can reuse old socks to make these! Cut out the middle of a sock and use it as a coffee sleeve. Make sure the socks are rather thick though. Thermal ones are good! You can even dye the sock a cool colour and iron on patches to make it more interesting. You can also crochet or knit these coffee sleeves too!

Enjoy :)

Source: These are my own directions for making a coffee sleeve. The idea was taken from several places on the internet.

By Lisa from Halifax, NS


Java Sleeves/Coffee Cozies

If you want to use socks you could use one sock inside another by cutting the tops off and stitching the raw edges around the bottom. It would give more thickness. (12/07/2007)

By Marty Dick

Java Sleeves/Coffee Cozies

What a great idea. They would make great, inexpensive stocking stuffers! (12/07/2007)

By Patty


Java Sleeves/Coffee Cozies

That's a great idea, I also when I get a drink carrier I use it to hold my avocados and other fruits and veggies that can become easily bruised. (12/08/2007)

By Dawn

Java Sleeves/Coffee Cozies

Here's a link to a picture of a knitted one. It looks very cute and personal. (10/06/2008)


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