When I received a lovely fat quarter bundle from the Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection in the mail, the color and patterns made me think of coffee....well in all fairness I'm always thinking of coffee but these really did, ok? Reusable coffee sleeves help to cut waste and adds a little snazz to your cup. I have been wanting to make some for quite a while and these patterns were perfect for the task.
Here's how I did it.
1. First you need to create or print the pattern for your sleeve. You can create a pattern by simply opening up one of the disposable sleeves and adding a 1/4 an inch around all sides or you can use the free pattern I uploaded here. My pattern already has the seam allowance factored.
3. Layer the fabrics with the felt on bottom, interior sleeve fabric second and the exterior sleeve fabric on top. Make sure the exterior and interior sleeve fabrics are facing right sides together (wrong sides out) and pin into place..
4 Sew around the outside of the layers (using a 1/4 inch seam allowance), completely closing three of the sides and leaving a small opening on the center on one end. Clip the edges of all four corners in the seam allowance to help the corners pop out better.
5. Turn the layers right side out though the small opening left on the end, making sure that the felt layer is turned toward the inside of the sleeve.
6. Cut a hair elastic in half. Using one of the halves, add a couple of stitches to the end to create a loop. Tuck the loop into the small opening that was previously used for turning the sleeve right side out. Top stitch around all four corners to flatten the sleeve and secure elastic inside.
7. Wrap the sleeve around a coffee cup and marked the side of sleeve inside elastic at the your farthest closing point.
8. Sew button onto marked spot and enjoy!
Once you finish the construction of the actual sleeve you can leave it at is or embellish anyway that you choose. I chose to embellish mine with fabric yo-yo's I made using additional fabrics from my fat quarter bundle. You can see how I create fabric yo-yo's on my Quick Scrappy Can Upcycle post. You could also consider sewing a button to the other side of the sleeve to make it reversible. The possibilities are endless.
Want the exact fabrics I used? You can click here to find where to purchase. Hope you enjoyed and happy crafting, my friends!
Disclosure,Credits and Kudos:
Special thanks to Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection for providing fabrics for this project.
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