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DIY coffee sleeves. Important note when making DIY coffee cup sleeve

It’s important to stay warm while drinking coffee, but it can be difficult to find the right coffee sleeve that fits your cup and keeps you warm.

diy coffee sleeves
diy coffee sleeves

Not only is it hard to find a coffee sleeve that meets all your needs, but they can also be expensive.

So, how to solve this above problems? DIY coffee sleeves are the perfect solution for anyone who wants to keep their coffee warm and their hands protected. The easy-to-follow instructions from Jackie Reeve will help you make a coffee sleeve that fits your cup perfectly. Plus, we also give you Important note when making diy coffee cup sleeve. Let’s check our post below!

DIY coffee sleeves

diy coffee sleeves
diy coffee sleeves

A DIY coffee sleeve is a mug cozy or insulation sleeve that you can make yourself, typically out of materials like fabric or felt. They slip over the outside of your coffee mug to keep your hands from getting too hot or cold, and can also help prevent spills.

You can find many different tutorials online for how to make your own DIY coffee sleeve. Whether you make your own , a coffee sleeve is a great way to help you enjoy your favorite beverage while on the go.

Here are detailed steps to How to sew a coffee cup sleeve:

Materials and Tools

– 1/4 yard of cotton fabric

– Coordinating thread

– A coffee cup

– Scissors- Pins

– A sewing machine

Step 1: Make a coffee cup sleeve pattern.

  1. Make a pattern for your coffee sleeve first.
  2. Rip the top off an old coffee sleeve.
  3. Place it on your fabric and trace around it, making the trace 3/4″ bigger on the top and  bottom, and 1″ larger on each side.
  4. Once you start sewing, these modifications are applied to account for seam allowance and  overlaps.

Step 2: Use a scissors or cutter to cut out your template.

Cut off one side of your coffee sleeve using the  cutter or scissors and the lines you traced onto your cloth in the previous step.

Make careful you cut on top of a  cutting mat to safeguard your work area.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 with your second fabric.

Repeat step 2 with the second color of cloth, this time tracing the shape you just cut out. You should now have two matching fabric pieces, which you will use to construct your reversible coffee cup sleeve by sewing them together.

Step 4: Trim the cloth and add fabric stabilizer.

Fabric stabilizer will stiffen the sleeve and provide heat protection for your hand. I’ve discovered that iron on varieties work best. Trace and cut your fabric piece again over the fabric stabilizer, as you did in step 3, but this time trim it down to approximately 1/2″ within the sleeve using your scissors.

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Then, iron the cut-to size fabric stabilizer onto the wrong side of one of your pieces of fabric; since the fabric stabilizer is so thick, we won’t want to stitch on it for folding reasons.

Step 5: Pin the two pieces of fabric together.

Place the two fabrics right sides together and pin them in place. Be sure to leave an opening at the bottom of the sleeve large enough to turn the fabric right side out.

Step 6: Attach the hook tape to lining

Sew the ‘hook’ tape piece to one short end of the lining, vertically, approximately half an inch away from the raw edges of the lining piece, as shown.
Because there will be no visible velcro stitching on your outside cloth this way. If you don’t mind, you may put your hook tape (to the lining) at the same time as the loop tape (to the outer).

Step 7: Sew around the pinned fabric.

Sew a 3/8″ seam allowance around the entire rectangle of fabric, reinforcing the stitch over the elastic cord and at the corners. Don’t sew it completely closed, leaving about two inches open on the end that doesn’t have the elastic cord attached. Snip any excess string with the super sharp  thread snips.

Sew around the pinned fabric, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Start at the top of one side, sew around to the other side, and then stop with your needle in the fabric at the bottom of the sleeve.

Step 8: Trim the seam allowance

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and then turn the fabric right side out through the opening you left at the bottom.

Step 9: Turn the fabric right side out.

This is reversible coffee cup sleeve tutorial. Flip your coffee sleeve over to view the exterior fabric. Turn your coffee sleeve right away  out and press the corners in with pen. This will assist refine the image and produce clean edges. 
You should still have one free edge open, but don’t worry, we’ll shut it shortly.

Step 10: Insert the loop tape.

Attach the loop tape to your outer cloth vertically, opposite the hook tape you previously placed to the lining:
+ If you drink coffee at home, you’re probably using the same size cup. 
+ If your cup is not precisely the normal size, model your coffee cozy against it and note the location where your velcro tape will go (the loop tape). Then, as indicated above, apply the loop tape.

Step 11: Iron flat and sew the opening closed.

Iron flat, tucking in the seam allowance at the opening, and then sew it closed.

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Step 12: Decorate as desired.

You’re done! Now you can decorate your coffee cup sleeve as desired. I like to add a little button or charm to mine.

This is a great project for beginners who are just learning how to sew. It’s a simple project that doesn’t require a lot of materials, and it’s a great way to practice your sewing skills. And once you’ve made one, you can make them for all your friends!

Important note when making diy coffee cup sleeve

– If you are using this sleeve with a disposable cup, be sure to remove it before disposing of the cup. The sleeve is not meant to be disposed of along with the cup.

– Double check the sizes in your favorite neighborhood store. Alternatively, spend $1 (or $2 or $3) for a Starbucks reusable cup/lid pair.

– Check for your craft/fabric store’s bargain bin or quilt department while buying felt/fabric.

– Because you don’t need a lot of felt or fabric to construct them, there will frequently be 1/4 or 1/3 yard parts that provide you more than enough for numerous cup sleeves.

– Also, seek for paper-sized pieces of felt in the crafts aisle, they’re really cheap and exactly suited for this project.

Some creative DIY Coffee Sleeves models

Knitted bow coffee sleeve

Knitted bow coffee sleeve
Knitted bow coffee sleeve

This easy and adorable coffee sleeve is made with just a few yards of worsted weight yarn and some basic knitting skills. It’s the perfect way to show your caffeine-loving friends some love!

Tools and materials:


-Needles for knitting


Step 1: Make a 20-stitch chain.

Step 2: Knit a rectangle large enough to wrap around the mug for which you’re constructing the sleeve. Make sure the two ends of the rectangle touch as you pull it out since it won’t hold up on the coffee cup if it’s too loose.

Step 3: Attach the connected adornment (bow, flower, or your own design!) by “sewing” it on with the same color yarn.

Felt coffee cozies

Felt coffee cozies
Felt coffee cozies

Tools and Ingredients:

– 1/4 yard of felt in two colors (or more if you want to add stripes)

– Coordinating thread

– Scissors

– Needle

– Pin

– Water soluble pen or chalk (optional)

– Ruler or measuring tape

– Iron and ironing board (optional)


1. Cut two rectangles out of the felt, each measuring 4″x5″. If you want to add stripes to your coffee cozy, cut strips of additional felt in your desired width and length.

2. Place the rectangles on top of each other, wrong sides facing. If you’re adding stripes, position them now as well.

3. Use a water soluble pen or chalk to draw a line around the perimeter of the rectangles, about 1/4″ from the edge. This will be your stitching line.

4. Sew along the stitching line with a needle and thread, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. If you’re adding stripes, sew them on now as well.

5. Trim the excess thread and felt from the edges.

6. Optional: Iron the coffee cozy to flatten any wrinkles.

7. Slip your coffee cozy over a mug and enjoy!

Quilted coffee sleeve

Quilted coffee sleeve
Quilted coffee sleeve

This quilted coffee sleeve is a quick and easy project that makes a great gift for the coffee lover in your life! It’s also a great way to use up small scraps of fabric.

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-1/4 yard quilting cotton or other light-weight fabric (scraps can be used)

-1/4 yard fusible interfacing

-Coordinating thread


-Iron and ironing board

-Sewing machine


1. Cut two rectangles of fabric and interfacing, each measuring 4″x5″. If using scraps, piece the fabric together to make two rectangles that are each 4″x5″.

2. Place the interfacing on the wrong side of one of the fabric rectangles. If using scraps, place the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric that will be the back of the coffee sleeve.

3. Iron to adhere the interfacing, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Place the two rectangles of fabric right sides together and pin in place.

5. Sew around the perimeter of the rectangles, leaving a 1″ opening for turning.

6. Trim the corners and turn right side out. Press flat, then sew the opening closed.

7. Slip your quilted coffee sleeve over a mug and enjoy!

Some more popular DIY coffee sleeves are: the knitted bow coffee sleeve, the felt coffee cozy, and the quilted coffee sleeve. All three of these can be made with just a few yards of worsted weight yarn and some basic knitting or sewing skills. They’re the perfect way to show your caffeine-loving friends some love!

FAQs DIY coffee sleeves

What kind of paper is used to make cup sleeves?

Cup sleeves are typically made from paperboard, a stiff paper material that is easy to print on and cut to size. Some cup sleeve manufacturers also offer sleeves made from recycled paper or compostable materials for an eco-friendly option.

When choosing a paper for your cup sleeves, be sure to consider the printing process you’ll be using as well as the overall look and feel you want to achieve.

Why is a coffee sleeve referred to as a zarf?

Make sure you don’t leave the coffee shop without your zarf! Zarf is an odd-looking loanword from Arabic that originally signified a metal holder for a drinking glass – which would be difficult to manage if it held a hot beverage.

What is the name of the cardboard ring that surrounds a coffee cup?

It is known as a “coffee cup sleeve,” and it is also known as coffee sleeves, grip c up sleeves or  Coffee clutches

What do we call Starbucks sleeves?

It is called  EarthSleeve™ cup sleeves , which are manufactured from less paper and more post-consumer material than Starbucks’ prior cup sleeves.


To summarize, how to make fabric coffee cup sleeve? Coffee sleeves are the perfect way to keep your hands warm on a cold day, and now you can make them yourself with our easy diy coffee sleeve tutorial. These sleeves are simple to make and only require a few basic materials that you may already have at home.  So grab your supplies and get started today! Thanks for reading our post from!

Jackie Reeve

Since 2015, Jackie Reeve has worked at Wirecutter as a senior staff writer about bedding, organizing, and homeware. She formerly worked as a school librarian and for roughly 15 years as a quilter. Her quilt designs and other writings have been published in a number of magazines. Every morning, she gets ready for bed and conducts the Wirecutter staff book club. At the same time, she works as an editor at

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