Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial

Thanks to a surprise snow day, I finally had some free time to play around with my favorite toy – my sewing machine.  I also had the time to continue my slow entrance into the world of blogging, so I figured creating a tutorial for a simple sewing project could be a fun way to spend the afternoon. I started out using these two tutorials for inspiration: onecraftyhome and craftystaci.  Here’s the result of my project:

How to sew your own coffee cup sleeveScreen Shot 2016-02-08 at 4.32.28 PM



  • Coffee cup
  • Paper to make stencil
  • One sheet of felt
  • Fabric (1 or 2 colors)
  • 2 buttons
  • 2 spare hair ties


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I made my own stencil by wrapping a piece of paper around an empty cup, drawing two lines around the circumference of the cup 1/2″ down from the top and 1/2″ up from the bottom. However, if you’re feeling lazy you can print a template here.

Step 1: Cut out three different fabric pieces

Use your stencil to trace the template on the felt, your outside fabric, and your inside fabric. I found using a sharpie was the easiest to way to do this.

Step 2: Tack down your elastic loops

Do this by laying out your felt piece. On top of the felt, lay your inside fabric (I used a plain gray) right side up.  Mark two points where you would like your elastics to be. Sew them down so that your piece resembles this photo:

After you have sewn down your elastics, you can cut off any extra hanging off the edge.

Step 3: Add your third layer and sew the edges

To do this, you need to lay your outside fabric on top of the inside fabric.  This piece needs to be facing right side down. Sew a 1/4″ border around all edges of your piece, leaving about a 1.5″ wide opening on the bottom of your sleeve.

Note the gap in stitching in the right hand picture.  This gap is important because it will allow you to turn your entire piece right side out.

Step 4: Trim your corners

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This will keep your corners from getting thick and bunched up with excess fabric when your turn the whole thing right side out.

Step 5: Turn your piece right side out

I think this is the most exciting step because it starts to resemble the finished product.  When you turn your piece right side out, your elastics will appear and all that’s left to sew will be the 1.5″ opening on the bottom.



Step 6:  Sew around the entire border

This will allow you to close that final opening.  If you want to make things easier on yourself, press the seam with an iron before sewing.

For this step, make sure you use a thread color that looks good with your fabric!

Step 7: Attach the buttons

First you’ll need to measure where the buttons need to go. Wrap the sleeve around your coffee cup and using a pen or pencil, mark the farthest point the elastic will reach without stretching.



And you’re done!IMG_2952

Bonus: Here’s another one I made a few weeks ago for a friend’s birthday:Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 2.28.27 PM


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