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Fabric Coffee Sleeve Tutorial

Posted by  ·  November 28, 2018  ·  Last Updated: November 28, 2018

Make a fabric coffee sleeve cozy, a stylish alternative to the cardboard version! This would be a great addition to a coffee shop gift card to make a lovely handmade gift. This step by step coffee cozy tutorial makes it easy to make a reusable coffee sleeve.

Coffee cup sleeve, coffee collar, java jacket, mug cozy, ……. no matter what you call it this one is not only stylish but eco friendly. It is perfect for a paper coffee cup filled with hot coffee or other hot beverage!

Coffee Sleeve Supplies

  • Fabric scraps from up to 12 different fabrics
  • 4.5″x12″ piece of backing fabric
  • 4.5″x12″ piece of fusible fleece
  • 1 coordinating elastic hair tie
  • Small button
  • Coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

Seam Allowance: 1/4″ unless noted

How to make a fabric coffee cup cozy

1. Download the sleeve pattern and print a copy of the template, making sure there is no scaling. You can check by measuring the 1″ square. Cut along the dashed line. (If you plan to make more than one, print two, and cut the second along the solid line!)

Coffee Sleeve Pattern

Free Coffee Cozy Template

2. Select your fabrics or scraps and cut twelve 1.5″x4.5″ pieces. Don’t you love this full color design?

3. Sew all 12 strips together along the 4.5″ sides. Press seams however you’d like!

4. Using the template, lay it on top of your patchwork, right sides up. Trace using a water soluble pen (just in case!). Cut out and set aside.

5. Take your lining fabric and place the template on the wrong side of the fabric. Trace and cut out.

6. Using a small length of thread, fold your hair elastic and tie a small knot about a 1/3 of the way over, so that you have two uneven loops. This will help hold it in place when you sew together your cozy!

7. Take your template and cut off the seam allowance by cutting along the solid line. Use this template to cut out your fusible fleece. Fuse to the wrong side of your patchwork piece.

8. Center your hair elastic along one edge of your patchwork piece, with the large loop on the patchwork. Secure with a few stitches with a 1/8″ seam allowance.

9. Place your front and back pieces right sides together and pin around the edges.

10. Sew around all four edges, backstitching at the start and finish, making sure to leave a 1.5″-2″ opening along the bottom edge for turning. Carefully trim the corners and the excess hair elastic.

11. Turn your work inside out, using a turning tool or dull pencil to poke out the corners, press. Top stitch very close to the edge, making sure to close up the opening.

12. On the side opposite the hair tie, center your button 1.5″ from the short edge. Mark with a pen. Start sewing your button from the front side, so that you end up with your knot finishing under the button. This leaves your backing nice and neat!

Those paper cups can get super hot.  Now you can safely handle hot cups and no need for double cupping!

Voila! You’re finished! You could easily make these with more or less patchwork, or simply, without patchwork! In no time at all, you can make a stack of custom coffee sleeves! Hello, handmade gifts!

For more sewing projects to gift this season, check out these tutorials:

Scrappy Stack Mug Rug (maybe a matching one for the coffee cozy!)

Wrapped Wreath

Tutorial by Jeni from In ColorOrder! She loves to sew and hopes to give lots of handmade gifts
this holiday season! 🙂


If you would prefer to crochet a coffee cozy here a couple free crochet patterns:


Leave a Comment


  1. hallie rasbury
    Monday, February 18th, 2019
    Just went through your website. I love your ideas for the coffee sleeve. I would like to make them for sell, may I get your permission? I gladly will put your website information with the design maker.
  2. June K
    Thursday, November 29th, 2018
    Wow, this is so cute. I just finished a sewing project yesterday and had dumped my scraps. I just pulled them out of the trash can (no worries, they are clean). Thanks for sharing.
  3. Sue
    Sunday, November 25th, 2018
    Thank you for the great idea for Christmas gifts for my book club.
  4. Tristina
    Friday, February 23rd, 2018
    That's awesome and adorable , but it looks as if you used stuffing. Did you?🤔
  5. Patricia Packard Reed
    Thursday, January 25th, 2018
    Love the coffee mug cozy idea! I'll be making these for gifts next Christmas.
  6. Maria
    Saturday, August 19th, 2017
    I love the idea of matching cozies and mug rugs. I just found my xmas gift project for my co workers! The elastic tie will let them use it on different size cups too.
  7. Sheila
    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
    Hello, I would like permission to use this pattern with my 4-H sewing club to make.
    Thank you!
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Yes, Shelia! Thanks for asking. Please tell them to visit me for other fun patterns.
  8. Lara
    Thursday, February 11th, 2016
    Thanks for the pattern. My Girl scout is going to love doing this for a sewing project.
  9. Thursday, March 12th, 2015
    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming yet again to read other news.
  10. dahlila
    Saturday, May 10th, 2014
    Just what I was looking for! And the template was easy to print with the little tester square. Collecting some pieces, just need the fleece.
    thank you, d :)
  11. Kaethe Pittman
    Monday, March 17th, 2014
    Wonderful pattern! I am going to make these with a troop of girls, using felt instread of pieced scraps, and scrappy ones for all the ladies in my family. Thank you for publishing it!
  12. Julie Huddleson
    Saturday, January 25th, 2014
    Great idea for a coffee lover's gift but I had trouble with my bobbin thread "birdnesting" when I sewed across the hairband. Are there any tricks to remedy this?
  13. Veronica Salinas
    Friday, December 20th, 2013
    Great tutorial!!! Thank you :)
  14. Wendy Rogers
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
    I love the Coffee Cozy pattern and wanted to print a copy of the pattern information, but could only find the teplate pattern to print ! Does anyone know if I can print the entire pattern directions ? Can't wait to try this cute gift idea :) Thanks
  15. to young to sew but do it
    Saturday, December 1st, 2012
    do you sew on the right side two?
  16. deanna tillmon
    Friday, November 23rd, 2012
    This is a cool way to use up your quilting scraps thanks for the idea, Jeni.
  17. Barb
    Thursday, October 18th, 2012
    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just finished making a couple of these to accompany coffee shop gift cards for birthday presents. They were easy and fun to make and turned out so cute!
  18. Sunday, April 29th, 2012
    Real cute! Would like to make a couple. Pattern says to ask permission to copy. If I share this with anyone, I would tell them it's your pattern. You can email me! Thanks....Diane
  19. Denise
    Sunday, November 13th, 2011
    What a great idea as stocking stuffers for the coffee drinkers. Thanks!!
  20. Cindy
    Monday, October 31st, 2011
    Thank you, once again, for sharing.
  21. CarrieChelle
    Friday, October 14th, 2011
    Thanks for the great tutorial! Here's the first one I made as a gift: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carriechelle/6244716165/

    It was much faster to put together than I expected ... I think I'm hooked on this project now! :)
  22. Monday, October 3rd, 2011
    I love this! I already made one, may make many more.
    I would also like to feature a link to this tutorial in a penny pinching blog post and I am working on. It is for a guest post on another blog.
    LOVE IT!
  23. Friday, September 23rd, 2011
    These are so cute and I am making them for all of my sisters for Christmas. I have 8 sisters so I have lots of work to do! Thanks for the great instructions.
  24. Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
    What a magnificent ideat! You are good! A great business idea is born….you should consider it. Thank you so much for the tutorials!
  25. Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
    Not sure how often i get to compliment what you share here.
    Have been a follower of your blog for long. I would love to say that i enjoy seeing all the posts, all the ideas and crafts shared here. They are very inspiring and so much fun!!
    Cheers to you!!
  26. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    Neat idea to make a personal coffee cozy. You do the best tutorials.
  27. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    You need to sell these! So.Cute.

  28. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    You need to sell these. Wow. So.Cute.

  29. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    Oh My Gosh! What a GREAT idea with the coffee cozy!
  30. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    I have just gotta try this out...thanks for the fabbie tut!
  31. Melva
    Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    Mmmmmmmmmmm Coffee !

    Excellent tute, love the colours in your Cozy. I will be using my scraps for this on the weekend