Fabric Coffee Sleeve Tutorial

    Posted by  ·  September 20, 2011

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    Hi, I’m Jeni from In Color
    ! I love to sew, and I hope to give lots of handmade gifts
    this holiday season! 🙂

    Today I’m sharing a tutorial for a Coffee Cozy, a stylish alternative
    to the cardboard version! This would be a great addition to a coffee
    shop gift card!


    Materials for Coffee Cozy

    – 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

    Seam Allowance: 1/4″ unless noted

    How to make a fabric coffee cup cozy

    1. Download the 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!)

    Free Coffee Cozy Template

    2. Select your fabrics or scraps and cut twelve 1.5″x4.5″ pieces.

    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

    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

    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, back stitching 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!

    Voila! You’re finished! You could easily make these with more or less
    patchwork, or simply, without patchwork!

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

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


    Leave a Comment


    1. Tristina
      Friday, February 23rd, 2018
      That's awesome and adorable , but it looks as if you used stuffing. Did you?🤔
    2. Patricia Packard Reed
      Thursday, January 25th, 2018
      Love the coffee mug cozy idea! I'll be making these for gifts next Christmas.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Lara
      Thursday, February 11th, 2016
      Thanks for the pattern. My Girl scout is going to love doing this for a sewing project.
    6. 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.
    7. 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 :)
    8. 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!
    9. 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?
    10. Veronica Salinas
      Friday, December 20th, 2013
      Great tutorial!!! Thank you :)
    11. 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
    12. to young to sew but do it
      Saturday, December 1st, 2012
      do you sew on the right side two?
    13. deanna tillmon
      Friday, November 23rd, 2012
      This is a cool way to use up your quilting scraps thanks for the idea, Jeni.
    14. 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!
    15. 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
    16. Denise
      Sunday, November 13th, 2011
      What a great idea as stocking stuffers for the coffee drinkers. Thanks!!
    17. Cindy
      Monday, October 31st, 2011
      Thank you, once again, for sharing.
    18. 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! :)
    19. 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!
    20. 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.
    21. 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!
    22. 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!!
    23. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
      Neat idea to make a personal coffee cozy. You do the best tutorials.
    24. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
      You need to sell these! So.Cute.

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

    26. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
      Oh My Gosh! What a GREAT idea with the coffee cozy!
    27. Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
      I have just gotta try this out...thanks for the fabbie tut!
    28. 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