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 Cozy Tutorial

Giving a cofee gift for a teacher? Add these super cute Teacher Coffee Gift Cards,  Use these free printable Thanks a latte tags to tell a coffee lover how much you appreciate them.

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 Cozy Tutorial 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
  • Free Coffee Cozy Template

Seam Allowance: 1/4″ unless noted

fabric for coffee sleeves
Fabric for Free Coffee Cozy Pattern

How to make a fabric coffee cup cozy

1. Download the coffee 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!)
2. Select your fabrics or scraps and cut twelve 1.5″x4.5″ pieces. Don’t you love this full-color design? It makes such a beautiful coffee cozy pattern.12 pieces cut for the fabric cozy

3. Sew all 12 strips together along the 4.5″ sides. Press seams however you’d like!template placed on patchwork right sides up

4. Using the coffee sleeve 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.template placed on patchwork right sides up

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

place coffee sleeve template on lining and cut
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!Thread knotted on hair elastic with one small and one large loop

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 elastic sewn to the patchwork sleeve

9. Place your front and back pieces right sides together and pin around the together the front and back pieces for the coffee cozy

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.all four edges of the fabric coffee sleeve sewn together

11. Turn your work inside out, using a turning tool or dull pencil to poke out the corners, and press. Top stitch very close to the edge, making sure to close up the opening.turn fabric pieces for coffee cozy
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!button centered from the short edge

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

Cute fabric coffee sleeve shown on cup

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!

fabric cozy

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 DIY coffee cozy here are a couple of free crochet patterns:

For more sewing projects to gift this season, check out these homemade gifts to sew.

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  1. 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.

  2. Hello, I would like permission to use this pattern with my 4-H sewing club to make.
    Thank you!

  3. At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming yet again to read other news.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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

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