How to Make a Reusable Felt and Flannel Coffee Sleeve

Give a plain coffee cup some pizzazz with a handmade cozy. It cuts down on waste while looking stylish and adorable.

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Coffee and crafts go together like PB&J. Not just drinking coffee while you craft, how about making crafts for your coffee. Once you see how easy it is to make this double-sided coffee sleeve to keep your coffee hot and your hand cool, you will be whipping one up for every day of the week.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Sure coffee shops give you a free cardboard sleeve. Great,  take that sleeve and use it as a template to create your own custom coffee sleeves. Not only will you have the coolest custom coffee in town, you will be cutting down on waste.

Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins for all the details on how to make your own coffee sleeve from an old flannel shirt.  Keep reading for all the details.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins


Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

  • felt
  • flannel shirt
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • stencil
  • paint
  • stencil brush
  • hair elastic
  • button
  • scissors
  • cardboard coffee sleeve
  • pen

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Use your cardboard coffee sleeve as a template. Most coffee cups are a standard size. Trace the cardboard onto a piece of felt and cut it out. Do the same thing to an old flannel shirt.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Using paint and a stencil create a decorative embellishment – like a leaf – onto the felt. Remember that stenciling is a dry brush technique. Allow it to dry and then cut it out.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Using a blanket stitch to embroider the two pieces together. On the felt side of the sleeve, attach the hair elastic with embroidery floss.  On the flannel side, attach a small button using the floss. By using elastic, the sleeve will be more adjustable.

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DIY Fox and Leaf Coffee Sleeves

Handmade coffee sleeves give instant charm to any paper cup.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Use a decorative stitch to attach the stenciled felt embellishment.

Wrap the sleeve around your cup of coffee. Try other fun embellishments and styles like felt foxes or initials.

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