I’ve been meaning to do this project forever, and finally got around to it when Sew Mama Sew announced Scrap Busting Month. And I’ll do just about anything for a gift certificate to the SMS shop!
This is a great scrap project because you can use such little bits and pieces for the sleeve. I tend to save anything bigger than 1×1″, so it’s nice to have a project to bust some little scraps.
I added some variations at the end, so read through before starting!
Step 1 – go to your favorite coffee shop and order your favorite drink. If you need a suggestion, I recommend a skinny latte, half pump caramel, half pump vanilla – if you’re being good. If you’re being bad, go for the peppermint white mocha. Make sure the drink comes with the cardboard sleeve. After finishing your coffee, carefully pull apart the sleeve.
Now you have a template!
Step 2 – put the template on your inside of choice. You can use Insul-Brite (I did), regular batting (especially if you’re using up scraps of batting!), or interfacing. If you’re using interfacing, though, I’d pick the heaviest weight available. Coffee is hot! Do not use the cardboard as batting unless you plan on never washing it.
Cut out the batting/interfacing in the shape of the template.
Step 3 – pull out those scraps! I used leftovers from the Butterfly Baby Quilt. I had a couple leftover squares that were begging to be pinwheeled, and lots of other little pieces to choose from.
Lay out scraps next to the template-batting to make sure you have enough. I used flannel on the front sides, and they are toasty warm around a cup.
Sew your two sides. I used 1/4″ seams.
Step 4 – put the two sides together, right sides facing each other, with the template-batting on top.
Sew along the template edge.
Leave a small hole to turn the fabric. Not too small of a hole, Insul-Brite at least is rather thick and hard to turn! (I actually stuffed mine after turning, which was also a pain!)
Step 5 – trim away the excess fabric, especially at the corners.
Step 6 – turn the fabric. Insert batting if you forgot it. Sew the hole shut either by machine or by hand. (Or, see Step 7 before sewing hole.)
Step 7 – determine how you want to secure the cozy. I hand-sewed the edges together. It probably would have worked just as well to hold the edges together and whip-stitch it. I don’t think I’d recommend machine sewing the edges, just because it’d be a little bulky of a seam.
But there’s plenty of other ways to finish it. You could:
1) go plain with the fabrics and add a wide ribbon to wrap-tie it, like the crayon rolls.
2) make the left and right side longer and add velcro to the back side before sewing the front and back together.
3) leave a hole on each side and add ribbon to tie.
4) make the sides a little longer and add a cute button and buttonhole. Or a button and fabric or ribbon loop.
5) use hook and eyes to secure it. Or any fasteners or snaps!
Okay, that’s not really plenty. Any other suggestions, add in the comments! :)
Step 8 – go back to your favorite coffee shop and order another peppermint white mocha a skinny latte. Slide your new sleeve over the drink and watch everyone ooh and ahh. Feel smug about the number of cardboard sleeves that will no longer go to the landfill…as you sip from your disposable cup.