How to Make a Coffee Cup Sleeve

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You can make this reusable coffee cup sleeve by following a few basic steps. The idea behind a cup sleeve is to not only keep the beverage warm but also to protect your hands from the heat. Using the recommended adhesive, you can wash the sleeve and toss it into the dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee cup (paper or plastic)
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Crafting felt
  • Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Use the ruler to measure the height of the cup. Subtract 1 3/4 inches from the measurement and make a note of the final number. This will be the height of the sleeve, which should sit at least 1 inch from the top rim of the cup and 3/4 of an inch up from the bottom edge of the cup.

  • Spread the felt onto a flat surface. Place the ruler onto the fabric and use the marker to make the measurement for the sleeve height. Cut the fabric with the scissors.

  • Wrap the fabric around the cup. Hold the fabric in place with one hand and use the marker to mark the fabric so it overlaps itself by 1/4 inch. (You'll notice the fabric is loose on the bottom so wrap the fabric until it becomes secure at the top and bottom. It will be irregular in shape at this point but that will be taken care of later.) Mark the fabric where it overlaps at the 1/4-inch mark. Cut the fabric.

  • Wrap the cut fabric around the cup and secure the edges using the glue by spreading a thin line of glue along the inside edge of the felt where it overlaps. Press the glued pieces together while on the cup so it is secure. Let it set for a minute or two.

  • Slide the sleeve from the cup. Flatten the sleeve so the edges meet. Using the scissors trim the felt where it is uneven. The fabric can be washed after a 24-hour period.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate the felt with stitchery, gems or beads.
  • If glue gets on your hands, wash immediately with soap and water.

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