Place your old sweater in the pillowcase. Put the pillowcase -- with the sweater inside -- in the washing machine with a dash of laundry soap.Wash the sweater and pillowcase in hot water, using the highest agitation cycle. This will felt the wool fibers and create a thick, soft fabric that is fray-free.
Every coffee shop uses those disposable cardboard sleeves that slip onto your coffee or tea cup to help insulate the contents as well as protect your hands from the internal temperature. But why grab a disposable sleeve when you can easily create a reusable coffee "jacket" from an old, unused sweater? Add a button for closure and you can drink your coffee guilt-free using a cute, personalized sleeve. One sweater will make several, so consider making extras as gifts.
- Old 100% wool sweater
- Laundry detergent
- Washing machine and dryer
- Cardboard drink sleeve
- Matching or contrasting embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
Remove the sweater from the washer and pull it from the pillowcase. Look at the surface of the sweater. The stitches should be fuzzy and barely visible. If not, place the sweater back in the pillowcase and rewash.
Dry the sweater and pillowcase on high to complete the felting process.
Open the cardboard coffee sleeve along its glued seam. Lay the flattened sleeve on the front of the sweater to make a pattern for cutting. Cut the sweater around the edges of the coffee sleeve.
Make a small slit 1-in. in on one side of the piece of the sweater you just cut out. The slit should be centered in-between the top and bottom edge. This will form a buttonhole to close your coffee sleeve.
Thread the embroidery needle with a small length of embroidery thread. Knot one end and whipstitch all around the inside of the buttonhole to re-enforce it. Knot the last stitch and clip any excess.
Sew the button on the other side of the sleeve, using additional embroidery thread and the needle. The button should be positioned directly opposite the buttonhole.
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