Over the weekend, one of the projects I tackled was the creation of these felt cup sleeves. I had some scraps of felt left over from another project, and their long, narrow shape looked just right for wrapping around a cup of something hot. I traced a Starbucks cup sleeve onto one such scrap, cut, and then contemplated ideas for ways to embellish it. A strip of twill tape seemed like it would provide a nice, clean accent. However, I was fresh out of twill tape, and there was a blizzard raging outside.
Not one to be easily deterred, I bundled up and walked to our local variety store. It is quite a place. I think at one point it was a Ben Franklin. Now it’s a locally-owned “everything” store, packed to the brim with toys, craft supplies, holiday decor, pets, and who knows what else. I managed to find a spool of red twill tape, which, judging by the picture on the label, must have been from the early nineties.
Back home, I added the twill to the felt before sewing the ends together. The result was pretty cute, but something was still missing. So I came up with a little personalized tag (printed using this method) and then hand stitched one to each sleeve. Now all my friends will have cozy little cup sleeves for their coffee–personalized ones to boot! To make you own, just follow the directions below.
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:: SUPPLIES ::
cardboard cup sleeve to use as a template
sewing machine and contrasting thread
fabric and supplies to make tags (directions here)
:: DIRECTIONS ::
1) Trace cardboard cup sleeve onto felt, then cut along line.
2) Use sewing machine to sew twill tape along the center of the felt.
3) Sew ends of felt together by overlapping slighting, then stitching up and down along the edge.
4) Print fabric tags using this method, then cut with pinking shears, and hand stitch onto center of cup sleeve.
5) Slip the sleeve onto a coffee cup, and share the joy!