Celebrate Earth Day with a Reusable Coffee Sleeve DIY

DIY Coffee Sleeves // Twin Stripe

Happy Earth Day, friends! Ever since I was little, I’ve been taught to reduce, reuse and recycle. All three have rubbed off on me and, this Earth Day, I’m sharing a little DIY that will help reduce waste.

As much as I would love to have a reusable mug with me each and every time I grab coffee, it’s not always possible. In order to cut down on the amount of waste  I produce, a friend and I got together to create reusable coffee sleeves. If you have a sewing machine, you can easily create your own coffee sleeve in about 30 minutes.

Reusable Coffee Sleeve  (adapted from Once Crafty Home’s  post)

Coffee Sleeve Template
5″ x 11″ Front Fabric (pattern)
5″ x 11″ Backing Fabric (solid color)
5″ x 11″ Medium Weight Fusible FleeceButton
Elastic (we used hair rubber bands)
Matching Thread
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine

Follow the directions below to find out how to make your own reusable coffee sleeve! 

DIY Coffee Sleeve - Step 1 // Twin Stripe

1.  Cut the medium weight fusible fleece, front, and back fabric out using the coffee sleeve template.  If using patterned fabric, be aware of which edge will be at the top of your coffee sleeve.

TIP: Make  back side larger so you know you are sewing through all of your layers properly.

DIY Coffee Sleeve - Step 2 // Twin Stripe

2. Iron both pieces of fabric to get any wrinkles out and then iron the fusible fleece  onto the front piece of fabric. Lay the front and back fabrics right-sides-together as shown above.

DIY Coffee Sleeve - Step 3 // Twin Stripe

3. Fold the elastic hair rubber band  in half and slide the looped side between the two pieces of fabric. Center it along the short side. Pin the elastic in place and the pin the two layers together.

Are those pins adorable? You can get your own here.

4. Using a sewing machine, sew almost all the way around the two layers of fabric using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave about a 2″ gap on one side of the fabric to turn the fabric right-side-out. Be sure to trim excess fabric around edges and cut fabric corners, making sure not to clip the seams before turning it inside out.

DIY Coffee Sleeve - Step 5 // Twin Stripe

5. Turn the coffee sleeve right side out. Use chopsticks to help get  the corners out completely. Pin the gap closed and then  iron the sleeve flat. Top stitch around the coffee sleeve with an 1/8″ seam allowance. To reinforce the elastic, back stitch and sew over it again.

6.  Fold the edge with the elastic 1/2″ over the non elastic edge. Using a pencil, mark where the inside of the elastic is. Don’t stretch the elastic as you mark where the button will go.

DIY Coffee Sleeve - Step 7 // Twin Stripe

7. Sew the button onto the mark you just made. If you’re not sure how to sew a button on, don’t miss this video. Grab your favorite coffee and place your new sleeve around your  beverage!

DIY Coffee Sleeves // Twin Stripe

You can easily put a coffee sleeve in your bag so you never have to use another paper one again. Your local coffee shop and the environment thank you!

DIY Coffee Sleeves // Twin Stripe

Are you doing anything to celebrate Earth Day? If you do nothing else, I urge you to be aware of how much trash you produce each day and look for ways to cut back.


About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

8 thoughts on “Celebrate Earth Day with a Reusable Coffee Sleeve DIY

  1. Love these. I am disabled so always looking for sewing and crafts to keep me busy. Quick question, do we have to use fleece for the back or can we use any material. What is visible fleece.

  2. Just made one and they r not big enough to close around a Starbucks coffee holder. So cute and will make the pattern larger but kind of frustating.

  3. This looks great. Although, it would be great if the correct sized template was attached with this pos:/

  4. I love the pattern and the fabric you used. I wish there was a print button at the end of the instructions. In any case, these will make great stocking stuffers! Thanks.

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