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