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When I was working on the most recent entry into my Coffee Sleeve series, I was thinking about school. With my youngest starting his senior year of high school next month, I’m finding myself focused on this being my last year to help anyone get ready. Of course, one of the biggest tasks to tackle is back-to-school clothes, with new jeans on the top of the laundry pile.
In order for you to fully understand what I’m about to tell you, I need to show you my fabric shelf.
It’s not as full as it could be, and definitely not as full as it used to be, but I have a little bit of everything in there. Except, apparently, denim. I’ve always had a bit of denim when I needed it, but I took every single thing off those shelves and there was not a scrap of denim to be found. That’s like having a kitchen with no knives in it. I even asked my son if he had any outgrown jeans I could have, but no luck. I actually had to go to the fabric store specifically to buy a piece of denim for this project. I’m still shaking my head.
Anyway, on to the project. To make this one, you’ll need this pattern, DENIM, cotton fabric for the back, InsulBrite, a button and a 3” piece of elastic cord. This will also have a look much closer to a pair of jeans if you use some gold thread made for matching denim stitching. It’s great for hemming too. I’d also recommend using a denim needle in your sewing machine. You need the larger hole for the gold thread to flow through smoothly.
Cut the sleeve from the denim, then flip the pattern over to cut the back from the cotton. Cut a piece of InsulBrite. Cut the pocket on the fold.
Fold the pocket right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving about an inch open for turning. You can use regular sewing thread for this part. Tie or stitch the ends of the elastic together.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.
Thread your machine with the gold thread and add some decorative stitching to the pocket.
Center the pocket on the denim sleeve. It should be about 1/2” from the top and bottom. Pin in place, adding a tag under the edge if you’d like. Stitch around close to the edge, then again about 1/8” away, leaving the top of the pocket open.
Layer the pieces with the denim sleeve face up and the elastic centered on the right.
Lay the cotton piece over that, right side down, then the InsulBrite on top of that. Pin in place. Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.
Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Stitch all the way around with the gold thread, close to the edge. I added an extra row of stitching at each end to give it the look of seams.
Sew the button on where the elastic reaches and centered.
Slip onto a cup and you’ll be the most stylish parent at the bus stop.
Or, maybe you’re looking for a bribe, err, gift for your kid’s new teacher. Ta-da! Coffee gift card fits perfectly.
Previous coffee sleeves, in case jeans aren’t your thing: