It’s time for the second entry in my Coffee Sleeve of the Month series! I’m trying to stay a little ahead of the holidays with these, so naturally I went with a Fourth of July theme this time. However, this little baby could be made in other prints and colors and used any time of year.
You’ll need this pattern, cotton fabric for the front and back, cotton fabric for the front and back of the pinwheel, InsulBrite, two 1/2 – 1” buttons, 3” piece of elastic cord. I’m going to give instructions based on using InsulBrite, but if you’d prefer the ironing board fabric and cotton batting I usually use, you can read about that here.
Cut out the fabric for both sides of the sleeve and the InsulBrite using the large pattern piece. Cut four of the triangles of each pinwheel fabric for a total of eight. I used interfacing inside the pinwheel, but I don’t feel like it was necessary. In fact, it would probably be easier to sew on in the end without it.
Lay two triangles from opposite fabrics right side together. Stitch around the outside, leaving a 1” opening for turning. Clip the corners.
Turn right side out and press, turning opening in.
Lay the front piece of the sleeve face up. Tie a piece of thread around the ends of the elastic to create a loop. Place the loop in the center of the straight end with the loop to the inside.
Lay the back of the sleeve on top, right side down. Finish with the InsulBrite and pin all layers in place. Stitch around the outside, leaving 2” open at the bottom. Backstitch a few times over the elastic. Clip corners.
Turn right side out, carefully pushing the corners out with a pointy object. Stitch close to the edge all the way around.
Curve sleeve into a loop as it will be on a cup. Mark the point where the elastic reaches comfortably without stretching. Stitch a button over the mark with a toothpick slide underneath. Wrap the thread around under the button before knotting.
Fold the sleeve in half to find the center opposite the button. Pin the triangles on as shown, using the center point as the center.
Stitch from corner to corner on the left side of the bottom triangle. Do the same to the other three, so all four have stitching down one side.
Fold the loose corner of each triangle to the center. Stitch through a couple of times to hold.
Stitch a button through the center. I found I needed a thimble and some pliers as I was stitching through several layers at some points.
You’ll find this one in my Etsy shop, as hard as it will be to part with.
Now I’m in the mood for some coffee. Who am I kidding…I’m never NOT in the mood for some coffee.