I know I’ve said this about others, but that was before this adorable little fox came into my life. This is definitely my favorite coffee sleeve yet. I couldn’t be happier with the way he turned out, and this is the one that will be on my coffee cup from now until it’s time to break out the Christmas.
To make this little guy, you’ll need this pattern, cotton fabric, white felt, black felt, InsulBrite, iron-on interfacing, craft thread, 3” of elastic cord and a 5/8 - 3/4” button.
Cut the body, head and ears from the fabric. Flip each pattern piece over and cut a second piece. Cut the one body and head from the interfacing, making sure it will iron on to the back of the pieces that will be facing out. Cut out all the felt pieces in the appropriate colors and one body piece from the InsulBrite.
Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the body and head. Position the felt pieces as shown on the pattern. Hand or machine stitch in place. For mine, I used a machine for the white pieces and sewed the little black nose on by hand. Don’t worry about the outside edges – they will be sewn into the seam. Add eyes with tiny buttons or craft thread.
Pin the ear pieces right sides together and stitch, leaving the straighter bottom edge open. Clip the corners, turn and press.
Center the ears between the marks on the head indicated on the pattern. Pin in place with the ears to the inside.
Lay the back of the head over the top with right sides together. Stitch, leaving a small opening between the ear and point at the side of the head for turning. Turn right side out and press, folding in opening. Top stitch near the upper edge of the head, sewing opening closed. Set aside.
If desired, add stitching to mark the line between the front legs.
Sew or tie the ends of the elastic together. Layer the body piece face up. Lay the elastic with the loop in at the tip of the feet.
Add the back piece face down, then the InsulBrite over that. Stitch through all layers, leaving an opening at the bottom. Clip corners. Turn and press, turning in opening. Topstitch around the outside, but not over the felt.
If our theme for this month was road kill, we could stop here, but that’s not exactly what we’re going for. Position the head so that the bottom edge meets the top of the legs. Hand stitch the head in place, following the top stitching around the edge. Amazing the difference a face makes, huh?
Sew a button at the point the elastic reaches on the tail when wrapped around a cup. Be sure to stick a toothpick under the button while sewing so the elastic will have room to loop around it.
I want to go to a coffee shop right now, just so I can use this sleeve.