DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve Sewing Kits

I’m excited to announce I’ve added a new item to my Etsy shop – DIY Coffee Cup Sleeve Sewing Kits! 2014-11-11 201

Everything you’ll need to make your own reversible coffee cup sleeve is included, except a sewing machine and some thread.  Even the sewing machine is optional, as these could be sewn by hand.  I’ve even included a blank tag, which can be personalized with a fine tip permanent marker!

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I just listed these, so there are lots of fabric options to choose from.  At only $5 each, they’ll make great stocking stuffers or small gifts.

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To celebrate this fun new addition to my shop, when you buy two kits you’ll get a third FREE!  Just add three kits to your cart, click “Apply Shop Coupon Code” and enter the code BTGOKITS and click “Apply.”  It will deduct $6 from your order – $5 for the kit and $1 for shipping.  The code is good through Sunday, November 16, 2014.

These have already hit the Kits and Tutorials page in Gift Ideas on Etsy, so don’t wait – they might not last long!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–A Year in Review

It occurred to me that some of you haven’t been with me for an entire year yet, and may have missed out on some of the fun (for me anyway) that was the Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month series.  Not to mention, I just wanted to see them all gathered up in one place, one last time.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month - A Year in Review

Coffee Sleeve of the Month - A Year in Review

It all started with a Father’s Day Fish for the angler dads out there.

Fish Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

Fish Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

Since I was planning a month ahead, that was followed by the Pinwheel, made in patriotic red, white and blue for Independence Day.

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Pinwheel Coffee Cup Sleeve - Crafty Staci 13

July brought what started out as Sunglasses, but using the same pattern I made the retro 3D Glasses too.

Sunglasses Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

Sunglasses Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

As fall approached, I started thinking about new school clothes, which led to the New Jeans sleeve.

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New Jeans Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 11

The Halloween Bat was one of the first sleeve patterns I sketched.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 1

Coffee Sleeve of the Month Halloween Bat - Crafty Staci 1

This little Fox was so much fun to make.

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Fox Coffee Cup Sleeve - Crafty Staci 11

This calm Christmas Tree was perfect for the hectic season.

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Christmas Tree Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 11

The Pennant Banner was nice with the winter theme, but a change of fabric and this would work for any season.

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month - Pennant Banner - Crafty Staci 12

Valentine’s Day had me focusing on hearts, so naturally that lead to the Heart and Arrow sleeve.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 13

The Rainbow sleeve was a bit of a bumpy road, but worth it in the end.

Rainbow Mug Mat and Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

Rainbow Mug Mat and Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

I had actually made a slightly different version of the Class of ‘14 sleeve a year ago, but had to hold onto the pattern until just the right time to share it this year.

Class of 14 Coffee Sleeve

Class of 14 Coffee Sleeve

Of course my final sleeve, or Bride and Groom pair of sleeves in this case, was a set I’ve been wanting to make since my daughter got engaged a year ago.

Bride and Groom Coffee Cup Sleeves - Crafty Staci 18

Bride and Groom Coffee Cup Sleeves - Crafty Staci 18

That’s what my last year has looked like.  These were fun for me and I looked forward to the next one every month.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them, and maybe added one or two of them to your own collection!

Rainbow Coffee Cozy

Months ago, I had the idea to make this month’s coffee sleeve as a rainbow, due to the proximity to St. Patrick’s Day.  It seemed perfect, because the arched shape of the sleeve would lend itself perfectly to a rainbow.  I even thought it would be an easy one.  Well, things didn’t exactly go to plan, but I ended up somewhere pretty good anyway.

Really, the only thing wrong with my original pattern was the lack of good math on my part.  After I sewed it together, I realized my error and (angrily) threw it in the garbage.  I could have redrawn it, adjusting to fix my mistake, but about that same time I realized it could be saved as something different.  Instead of torturing myself by trying to do it again, I changed direction and made the coffee sleeve this way instead.

Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

To make this sleeve, you’ll need 11 pieces of fabric, cut 4 1/2 by 1 1/2”, a 3” piece of elastic cord, fabric for the backing and InsulBrite for the inside.  You’ll also need a button and this basic coffee sleeve pattern.  If you count, you’ll see that I cut 12 of the strips, but it was a full strip too long.  Another mathtastrophe.

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Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 2

Sew the pieces together with a 1/4” seam.  Press all the seams in one direction on the back.

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Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 3

Turn the fabric right side up and cut out the coffee sleeve.  If you’re not into rainbows, but would like to combine some different fabrics for a coffee sleeve, this technique works beautifully.  It’s great for using up scraps.

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Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 4

Flip the pattern over and cut a backing piece and InsulBrite.  Sew or tie the ends of the elastic together.

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Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 5

Layer the pieces with the rainbow right side up, the loop centered on the right, the back right side down and the InsulBrite.  Stitch around with 1/4”, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom.

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Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 6

Turn the sleeve right side out through the opening.  Press and topstitch all the way around near the edge.  Sew the button on where the elastic reaches.

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Rainbow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 7

If you want to up the St. Patrick’s Day-ness a bit, you could make one of these Shamrock Barrettes and sew or clip it onto the sleeve.

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Shamrock barrette 9

So, what happened to Plan A?  It turned out way too wide for a coffee sleeve, but after I got ahold of myself and pulled it back out of the trash, I realized it was the perfect size and shape for a matching mug mat!

Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 1

Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 1

To make the mug mat, you’ll need rainbow strips cut from this pattern, fabric for the backing and batting for the inside (you can use InsulBrite here if you’d like).

Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 2

Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 2

Sew the pieces together.  Since you’re matching an outward curve to an inward curve, I found it was best to just match the edges up as I sewed instead of trying to pin everything in place first.  For some reason I ended up a little short on the yellow row, but I just cut the entire edge to match.

Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 3

Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 3

Using this piece as a pattern, cut the backing and batting. 

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Rainbow Mug Mat - Crafty Staci 4

Layer the pieces just like the coffee sleeve, omitting the elastic.  Sew together with a 1/4” seam, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn right side out, press and topstitch near the edge.

Rainbow Coffee Sleeve and Mug Mat - Crafty Staci

Rainbow Coffee Sleeve and Mug Mat - Crafty Staci

How’s that for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat?

Rainbow Mug Mat and Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

Rainbow Mug Mat and Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

On an unrelated note, this is the final day for my 4th Anniversary Giveaway winner to contact me, or I will have to draw a new name.  If you’re “maggiethecoder,” I’ve sent a few emails and you have until the end of today to get in touch with me so I can ship your prize!

Heart and Arrow Coffee Cozy

It’s almost February, which means love is in the air.  We all know someone whose love for coffee lasts all year, so why not give them a gift to encourage that addiction? 

For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to get back to the reversible option that I started out with.  This one looks a little complicated because there are so many corners, but they’re all straight lines, so it’s really just a lot of pivoting.  For you new sewists out there, be sure your needle is down in the fabric when you lift your presser foot to make a corner.

To make this sleeve, you’ll need this pattern, a small piece of interfacing (if you intend to embellish the heart at all), a 3” piece of elastic cord, InsulBrite and two buttons.  Cut one of each pattern piece from fabric, then flip the pattern over to cut the piece for the back.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 2

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 2

Apply the interfacing to the back of the front heart.  Add embroidery, applique, buttons or whatever trim you’d like.  I just embroidered using a font I had on my computer and a back stitch.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 3

Stitch the ends of the arrow to the sides of the heart for the front and back.  Also stitch or tie the two ends of the elastic cord together.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 4

Press the seams away from the hearts.  Using the front side as a pattern, cut a piece of InsulBrite to match.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 5

Layer the pieces with the front section right side up with the elastic centered on the arrow and the loop to the inside.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 6

Lay the back section, right side down over the top, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place. 

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 7

Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam.  Leave one section of the end open for turning.  Clip all the corners.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 8

Turn right side out.  Use a pointy tool to push out all the corners, being careful not to poke through the fabric.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 9

Press, turning in the opening.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Cup Sleeve - Crafty Staci 10

Top stitch around the edge of the entire sleeve and down each side of the heart.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 11

Make a mark 1” from the end of the arrow and centered in the middle.  Stitch the two buttons at that mark, slipping a toothpick under each button.

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Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 12

Ready to give to your Valentine.

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And don’t forget, when they’re tired of that side, there’s another one to use!

Heart Coffee Cozy
Heart and Arrow Reversible Coffee Cozy from craftystaci.com

Etsy Sale, Update and Giveaway

Happy Labor Day!  I thought since everybody else has a sale to celebrate, I’d join in too.  Personally, I’ll take shopping online during the big sales over fighting the crowds any day!

I’ve decided to discontinue the coffee cup sleeves in my Etsy store.  I love making them, but my focus has really turned toward photography accessories.  Get it…focus?  I know.  Sorry ‘bout that one.

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I’ve created a new Sale section.  There are a few Christmas coffee cup sleeves, like this Santa’s Belt version and some everyday cozies. 

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There are also a small handful of 67mm lens cap pockets that have been floating around for a while. 

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Each item is only $5 with super-cheap $1 shipping in the United States and $3 everywhere else.   There’s also one Passport Wallet, which is $10 with $1 shipping.

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Any of these would make great stocking stuffers.  I know it feels early to be thinking about that, but it’s coming!

I also added 60 new fabrics to the choices available for custom items, bringing my total to 165.  I’ve been busy – my shop now has Lens Cap Pockets, Business Card Pockets, Camera Straps and Memory Card Wallets.  I’ll happily make any of them from the fabrics of your choice.

Now, about that giveaway.  Just leave a comment here, telling me which items you like in my sale section.  At 8 am Pacific on Friday morning, September 9, 2011, I’ll randomly draw one entry and send that person the item they’ve mentioned.  The only catch is, you might want to list a couple of items in case your first choice happens to sell before Friday.

Enjoy your holiday and check out my sale!

My New Desk Set

As part of my office beautification project that started last week with my husband’s new coaster, I finally made myself a Mug Mat.  I’ve made lots of these at this point, but didn’t own one.  I was still using a sad little woven coaster my daughter made a LONG time ago.  Even she was ready to see it go.

I think we all spend at least a little time at the computer these days, but writing a blog, running an online shop and learning how to better edit my photos puts me in front of it probably more than average.  Therefore, the need for some pretty accessories was great.

Because my kids are a black belt and a nearly-black belt, I have a stack of karate-themed fabric in my sewing room.  I also have lots of law enforcement themed yardage, thanks to my husband and now my kids’ developing interest in following in his footsteps.  I rarely find any that reflects my own interests, so when I spotted some red, black and white sewing-themed fabric, I bought some just on principle.  Turned out, it made a perfect Mug Mat.

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Of course, I felt I needed a matching Coffee Cup Sleeve, in spite of the fact that I almost always drink my coffee from a Fiesta mug that it won’t even fit around.  I might have to throw it in my purse for my frequent occasional Starbucks visits.

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After I got the first side of these cut out, I grabbed one of the fabrics I had already used to cut out the backs.  Luckily, before I put scissors to fabric, I had an epiphany.  The backs could be completely different...these are for me, I can do whatever I want!

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I’ve been looking for an excuse to put red and turquoise together and I’m afraid I like this side better than the sewing prints.  That’s ok – my attention span is short.  The other side will be my favorite next week.

 

Because of the size of the strips I used to make these, I was able to cut two coffee cup sleeves from each combination.  If you’d like one of your own, they can be found in my Etsy shop.  Unlike mine, the two sides coordinate with each other!

First Anniversary Winners–What Did They Get?

Last post about my blogiversary.  Promise.  I just wanted to show you what I made for the two charming ladies whose names were drawn.  (Linda, if you haven’t received yours yet, and don’t want to see it, stop reading!)

Sue said she liked the Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves and had found herself drawn to pinks and browns lately, so I made her this:

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The other side of the sleeve is striped, like the mat.  I couldn’t just make her a little sleeve, so the mat was a bonus.  Sue already received this in the mail and seems quite happy with it.  Which makes me happy too.

Linda promised to keep her Forever Fabric Flowers dusted and even suggested she might get them to grow.  Here’s how they came out:

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The day I finished this, it was sort of snowing at my house, but more just dark and gloomy.  It was hard to part with these, but Linda was so sweet I couldn’t help it.

Thank you Sue and Linda, for entering and being such cheerful and enthusiastic winners and thank you all, one last time, for sharing the last year with me.  Time to move on to new projects!

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Oval Mug Mat Winner

I promised a drawing and I have a winner!  I know what you’re going to say, and yes, I know about the website that will randomly generate a number for you, I just didn’t use it.  I went old-school.  I printed all of the entries on paper, folded them up and threw them in an old canning jar.  Then I stuck my hand in and pulled one out.  After a Pooh with his hand in the honey jar moment, I’m happy to announce the winner of the Oval Mug Mat and matching Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve is…

Diane! 

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I’ll be sending them off to her and hopefully she’ll enjoy them!  Diane has an adorable website of her own at All In Stitches.  She’s completed and reviewed several sewing patterns from other websites.  It’s always nice to see a real-world view of something before you make it yourself.  Congratulations Diane and thanks for your entry! 

Diane is still eligible to win the First Anniversary Giveaway drawing on Saturday as well.  Are you?  If you haven’t entered, visit the post here and leave a comment.  There are other ways listed there to gain more entries.  Don’t wait, it’s almost time to draw the winners!