Posts tagged ‘diy coffee sleeve’

October 4, 2012

farm hugger

An addition to the coffee cozy repertoire…(search “coffee hugger” or click on similar tag below to see history..)

A mini replica of a friend’s farm to enhance hot beverage enjoyment!  First step:  make a crafty plan

Initial materials:  felt, embroidery thread, linen, 1/8″ black grosgrain ribbon, sparkly corduroy, buttons, black & off white vinyl, ultra suede, bead

The cute cow ended up being too tiny to make….but the poppies are perfect.

“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”  ~ David Letterman

March 21, 2012

ham? hmmm…

Kids = specialness.  Here is a coffee cozy design by one such kiddo…

The original drawing:

Design delivery:

To most, the only thing that makes sense…is that it makes no sense!  …”You know, HAM…Hamster??!!!”

However, following through on an imaginative drawing gives completion satisfaction & dream realization.  Hopefully giving encouragement to continue being curious & creative.

Plus, project process involving materials, placement & color decisions exercise the brain, too.  And it makes a great birthday present for Daddy!

“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.”  ~ George Bernard Shaw

March 9, 2012

glue wars

The good news & the bad news:  Beacon’s Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive is SO STICKY.

Craft lesson of the day:  When using both iron-on adhesive & glue…apply the iron-on first!!

  1. go 1980’s & pick a vintage text with iron-on letters
  2. glue on shiny ric-rac
  3. need more directions or examples?  click on the java hugger tag below

Can you guess what happens if a person glues first?…  One or both of the following:  the glue goes back to liquid state & seeps through everywhere, &/or the glue disengages entirely leaving dried glue excrement on project.

No worries!  She turned out super cute.

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.  Think of your three best friends.  If they’re okay, then it’s you.”  ~ Rita Mae Brown

March 2, 2012

lucky hugger

March calls for a green themed coffee cozy!

(find the lucky hugger in my Etsy Shop)

Iron-on letters are super easy & up the cute-factor.  Materials:  light grey felt, fat spring green ric-rac, green & grey embroidery thread, green batik fabric, rhinestone letters (bingo queen left-overs)


  1. cut felt to cozy size (use cardboard sleeve as pattern)
  2. use iron-on adhesive to attach ric-rac, add decorative straight stitch
  3. iron-on rhinestone letters following package directions – cozy above reads “lucky me”
  4. cut liner fabric using felt as pattern (check orientation!) 3/8 inch wider on top & bottom
  5. fold & press top & bottom edges, attach felt to liner using iron-on adhesive
  6. blanket stitch bottom edge green, top grey
  7. pin to cup size & secure with blanket & straight stitches

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

~Irish Blessing

February 16, 2012

custom hugger

A friend requested a KC Royals coffee sleeve…

Starting with Royal’s colors & a preliminary pattern sketch:

The end result was a bit different as the big cursive letters were intimidating.  Plus, the hugger HAD to have a crown!

Attach the interior print, then fit to size & finish.

Play ball!

For additional instructions or ideas, click the “java hugger” tag below.  Check out my etsy shop, too:

February 10, 2012

heart hugger

Cheers to the hot drink lovers out there…

Made for a sweet friend, the two directions given were:  1.  favorite color is red, & 2. “I can’t commit to any words”…  As it turns out, giving creative license worked.  Whew!

Materials:  dark grey felt, sparkly red vinyl, red ric-rac, rich red small print cotton, & variegated embroidery thread.


  1. cut felt to sleeve size using cardboard pattern
  2. pin on ric-rac, sew
  3. stitch heart onto felt with light grey embroidery thread, covering ric-rac edge
  4. cut red cotton print 1/2″ wider on top & bottom edge – use completed heart hugger turned upside down on right side of red cotton as pattern
  5. fold under edges to match hugger, cut piece of iron-on adhesive, iron all pieces together
  6. blanket stitch top & bottom edges
  7. fit to size of coffee cup, pin, blanket stitch with black embroidery thread.

Total project time:  approximately 2 hours.  Less than half the time of previous java huggers with letters.

My friend’s heart hugger was so fun to make that I’ve made a couple more & posted them on Etsy.

Along with the other 13,000 coffee sleeves…

January 27, 2012

landscape hugger

I may have to join over-crafters anonymous.  The panoramic hugger below was super fun to make:

Start with house placement, using different textures & stitches…

Add trees, french knot flowers, roof details, tiny doors, bead handles.  Last, add more trees & clouds…

Finish with a print fabric on reverse, green grass on lower edge & blue sky up top.

“I think an example is the best thing you can leave behind.”  ~ Warren Buffett

January 17, 2012

java rah!

Greetings, Tiger fans…  Elvis was a Tiger – hey!  Triple enjoyment watching a game, drinking a hot liquid, sporting team spirit:

For letter instructions, search “java hugger 2” .  Dark grey felt, herringbone wool, suede paw, metallic toe threads, bright gold & grey embroidery threads.

The metallic threads are a bit tricky to keep together, but the shine is worth the effort.

The sweet interior fabric secured with an iron-on bond & the blanket stitch all around.


“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”  ~ Jerry Barber (about golf)


January 6, 2012

java tweet

Ain’t she the cutest widdle birdie?

Design inspiration found in craft paper:

Materials for the birdie:  ultra suede, cream corduroy, embroidery threads (highly recommend the kind that does not unravel into six strands), & beads

Materials for  cozy:  light grey felt, grey herringbone, cream & green fabric liner, iron-on adhesive

Directions for lettering can be found on post “java hugger 2”.  Since this cozy was especially made for my friend who is a Master Seamstress, near perfection was sought.  So… a bit of undoing along the way was necessary (beaks don’t pucker)…which can be tricky with fuzzy felt.  Every stitch was worth the time!

Cut the fabric (double check orientation) lining 3/8″ wider all around, turn under the top & bottom edges so they match the size of the felt piece.  Use iron-on adhesive to secure into place, blanket stitch long edges.

Test on coffee cup, pin together, blanket stitch.  Turn inside out, blanket stitch on the inside without poking through finished side.  Additional stitches may be needed here & there to seal together.

When considering colors for projects, I think about the 60-30-10 idea in room design.  60% main color, 30% another color, 10% accent.  The idea helps when choosing color & material placement. 

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”  ~ Jon Hammond

December 29, 2011

java dude

What percentage of crafty goodies do not apply to guys?…  95%??  Hubbie might counter with 99%.  The following are coffee sleeve attempts for dudes:

good morning!  &  cheers!

Using the same directions as java hugger 2 post ( with a few tweeks. 

Greens & blues, no glitter or frill.

Squared off letters & repurposed shirt fabric for backing.

Take your pick between a cross-stitch or blanket stitch to finish the sleeve.


Goods with function & purpose! 

“And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.”  ~ Wole Soyinka 
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