Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Bride and Groom

Well, this is it…the last Coffee Sleeve of the Month.  These have been so much fun for me over the last year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of them too.  Not wanting to slip out of this series quietly, I saved the best for last.  I also cheated a little and instead of a single coffee sleeve I made two, but how could I split this couple up?

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To make both of these sleeves, you’ll need this pattern (printed at full size), InsulBrite, white fabric, black fabric, 1/4” wide white ribbon, 5/8” wide black ribbon, ten white 1/4” grommets, a white button (1/2 – 1”), a black button same size, three 1/4” white buttons, 3” of white elastic cord and 3” of black elastic cord.  Tie or sew the ends of each piece of elastic together to create loops.

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We’ll start with the groom.  Cut out the larger pattern piece from the white fabric, the two bat-shaped pieces from black and flip the larger piece over and cut from black for the back.  Also cut a piece of InsulBrite using the larger pattern.

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Stitch the three small white buttons onto the white piece at the marks on the pattern.

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Fold the two black bat pieces in half with wrong sides together.  Press the fold. 

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Fold at the tip at the top of each piece, tapering down to the bottom point, as shown.  Press the folds.

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Layer the pieces, starting with the InsulBrite.  Lay the white piece on top with the buttons facing up, then the two folded black pieces.  Center the elastic on the right and add a tag on the left.

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Lay the back piece on top, right side down, then pin everything in place.  Stitch around with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom to one side for turning.

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Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Press and top stitch near the edge.  I left the top stitching off in the white section.

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Make the bowtie by cutting a 4” piece and a 1 1/2” piece of the 5/8” wide ribbon.  Loop the large piece with the ends at the back.  Wrap the smaller piece around and stitch at the back.  Sew it onto the sleeve by hand or machine.

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Sew the black button in place where the elastic reaches and wrap around a cup.

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Now our groom needs a bride.  Cut out the large piece, the two smaller pieces and the large piece flipped over from the white fabric.  I chose to use a lace for the two smaller pieces on mine.  Also cut the InsulBrite from the large piece.

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Fold the two small pieces in half with right sides together.  Press the fold.

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Mark the spots for the grommets as shown on the pattern near the folds.  Apply the grommets according to package instructions.

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Layer the pieces, beginning with the InsulBrite.  Add the large white piece on top of that.  Lay the two small pieces on top of that, right side up.  Center the elastic on the right and the tag on the left.

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Lay the backing on, right side down, and pin in place.  Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom to one side for turning.  Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Top stitch close to the edge all the way around.

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Cut 36” of the white ribbon (longer if you’d like it to be a little easier to tie at the end).  Starting at the top, lace up like a pair of shoes.

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When you reach the bottom, tie a bow.  Stitch the white button where the elastic reaches.  Slip onto a cup.

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After this last year of coffee sleeves, it just feels right that these two are wrapping it all up.

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And I think I know just the couple, in the midst of wedding plans, that can use this set.

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Class of ‘14

It came to my attention after I wrote this that you might be interested in using numbers other than 1 and 4, especially if you’ve found this after we’ve moved past the class of ’14.  You can find all of the numbers, 0 – 9, here which can be plugged into the design in any combination you’d like!

 

My baby is graduating from high school this spring.  I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around that idea.  It seems like yesterday he was playing with Hot Wheels and wishing he could be Buzz Lightyear, and now we’re talking about college and career.  But whether I’m ready for it or not, it’s happening, so I’m trying to get onboard.  I’m starting with a coffee cup sleeve, commemorating his graduating class.  This one is going to his school as part of a giveaway for seniors who’ve completed their financial aid applications, but make it in their school colors and it would be a great gift for any graduate.

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This is where all that information on foundation paper piecing that I shared on Monday is going to come in handy.  If you didn’t get a chance to go over it, at the very least watch Crafty Gemini’s video before digging into this project.

As with every coffee sleeve before it, you’ll need fabric, InsulBrite, elastic cord and a button.  You’ll also need to print one copy of this pattern, which includes three pages.  The full sleeve pattern is included twice, because you’ll need two of them.  The labels on the pieces are shown in red for the parts that should be a contrasting color, represented in yellow on my project.  Be sure you print at full size.

We’re going to start by making the numbers.  Cut each of the numbers apart on the pattern.  I like to start by cutting out a larger-than-necessary piece of fabric for each piece I’ll be sewing.

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To start, place piece A1 on the wrong side of the pattern with the wrong side of the fabric facing the paper.  You can hold it up to a light source to make sure it’s placed correctly.  Ignore the backward letters on my pattern pieces.  I was working from the rough draft when I made my sleeve.

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Add the next piece, which will be A2, with right sides of the fabric facing each other and enough overlap on the sewing line for a 1/4” seam.  This is the back side of the pattern.

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Reduce the stitch size on your machine to around 1 1/4 – 1 1/2.  Stitch on the front of the pattern along the line, overstitching by a bit on each end.

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Fold the pattern back along the stitching and cut the seam allowance to 1/4”.  Some people feel like this step is optional, but it keeps everything a little neater and less confusing for me.

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With a dry iron, press piece A2 back.

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Repeat the process with pieces A3 and A4.  Cut around the piece along the outer edge of the pattern, which leaves a 1/4” seam allowance all the way around.

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And it should look something like this.

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Sew the B pieces together the same way, then attach section A to section B.

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Now that you have the 1 finished, complete the 4 the same way.

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Beginning with the 1, treat it as your first piece on the full coffee sleeve pattern.  Place it carefully and accurately.  Continue with the next pieces, which will be C and D.

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Add the remaining pieces through F, then add M to the end.  Set the entire piece aside.

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Repeat on the second paper print-out, using the 4 as your starting piece and continuing with J through L and adding N to the end.

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Trim the inside of both pieces leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.  Stitch the two pieces together down the center with right sides together.

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Flip over and cut around the outside edge of the pattern.  A seam allowance is already accounted for.

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Carefully tear away all of the paper.  Tweezers might come in handy for the small pieces in the seams.

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Cut out the backing and the InsulBrite. Cut a 3” piece of the elastic cord and sew or tie the ends of it together.  Layer the pieces with the InsulBrite, the front, the elastic centered on the right side, a tag on the left if you use one and the back face down on top.

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Stitch around with a 1/4” seam, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom for turning.  Clip the corners, turn right-side out and press, turning in the opening.

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Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.  Sew the button on the side opposite the elastic.

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Hook the elastic around the button, slide it onto a cup and you’re done.

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Are you a little dizzy after all of that?  I know it seems complex, but once you understand the basics of foundation paper piecing it’s actually pretty easy.  I look at it like this – at least it’s not as difficult and complicated as graduating from high school!

Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Rainbow

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.

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

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

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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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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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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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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!

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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

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!

Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month–Heart and Arrow

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.

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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.

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

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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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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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Press, turning in the opening.

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

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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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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!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Pennant Banner

Is it snowing where you are?  We have nothing but fog here, not even our usual December rain.  There’s even talk of a sparse ski season on Mt. Hood this year.  I’m not a skier, but I’m so ready for some of that cold white stuff.  Bring it on, Old Man Winter.

Because I’m in such a snowy mood, I decided this month’s coffee cup sleeve would have a bit of a chill to it.  Once I was done, I realized this one would be perfect for so many other uses.  Make it in school colors to show your spirit at the game or in wedding colors for the bride to get her caffeine fix.  Some pink and red would be cute for Valentine’s Day, or some florals or pastels to celebrate the beginning of spring.  But, for now, the focus is on January’s snowflakes.

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To make this sleeve, you’ll need:

  • cotton fabric
  • InsulBrite batting
  • iron-on interfacing
  • 3” of elastic cord
  • 12” of 1/2” bias tape
  • button (5/8 – 1”)
  • this pattern

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Iron the interfacing onto side one of the coffee sleeve.

Fold the small flag pieces in half with right sides together.  If you look at the pattern piece, the dotted lines should be together.  Sew where the dotted lines are shown.

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Trim the corners and seam and turn right side out.  The seam should be centered at the back.  Press.

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Fold the bias tape in half and press.  Beginning 1 1/2” from the end, slip the top of the flags inside the fold and stitch the length of the tape.

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Pin the banner onto side one of the coffee cup sleeve, 1” from the top and with the flags about 1 1/4” from each end.  Stitch the bias tape from one edge of the sleeve to the other.

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Trim the ends of the bias tape even with the edges of the sleeve.  Tie the ends of the elastic cord together with a piece of thread.  Center on the right side with the loop facing in.  Add your tag on the left if you use them.

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Carefully lay side two over the top of that with the right side down.  Finish with the InsulBrite on top and pin in place.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Press, turning in opening.  Topstitch close to the edge all the way around.

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Stitch a button onto the point where the elastic reaches comfortably with the ends of the sleeve together.

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This does not make me want it to snow any less.

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I’m even all ready with my toasty drink!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Christmas Tree

I love Christmas time.  I know many people disagree, but I never feel like it’s too early to start talking ornaments and eggnog.  By the time Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full-blown deck the halls mode.  The flip side of that is I’m really ready to put those decorations away once it’s over, but by the next November I’ve forgotten that and I’m good to go again.

Fortunately it takes a while to make holiday crafts, so I have a great excuse to start the party early.  For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to go a little subtle.  This could actually work any time of year, but it feels festive right now.

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To make this cozy, you’ll need fabric, InsulBrite, 3” of elastic cord, button and this pattern.  Cut the tree section from green fabric and the trunk from brown.  Flip the pattern upside down and cut the back and InsulBrite.  You’ll notice a package of small, multicolored buttons in the photo.  I intended to sew them on like ornaments, but decided I liked it better without.  You can certainly add buttons, embroidery or ribbon to decorate your tree if you’d like.

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Flip the trunk piece over and line it up with the bottom of the tree.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge.

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Fold the trunk back and press the seam.

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Leave that piece face up.  Tie the ends of the elastic together and center on the tip of the tree with the loop to the inside.  Lay the back piece on top of that, face down.  Add the InsulBrite on top and pin in place.  Stitch around the outside, leaving an opening on one side for turning.

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Make sure the stitching at the bottom of the tree matches the stitching where you added the trunk.  When I flipped mine over I had to re-stitch that section.

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Clip all the corners.

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Turn the tree right side out through the opening.  Press, turning in the opening.

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Topstitch all the way around.  Mark the spot for the button and sew in place with a toothpick underneath.

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Slip onto a cup of something warm and tasty.

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You could add some decorations to your sleeve to make it more colorful, but there’s something kind of peaceful about it the way it is.

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And I really need a couple of people to use this tree sleeve and my fox sleeve side by side.  They just fit together.

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In other exciting news, remember my Pencil Coffee Cup Sleeve?  Well, last year Bethany from Finding Pins and Needles added some really cute embroidery to them to make gifts for her kids’ teachers.  She’s now offering the embroidery pattern in her Etsy shop, which she’ll personalize for you with the teacher’s name so you can add it to your handmade sleeve!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Fox

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pin the ear pieces right sides together and stitch, leaving the straighter bottom edge open.  Clip the corners, turn and press.

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Center the ears between the marks on the head indicated on the pattern.  Pin in place with the ears to the inside.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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I want to go to a coffee shop right now, just so I can use this sleeve.

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Love!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Pinwheel

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.

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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.

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Lay two triangles from opposite fabrics right side together.  Stitch around the outside, leaving a 1” opening for turning.  Clip the corners.

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Turn right side out and press, turning opening in.

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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.

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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.

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Turn right side out, carefully pushing the corners out with a pointy object.  Stitch close to the edge all the way around.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fold the loose corner of each triangle to the center.  Stitch through a couple of times to hold.

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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.

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You’ll find this one in my Etsy shop, as hard as it will be to part with.

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Now I’m in the mood for some coffee.  Who am I kidding…I’m never NOT in the mood for some coffee.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Father’s Day Fish

I’m starting a new series today, one I’ve been thinking about for a while.  I have a sketch sheet full of coffee sleeve drawings to prove it.  I just love making these little cup cozies, and I’d like to share some of my new ideas with you.  Welcome to the Coffee Sleeve of the Month!

I have several themes I plan to cover with these, but I’m going to start with Father’s Day.  Many dads out there like to fish, or pretend to fish while they relax and soak up some sun (or rain, depending on where they like to hang out).  Now, you can give him a fish he can always bring home, even when the ones in the river aren’t biting.

Fish Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

You’ll need this pattern, cotton fabric for the front and back, a 3” piece of elastic cord and a 1/2 – 1” button.  For the inner lining, I like to use two layers of ironing board fabric (the shiny silver stuff) and one layer of thin cotton batting.  You can use one layer of InsulBrite if you prefer, and leave out the ironing board fabric and batting.

Cut one fish body from the outer fabric, flip the pattern over and cut for the inside.  Do the same if you’re using the ironing board fabric.

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Fold the fin in half with the wrong sides together and points touching.  Stitch around the edge, leaving the last half-inch open.  Turn right side out and press.  Press the opening to the inside.  Stitch around close to the edge, except the side with the fold.

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Using the mark on the pattern as a guide, pin the fin onto the front fish body.  Stitch close to the folded edge of the fin, leaving the rest of the fin loose.

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Layer the pieces as shown below:

Assembly order - Fish Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

If you’re using InsulBrite, leave out step 1, and replace steps 5 and 6 with the single piece of InsulBrite.

Pin the layers together.  Stitch around the outside, 1/4” from the edge, leaving a 2” opening at the bottom.  Add some extra stitching over the elastic in the seam allowance to secure it from popping out.  Clip the corners and clip in on both sides at the top of the tail.

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Turn right side out and press.  Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.

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Wrap the nose around to touch the tail, as it will wrap around a cup.  Mark the spot the elastic reaches on the nose by pulling it taut, but not stretching.  Stitch the button at that mark, sliding a toothpick underneath at the beginning.  The toothpick will create a small gap so the elastic can loop around under the button.

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I’ve found the best way to apply these to a cup is to loop the elastic around the button first, then slide onto the cup from the bottom.

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Fish on!

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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!