Numbers 0–9 for Coffee Sleeve

Today is a great example of why I appreciate your comments so much.  Last week I posted the pattern for my Coffee Sleeve of the Month for March, which I called Class of ‘14.  It had the numbers 1 and 4 in the design to commemorate this year’s graduating class.  But one of my readers wanted to use it for something else.  Maybe she’s making one for her brother with his favorite athlete’s number and team colors or one for a friend to celebrate her 29th birthday for the tenth time.  The point is, she needed more than a 1 and a 4.

Class of '14 Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci

Because of the way I originally designed the pattern, it was easy to replace the numbers, so I sat down and mapped out everything from 0 to 9.  You can download the set here.  Be sure to print it at full scale so the numbers will match the available space on the pattern.

Each page looks like this:

Zero and One

It shows the number as it will look finished, the reversed number (how it will look while you’re working with it) and the pattern for actually sewing the numbers.  Some numbers, like the 0, can be sewn as one piece so they are simply numbered.  Others need to be sewn as two pieces, an A section and a B section, then A and B are sewn together.

The numbers can be plugged into the design in the areas shown in red below.  Keep in mind your design is reversed, so place your numbers accordingly.

Coffee Sleeve Template for numbers

You can download a PDF of this here, or visit the original tutorial and use the pattern there.

My thanks to Linda for asking for these!

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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.

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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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!

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).

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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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New for Fall in my Etsy Shop

Thanks to the miracles of technology, you’re reading this while I’m enjoying a mini-vacation with my sweet husband in sunny Las Vegas.  He’s just finishing up his bachelor’s degree, which calls for a celebration, and today happens to be his birthday.  We’re actually not huge gamblers, but we enjoy the sights, shopping, entertainment and delicious food that the city has to offer.  Okay, and maybe a few minutes at a nickel slot machine.

I’ve been working hard on some new items for my Etsy shop, and when I return the focus will be on getting them listed ahead of the official start of the holiday shopping season.  Ready for a sneak peek?  If there is anything here you’re interested in, just leave me a message here or email me at craftystaci (at) gmail (dot) com with the number of the item and I’ll set up a reserved listing for you when I return on Saturday.

I’ve got a few more camera straps in my workroom to finish, but these four will be up soon.

Camera Straps - Crafty Staci

These wallets hold twelve SD memory cards.

SD Card Wallets - Crafty Staci

These wallets will hold eight of the larger CF cards, or SD cards in their plastic cases.

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These are the new lens cap holders.  There are two 84mm, four 77mm and two 67 mm size.  Many of these coordinate with the camera straps shown above.

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These business card holders slide onto your camera strap.

Business Card Holders - Crafty Staci

And, one of my favorites, lots of new coffee cup sleeves!

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I’m also trying out a new crafty sales platform called Zibbet.  Right now, you’ll find my Ninja Monkey Bags and some of my coffee cup sleeves in my shop, with more to come before the holidays. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at the address above.  I’ll be checking my mail periodically and I’ll return late on Friday, refreshed and inspired.  And with a slightly lighter wallet.

Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Halloween Bat

With Halloween just over the horizon, I thought I’d make a bat for this month’s coffee sleeve.  I’ve had the shape in my head for a while now, so executing it should have been no problem.  Ack.  I went through a lot to make this, so he should be spectacular, but I will admit he’s not.  He’s not awful, but he was definitely cuter in my head.  If you’re looking for a little Halloween to wrap around your cup though, he’s your guy.

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To make this bat, you’ll need this pattern, fabric for the front and back, InsulBrite, black felt, a 3” piece of elastic cord, a 3/4 – 1” button and two small 3/8” buttons.

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Cut out the front fabric and InsulBrite.  Turn the pattern over and cut out the back.  Cut two ears from the felt.  Tie or stitch the two ends of the elastic together to form a loop.

Before we get into the rest of the assembly directions for this, I’m going to tell you about my big dumb mistake.  Maybe I won’t need to explain.  What is wrong with this photo?

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If you noticed that those ears are facing the wrong direction, you win.  They would have been on the inside once it was turned right side out, and facing backwards to boot.  I had to rip out all those stitches, including that little black mass on the right, which is how I make sure the elastic is secure.  I was close to tossing the whole thing in the trash, but making things is sometimes about making mistakes.  Instead of throwing a fit I decided to be a big girl and fix it.  It’s kind of like exercising.  I hate to do it, but I feel better about myself if I do.

Anyway,  let’s start back at the beginning.  To make it easier to insert the ears, fold both sides in to meet in the center and stitch very close to the edge to hold.

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Lay the front piece right side up.  Pin the ears with the inside edge at the mark on the pattern and with the ears facing inside.  The turned-in edges should be facing the fabric.  Place the elastic with the loop end to the inside.  I added my tag to the other end.

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Lay the back fabric over, right side down.  The InsulBrite goes on top of that.  Pin everything in place.

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Starting just before the ears, stitch all the way around 1/4” from the edge, stopping 2” before the start point.  The curves are a little challenging, so if you’re a new sewer you might want to practice on a scrap first.

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Clip all corners.  Turn right side out and press, turning in opening and being careful not to press the felt ears.  Top stitch all the way around.

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Stitch a button on the end opposite the elastic.  Slip a toothpick under the button while stitching so the elastic will slip around it easily.

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Sew the button eyes on where indicated on the pattern.

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Wrap it around a hot cup and you’re ready to welcome Halloween!

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–New Jeans

When I was working on the most recent entry into my Coffee Sleeve series, I was thinking about school.  With my youngest starting his senior year of high school next month, I’m finding myself focused on this being my last year to help anyone get ready.  Of course, one of the biggest tasks to tackle is back-to-school clothes, with new jeans on the top of the laundry pile.

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In order for you to fully understand what I’m about to tell you, I need to show you my fabric shelf.

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It’s not as full as it could be, and definitely not as full as it used to be, but I have a little bit of everything in there.  Except, apparently, denim.  I’ve always had a bit of denim when I needed it, but I took every single thing off those shelves and there was not a scrap of denim to be found.  That’s like having a kitchen with no knives in it.  I even asked my son if he had any outgrown jeans I could have, but no luck.  I actually had to go to the fabric store specifically to buy a piece of denim for this project.  I’m still shaking my head.

Anyway, on to the project.  To make this one, you’ll need this pattern, DENIM, cotton fabric for the back, InsulBrite, a button and a 3” piece of elastic cord.  This will also have a look much closer to a pair of jeans if you use some gold thread made for matching denim stitching.  It’s great for hemming too.  I’d also recommend using a denim needle in your sewing machine.  You need the larger hole for the gold thread to flow through smoothly.

Cut the sleeve from the denim, then flip the pattern over to cut the back from the cotton.  Cut a piece of InsulBrite.  Cut the pocket on the fold.

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Fold the pocket right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving about an inch open for turning.  You can use regular sewing thread for this part.  Tie or stitch the ends of the elastic together.

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Clip the corners.  Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.

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Thread your machine with the gold thread and add some decorative stitching to the pocket.

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Center the pocket on the denim sleeve.  It should be about 1/2” from the top and bottom.  Pin in place, adding a tag under the edge if you’d like.  Stitch around close to the edge, then again about 1/8” away, leaving the top of the pocket open.

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Layer the pieces with the denim sleeve face up and the elastic centered on the right.

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Lay the cotton piece over that, right side down, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place.  Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.  Stitch all the way around with the gold thread, close to the edge.  I added an extra row of stitching at each end to give it the look of seams.

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Sew the button on where the elastic reaches and centered.

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Slip onto a cup and you’ll be the most stylish parent at the bus stop.

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Or, maybe you’re looking for a bribe, err, gift for your kid’s new teacher.  Ta-da!  Coffee gift card fits perfectly.

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Previous coffee sleeves, in case jeans aren’t your thing:

Father's Day Fish Coffee Sleeve  Pinwheel Coffee Cup Sleeve

Sunglasses Coffee Sleeve  Pencil Drink Sleeve and Paper Mat

Love Note Coffee Cup Sleeve  Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve