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.
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.
Sew the pieces together with a 1/4” seam. Press all the seams in one direction on the back.
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.
Flip the pattern over and cut a backing piece and InsulBrite. Sew or tie the ends of the elastic together.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
Using this piece as a pattern, cut the backing and batting.
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.
How’s that for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat?
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!