DIY Coffee Cozy~

A DIY Coffee Cozy is a great little gift for your friends ! They would make a great party favor too!


Here’s another quick budget friendly little Christmas or anytime gift you can make!

diy coffee cozy

These coffee cozys have been all over blog-land for years but I’m embarrassed to say I wasn’t interested in them until I became a little more “green”. Now every time I slip on a “sleeve” at Starbucks I feel like I’m not doing my part. Soooo I got busy! No need to feel bad over something I can control, right?

Coffee Cozy

*Fabric for the front of cozy ( 6″ by 14″)

*Fabric for the lining of  cozy(6″ by 14″)

*Fusible Batting (6″by 14″)


*Hair elastic

*Fray Check

*Heat & Bond Vinyl (optional)

For a pattern, I simply saved my Starbucks cup (washed it out) and sleeve. I traced around the sleeve leaving about 1/2″  seam allowance…


From the pattern, I cut out a front and back fabric and a piece of Fusible Quilter’s Batting.


Following the easy batting instructions iron batting to the wrong side of the lining fabric.

With right sides together, pin and sew layers (1/2″ seam allowance) leaving about 3″ open.

Trim seams and turn to right side, work with the shape until you have the cozy looking like the Starbucks sleeve. Press, folding under the open 3 inch’s to prepare for top stitch.

Sew along outside around entire cozy closing the opening as you go!

One way to do the next step is to measure the overlap on the cozy. But I’m very visual and I wanted proof that the button was in fact in exactly the correct place! Soooo I made it hard! Here’s how:

Pin your elastic in place on lining side and wrap cozy around cup. Estimate where your button might go and put pins in button holes straight through the (empty :) ) cup. Now carefully stretch the elastic over the button. Adjust as needed and using an Air Erasable Marker (or a very faint pencil dot) mark where your button should be sewn…oh, and sew it on!

Picnik collage2

Now sew your elastic. I went back and forth using a zig-zag stitch…


Cut off the stray ends of the elastic and use Fray-Check to keep it from unraveling …


WaaaLaaa! I read that someone was giving these as Christmas gifts and including a Starbucks gift card! Cute! Cute! Cute!


*****PS…did you notice the burlap cozy? I love the look of the burlap and heaven knows burlap is CHEAP but it doesn’t feel very good to hold. So I applied Heat and Bond Vinyl to the burlap.


I wanted to make certain it stood up under constant use before I recommend it to you…well, I’ve been using it non-stop for 2 weeks and it’s GREAT! I’m going to make more of the burlap cozys!

***You simply iron the vinyl to the burlap (following the instructions that come with the Heat and Bond ) before you do any sewing and proceed with the rest of the instructions!***

Now isn’t that a quick and easy little project!?

Enjoy your day my friends xo


  1. says

    these make me want a sewing machine!! they’re GREAT, and i bet you could open an etsy shop and sell them like hotcakes to those of us who do not have sewing machines but have a starbucks habit. i suggest them for Christmas stocking stuffers!

  2. says

    Really cute idea~~I will try making one with my Mom’s no sew tape~~~Sealah!
    I will let you know how is turns out~~~
    Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

    Happy Novemebr 1st!

    Kay Ellen
    .-= kayellen´s last blog ..Are you Ready =-.

  3. says

    Um, so do you hire out? You lost me at just “sew” this, I know, so sad really. Maybe I’ll share with my mother-in-law and she’ll tackle them, after I get the lecture about learning to sew I am sure :)

    These are super darling!
    .-= Vicky´s last blog ..Writing his own script =-.

  4. says

    OH I love these! Especially the burlap…very clever to put the heat and bond vinyl on. These are going on my list of Christmas gifts!!

  5. says

    I’m lovin’ this so much! I just started a blog (still undercontruction and very humble as far as hits go) that i’ll be featuring your post on. That would be more exciting news had my blog be a bigger deal but none the less, i love your idea!

  6. Nita Sick says

    These are so cute and get for gifts to even take an empty cup with flowers in to a sick friend and include the gift card for when they get back to good health..

  7. Lisa Miqueli says

    These are very cute! I need to try the iron on vinyl :) I make a cozy very similar to yours, but I sew the ponytail holder into the seam as I sew the 2 fabrics together. That way it’s not cut and you don’t have the ends exposed. One less step too for the people like me that want everything done yesterday, lol.

  8. Annette says

    Great idea and very stylish. I will be making these for sure. Thank you for the tutorial. Another project to add to my enormous list of “things to do”.

  9. Mary Ann Koontz says

    Would love to buy some cozy’s how about it? I do not sew,but I love the looks of them..Please let me know if that is possible..thank you so much,what great work you do..Happy Sewing To You…

  10. Gina says

    These are soooo cute. Like Lisa, I also sew the uncut hair elastic into the side seam then just sew the button in place where needed. I also have made them for gifts and embroidered the recipient’s name on it and gave it with a Starbucks gift card. She loved her gift and it was quick and easy. Blessings to you.

  11. says

    I just made a bunch of coffee sleeves and also sewed the elastic in the side seam which leaves no bulky ends on one side of the sleeve. The sleeves I made are for sale. Contact me for more information — take that remark out if it’s not okay to say here. Happy coffee!

  12. neaner says

    I make these all the time the elastic is alot easier and looks way better if you put it between the two pcs of fabric when you sew around the first time than flip your fabric around then top stitch then the elastic is hidden much cleaner look

  13. Ruby Knapp says

    I love your coffee cozy. My suggestion is to sew the elastic into the seam when you sew the front and lining together. That way you won’t see the raw edges of the elastic–also a little neater.


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