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12 Days of Christmas: Day 7 Fabric Coffee Cup Sleeve & Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Here comes Santa Claus…Okay maybe not, but here comes something red white and great with (steamed) milk and cookies. It’s our Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas DIY and Giveaway. Today is all about a home-made gift great for the coffee lover. It’s a fabric Coffee Sleeve and for today’s giveaway, you not only get the Fabric Sleeve; with it comes a $5 Starbucks gift card so that you can see this baby in action!

Enter to win today’s giveaway…

With that over with, on to it.

Step 1: Gather up your supplies.

  • Fabric (I picked mine up at JoAnn’s over black friday and got it for $1.50 a yard. I love it!)
  • Interfacing (I’m using Pellon 808 Craft Fuse- great for heavy duty stuff)
  • Felt
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Sewing Machine (if you’ve got it) or Needle and thread.
  • cardboard coffee cup sleeve from Starbucks-like you needed a reason to grab a peppermint mocha.
Step 2: With your fabric of choice, if there is a print, decide on the orientation you’ll want to see of your finished project (I wanted the damask to sit vertically on mine). I then folded a strip of my fabric back and forth, back and forth accordion style until there were 4 layers. Cut out a rectangle around your cardboard sleeve template large enough to account for a hem and additional trimming.
Step 3: While you’re still working that rotary cutter, you can also cut out 2 layers of felt. Cut right along the edge of your cardboard so that your 2 pieces are the same size as your template. 
Step 4: Taking your strips of fabric, lay it out on your Interfacing, shiney side up. Cut right along the edge of your swatch so you don’t have any waste, also so while you’re ironing it into place you’re not “sticking” to your ironing board.  With a hot iron, Iron the fabric to the interfacing in sweeping motions until the two are fused, just a few seconds-it’s a fast process.
Step 5: With your newly reinforced fabric in hand, layer them back on top of each other accordion style as before so that you are 4 layers deep, two with the right side of the fabric facing you and two with the right side of the fabric facing the table. Lay your cardboard template on top and carefully cut around it giving yourself ¼” border all the way around. This will be where you’ll sew your hem. When you’re done it should look something like this…
Step 6: Take your cut and reinforced pieces of fabric and flip each pair inside out so that the correct side of the fabrics are touching.
Step 7: If you have a sewing machine, head over to it otherwise grab your needle and thread and sew a tight stitch along the top and bottom of your inside out pieces. No pictures of this process since my sewing station is an ABSOLUTE wreck! I’m waiting for the nesting or spring cleaning urge to kick in so I can tackle that project. 
When those are done turn your two sewn pieces right side out and iron flat.
Step 8: Grab your two cut pieces of felt and slide them inside the “pocket” that you’ve created.
The felt shouldn’t fill the sleeves completely from end to end, there should still be about a ¼” on either end. Again, this will be where you hem. Once your felt in in place inside your sleeves, iron flat.Step 9: Head back to your sewing machine and with your two pieces lined up, sew down the sides of your sleeves. You’ll still see a rough edge, so flip this whole pieces inside out.
Step 10: If you’re happy with a raw edge lining the inside you can call it quits here, just know that the sleeve will sit pretty high on your coffee cup. Otherwise, with your sleeve turned inside out, raw edges on the inside, again sew a stitch along the sides of your sleeve. This creates a french seam and seals off that raw edge from being seen or from fraying. 
Flip your sleeve inside out again so that the french seam is on the inside of the sleeve and place on your cup! You’re done!
This makes a great gift for the coffee lover in your life. Fill it with gift cards and it make a great gift for ANYONE in your life. If you haven’t already, be sure to enter to win today’s DIY, especially since it comes with a $5 Starbucks gift card!
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