Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve – a free pattern

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Why use those same old cardboard coffee sleeves when you can use a fancy felt coffee sleeve – all pretty and touchable?

Materials you’ll need

It’s super easy to make. It uses just a few of the most basic embroidery stitches – and there are links to video tutorials teaching all of them.

Download the template here.

Here’s how to make it.

Step 1

Transfer the pattern to the felt. I use Sulky Sticky Fabri­Solvy every time I work with felt. I love it!

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

If you’re wondering how it works with felt, read this post.

Step 2

Embroider the design and trim the edges of the felt to size.

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

I’m going to applique all the flowers and butterflies, so all I stitched here are the stems and butterfly trails.

I used backstitch for the stems with four strands of green thread, and running stitch for the butterfly trails with two strands of light blue thread.

Step 3

Soak out the Sulky Sticky Fabri­Solvy in cold water and let it dry flat. Don’t wring, twist or even smoosh it. Just set it on a towel and let it dry overnight.

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Look! Now I know exactly where each applique piece goes!

Step 4

Applique and embroider the rest of your design.

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Use freezer paper to cut out the tiny applique pieces. Trace the pieces onto the paper side of the freezer paper. Fuse the paper to felt, and then cut out the pieces, cutting through the paper and felt at the same time. It will help keep your cutting accurate.

I used whipstitch to applique the pieces, French knots for all the dots, and simple straight stitches for everything else.

Everything is stitched with two strands of thread.

Step 5

Cut a second piece of felt to match the first.

Sew the prickly, hook half of the hook & loop tape to the end of the embroidered piece.

Sew the soft, loop half of the hook & loop tape to the blank piece of felt.

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

I used a sewing machine to attach these pieces, but you could also sew by hand.

Step 6

Sew the two layers together all the way around the edge.

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

I used blanket stitch, but you could also use whipstitch, running stitch, or even sew it on the sewing machine.

Finished!

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Wrap it around your coffee cup and you’re ready to go!

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Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

2 COMMENTS

  1. Geri Aldrich SAYS...

    Wendi, What is your favorite stitch for outlining an object prior to satin stitching the object,
    I thought you mentioned the stem stitch, but wanted to be sure.
    Thanks and I love your teaching abilities! Instructions are so clear and nicely done.
    Geri

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