I am working on some DIY tutorials to go along with my turquoise and copper powder room reveal, but in the meantime I wanted to share this project because if you’re looking for a super simple but practical fall/winter craft, you’ll love this easy DIY felt cup sleeve idea! Obviously the best thing to do is avoid disposable paper and plastic cup waste altogether (with a hilarious travel mug!), but for those times that your favorite travel mug leaks, is dirty, or lost in the abyss of the corner cabinet, a DIY felt cup sleeve at least saves on a paper sleeve! Every little bit helps, right? Plus this easy DIY felt cup sleeve also makes a cute handmade gift and it’s a great way to use up felt scraps. Here’s how I made my cup sleeve with large turquoise trimmed polka dots.
- Tapestry or embroidery needle
- Felted wool
- Turquoise embroidery thread
- Straight pins
- Paper cup sleeve to use as a pattern
- Paper to make pattern (optional)
- Dressmaker’s marking pencil (to trace onto felt)
DIY Felt Cup Sleeve Tutorial
Save the next paper cup sleeve you use to keep and use as a pattern. You can trace it onto paper to make a thinner, more manageable pattern in you prefer (see above). I made a pattern this way and also made my pattern a bit taller than the average cup sleeve – I love that it covers up coffee cup logos now too. No one needs to know how much I love McDonald’s coffee, it’s embarrassing.
With my pattern in hand, I pinned it to my felt, traced it, and then cut it out. I also cut out some small felt circles and basted them onto the sleeve. Using a blanket stitch and leftover pieces of turquoise, blue and teal embroidery thread, I affixed the circles in a random pattern – easy peasy!
When the design was complete, I grabbed an old paper cup and pinned the ends of my DIY felt cup sleeve in place and checked for fit:
This I used a blanket stitch to sew it closed, and carried the stitch all the way around the edge to give my DIY felt cup sleeve a more finish look! This easy DIY felt cup sleeve turned out so cute and it’s easy to make a whole bunch to give as gifts or stash in your car, purse, and gym bag so you always have one handy!
You can even make a larger one for a travel mug, if your travel mug is a little too hot to hold – or you just want to cover up a company name. We have soooo many freebie travel coffee mugs that I like to use, but hate to advertise for random companies, so making one of these easy DIY felt cup sleeves to fit is a stylish solution!
If you want to try something even cuter, use my needle felting tutorial to felt a sweet design – anything from a simple shape made with a cookie cutter, to a more abstract design – onto the sleeve. You could really personalize these for one-of-a-kind gifts.
I think I’m going to make a second one for my hideous travel mug and needle felt a summery scene to get me through the looooong winter ahead. This very old post of mine has some great inspiration for more needle felting designs!