I love Christmas time. I know many people disagree, but I never feel like it’s too early to start talking ornaments and eggnog. By the time Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full-blown deck the halls mode. The flip side of that is I’m really ready to put those decorations away once it’s over, but by the next November I’ve forgotten that and I’m good to go again.
Fortunately it takes a while to make holiday crafts, so I have a great excuse to start the party early. For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to go a little subtle. This could actually work any time of year, but it feels festive right now.
To make this cozy, you’ll need fabric, InsulBrite, 3” of elastic cord, button and this pattern. Cut the tree section from green fabric and the trunk from brown. Flip the pattern upside down and cut the back and InsulBrite. You’ll notice a package of small, multicolored buttons in the photo. I intended to sew them on like ornaments, but decided I liked it better without. You can certainly add buttons, embroidery or ribbon to decorate your tree if you’d like.
Flip the trunk piece over and line it up with the bottom of the tree. Stitch 1/4” from the edge.
Fold the trunk back and press the seam.
Leave that piece face up. Tie the ends of the elastic together and center on the tip of the tree with the loop to the inside. Lay the back piece on top of that, face down. Add the InsulBrite on top and pin in place. Stitch around the outside, leaving an opening on one side for turning.
Make sure the stitching at the bottom of the tree matches the stitching where you added the trunk. When I flipped mine over I had to re-stitch that section.
Clip all the corners.
Turn the tree right side out through the opening. Press, turning in the opening.
Topstitch all the way around. Mark the spot for the button and sew in place with a toothpick underneath.
Slip onto a cup of something warm and tasty.
You could add some decorations to your sleeve to make it more colorful, but there’s something kind of peaceful about it the way it is.
And I really need a couple of people to use this tree sleeve and my fox sleeve side by side. They just fit together.
In other exciting news, remember my Pencil Coffee Cup Sleeve? Well, last year Bethany from Finding Pins and Needles added some really cute embroidery to them to make gifts for her kids’ teachers. She’s now offering the embroidery pattern in her Etsy shop, which she’ll personalize for you with the teacher’s name so you can add it to your handmade sleeve!