Is it snowing where you are? We have nothing but fog here, not even our usual December rain. There’s even talk of a sparse ski season on Mt. Hood this year. I’m not a skier, but I’m so ready for some of that cold white stuff. Bring it on, Old Man Winter.
Because I’m in such a snowy mood, I decided this month’s coffee cup sleeve would have a bit of a chill to it. Once I was done, I realized this one would be perfect for so many other uses. Make it in school colors to show your spirit at the game or in wedding colors for the bride to get her caffeine fix. Some pink and red would be cute for Valentine’s Day, or some florals or pastels to celebrate the beginning of spring. But, for now, the focus is on January’s snowflakes.
To make this sleeve, you’ll need:
- cotton fabric
- InsulBrite batting
- iron-on interfacing
- 3” of elastic cord
- 12” of 1/2” bias tape
- button (5/8 – 1”)
- this pattern
Iron the interfacing onto side one of the coffee sleeve.
Fold the small flag pieces in half with right sides together. If you look at the pattern piece, the dotted lines should be together. Sew where the dotted lines are shown.
Trim the corners and seam and turn right side out. The seam should be centered at the back. Press.
Fold the bias tape in half and press. Beginning 1 1/2” from the end, slip the top of the flags inside the fold and stitch the length of the tape.
Pin the banner onto side one of the coffee cup sleeve, 1” from the top and with the flags about 1 1/4” from each end. Stitch the bias tape from one edge of the sleeve to the other.
Trim the ends of the bias tape even with the edges of the sleeve. Tie the ends of the elastic cord together with a piece of thread. Center on the right side with the loop facing in. Add your tag on the left if you use them.
Carefully lay side two over the top of that with the right side down. Finish with the InsulBrite on top and pin in place. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving 2” open at the bottom for turning.
Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in opening. Topstitch close to the edge all the way around.
Stitch a button onto the point where the elastic reaches comfortably with the ends of the sleeve together.
This does not make me want it to snow any less.
I’m even all ready with my toasty drink!