I’ve recently been searching all over the internet for a coffee sleeve tutorial.  I like “coffee sleeve,” but it seems like these sleeves can be called any number of things: cozy, coozie, koozie.  I used all of those in my internet searches.

Finished Cozies

I found great tutorials from House on Hill Road, Craftfox, In Color Order, Fat Quarter Shop, and I’m sure there are many other great ones out there.

But, I really didn’t want any extra bulk (even just a little) from an elastic-and-button closure.  I wanted to sew the ends of the sleeve together. Several people have said they simply sew the ends shut, but I had a hard time visualizing how to do that.

Yesterday on Instagram, when I posted a picture of my attempt at using hand embroidery to tack the overlapping ends together, Allison suggested her favorite coffee sleeve tutorial by Imagine Fabric.

FINALLY!  This was exactly what I wanted.

All of the tutorials I found use roughly the same process. Here’s exactly what I did to make my coffee sleeves. I used some of the steps from many of the tutorials, and I did some things none of the tutorials did.

1. Trace corporate cardboard sleeve on two pieces of card stock.
2. Add 1/4″ seam allowance to one traced template.
3. Cut out both traced templates.
4. Trace larger template onto outside and lining fabrics.
5. Trace smaller template onto batting.
6. Fuse or quilt batting to the wrong side of outer fabric.
7. Place right sides of outer and lining fabrics together and pin.

Here’s where I appreciated the Imagine Fabric tutorial.

8. Sew the top edge of the sleeve but start and stop 1/4″ from either end (I left myself a little more room). Sew the bottom edge starting and stopping 2″ from the edges.

Sewing Edges

9. Once you finish sewing those seams, turn your sleeve right sides out.

10. Take the ends of the sleeve and pin them right sides together.

I found that it was easier to move the sleeve through the machine when I started on the side that had more room – the side where I stopped sewing 2″ from the edge. That way, I sewed towards the side where I had less wiggle room – the side where I stopped 1/4″ (or 1/2″) from the edge.

Sewing Ends Together

11. There will be raw edges showing through the openings that are left. Press those 1/4″ to the inside and pin the openings shut.

Open sectiosn to press inside

Pinning closed

12. After pinning, turn the outside of the sleeve in. When you’re topstitching, the sleeve moves through the machine a little easier this way.

2 - Topstitching

Before I found the Imagine Fabric tutorial, I tried machine sewing overlapping ends together. First I used a zig zag stitch. Then I tried some decorative machine embroidery stitches. I finally attempted some hand embroidered lazy daisy stitches.  The hand embroidery was nice, but the other two didn’t look very good.

First attempts at sewing ends of a cozy together

I like the look of these seams much better.

Finished Seams

Which created a great excuse to go out and have a coffee treat!

Finished Cozies

Spider Web Cozy

If you’re looking for a way to whip up a coffee cozy, I hope these visuals are a good addition to the Imagine Fabric Tutorial. These sleeves are fast. They’re useful. And they’ll surely add some pizazz to your morning cup of joe. Or tea. Or anything that needs a sleeve!



  1. Kim S.

    I love these! They would make the perfect addition to gifts for teachers and bus drivers (put a gift card in an empty coffee cup wrapped in the sleeve) or a cute stocking stuffer for my husband for the holidays! Bookmarking this one for future use! Thanks, Daisy!

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  3. Sharon

    Oh these would be perfect, but I can’t say I have seen a coffee sleeve here in Sydney to trace off, but then I don’t travel too far for my coffee!

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