Chilly temperatures have us grabbing hot, delicious beverages throughout the day. A steamy drink is the perfect way to warm up and wake up, but can sometimes be too hot to handle. And though the standard cardboard sleeve gets the job done, there are much cuter and environmentally-friendly options.
Create your own reusable coffee sleeve and keep some paper out of the landfill, all while making that morning cup of joe extra adorable! We've found DIY coffee-sleeve tutorials for every skill level as well as a few upcycled options, so whether you're an expert knitter or can't sew at all, there's a project here for you. Check out all 10 DIY coffee-sleeve ideas below!
1. No-Sew and UpcycledMommypotamus
You know that beloved pair of socks you keep wearing, even though they definitely have a hole or two? Or that sad pile of lonely socks waiting for their mate that disappeared in the dryer? Put them to better use and give them new life with this quick and easy tutorial from Mommypotamus. No knitting, crocheting, or sewing skills required. But in under 10 minutes, you have a new coffee sleeve to keep your hands safe and honor those treasured socks!
2. Easy Sleeve for Crochet BeginnersMy Mommy World
Always wanted to learn to crochet but have never taken the time? Today's the day, friends! This basic pattern is easy enough for a true beginner and can be made in no time. Plus, My Mommy World has a how-to video that will walk you through the process. Stop telling yourself you'll learn someday and whip up this cute coffee sleeve ASAP.
3. Cozy Knit with a Handy PocketSimply Notable
Everything is better with a pocket, and these knitted coffee sleeves are no exception. These are simple to make and ubercozy-looking, plus they have an adorable storage nook to stash sugar packets or tea bags. Pretty and practical! And they make a great gift. Grab a disposable cup, slip this handmade sleeve around it, and stash a coffee shop gift card or a little love note into the pocket. Head on over to Simply Notable to check out the tutorials for the plain and cabled versions, then whip up one for you and a friend.
4. Reversible and AdjustableLove 2 Create
This coffee sleeve is perfect for those who like to customize. It's reversible, so you can pick two fabrics and switch sides to match your outfit or your mood. Plus, the elastic fastener (made from a basic hair tie) ensures that this sleeve can stretch to fit most coffee cups—even mugs with a handle. It's truly one size fits all.
5. Adorable Coffee Cup Sweater and MittensMom Advice
Give your morning cup of joe a bit of personality with this fantastic sweater coffee cozy. This precious sleeve is complete with arms, a pocket, and coordinating mittens. It's guaranteed to elicit a smile from your favorite barista. Head over to Mom Advice for a tutorial, as well as a helpful video walk-through, and make your very own cozy coffee sweater today!
6. Super Speedy FeltPurl Soho
Calling all minimalists! These simple felt coffee sleeves are perfect for anyone who likes to keep things streamlined. They can be made quickly and easily. Use the pattern from Purl Soho to trace and cut out multiple sleeves, pin them, then sew them all at once without ever having to lift the foot on your sewing machine. Trim the excess thread, and with one pass on your machine, you've made a whole stack! Perfect for holiday gifts, bridal parties, or for anyone who loves coffee.
7. Cute as a ButtonFrayed Knot
If you're a knitter, Jonna over at Frayed Knot calls this sweet little sleeve her "15-Minute Coffee Sleeve." That's how long it takes her to make one, from start to finish. You might not be quite that quick, but whether you're an expert knitter or a beginner, this super-simple pattern is a good place to start. Customize it with the yarn color or texture of choice, and accessorize with a beautiful button. You'll have a basic coffee sleeve perfect for cool weather and cozy hands.
8. Glitter GlamSomething Turquoise
These cardstock coffee sleeves are perfect for a party! If you're thinking of serving coffee, tea, or cocoa at a wedding or event, try adding these simple sleeves as a way to tie in your colors and theme. The possibilities are endless for customization, and details like this make a bold statement. Try adding extra personality with a rubber stamp or festive trim. Check out the tutorial at Something Turquoise.
9. Hand-Stitched Felt CrittersWhat to Do With Lemons
How sweet are these felt critter cozies? While they look majorly impressive and are sure to get some serious compliments, the shapes and stitches used are basic. At What to Do With Lemons, find step-by-step photo tutorials and patterns for all three: owl, fox, and penguin. Make one of these DIY coffee sleeves today and have the most adorable coffee cup around.
10. Favorite Flannel CuffThrift Dee
The fashion trend of the '90s is making a comeback, and that goes for your coffee cup as well. Whip up this simple flannel coffee sleeve and your morning cup will be majorly on-trend. Simply cut the cuffs off a shirt, sew or glue the raw edge to prevent fraying, and you've got a pretty plaid cozy to keep your hands cool and your coffee warm. Because every shirt makes two, the cozies are a great his-and-hers option.