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Tutorial: Coffee Cup Sleeves

My first year sewing, I decided to make coffee cup sleeves for Christmas gifts and a Christmas fair. They were so successful, and after making about 40 of these, I thought y’all would enjoy them too.
FinalSleeve_front

Materials:

  • 24 2.5″ x 1.5″ Scraps (I am using pink and purple scraps which could be any size)
  • 3 6.5″ x 1.5″ Linen strips
  • 1 6.5″ x 10″ Corduroy (for backing, you could also use felt)
  • 2 6.5″ x 10″ fusible fleece ( you could use one piece fleece, one piece insul fleece; I use both pieces of fleece, so that I can use it for cold drink sweat as well)
  • 1/4″ binding (Wrights double folded bias works well)
  • 1 Elastic hair tie
  • 1 button
  • 1 Paper Coffee cup sleeve (use as template)

    Scraps

  1. Sew the 2.5″ x 1.5″ pieces into 6.5″ x 2.5″ strips and trim. Layout the your sleeve. Sew the scrappy strips together with the 6.5″ x 1.5″ linen strips. This will make a block of ~10″ x 6.5″.

    ScrapsSewn_Layout
  2. You now have 4 pieces to make your quilt sandwich. Iron one piece of the fusible fleece to the corduroy, the other to the scrappy block (front). Pin the layers together and trim the top edge, so that you have a good guide for quilting. QuiltSandwich
  3. Quilt the sandwich. I used my foot edge for even distance between the straight-line quilting.
    Quilted
  4. Pin the template on the quilted sandwich. Cut out your coffee cup sleeve.
    CutFirstSleeve
  5. You may actually be able to get two out of your block. Line the template up with the arc of the previous cut.
    CutTwoSleeves
  6. You now have two sleeves.
    TwoSleevesCut
  7. Take one of the sleeves and the 1/4″ double folded bias. Open the bias folds, and iron the edge in about a 1/4″. This will be where you will fold the edges of the binding within itself.
  8. Use a machine binding technique with your sleeve,  that means, you will start sewing the binding to the back. Unfold one edge of the binding and use the fold as a guide to your sew line. Sew approximately 1″ at a time, making sure you line up the edge of the bias with the sleeve edge. Use mitered corners.
    SewingBinding_Back
  9. To finish up the binding on the back, overlap the edges of the binding about 1/4″ and sew. Unfold the bottom edge (leaving the 1/4″ “hem”),  and nest the other edge, refold.
  10. Turn over the coffee cup sleeve and fold over the binding. Stitch about a couple of mm from the edge all the way around. At the corners make sure you make the mitered corners fold the opposite way of the back.
    SewingBinding_Front
  11. Once the binding is on add the finishing details. On the slightly angled edge, pin the middle of the hair tie together, and pin it to the middle of the sleeve.
    PlacingElasticTie
  12. Turn the coffee cup sleeve over and sew along the top stitching of the binding to mask the stitching. Back stitch, back across the hair tie to add strength to the securing stitches.
  13. To finish off securing the hair tie, add about 10 stitches attaching the end of the hair tie to the back. Make sure your stitches do not go through the front. Use a thread color to match the corduroy.
    Finishings
  14. Last step, is attaching the button to the straighter edge of the coffee cup sleeve. I use a 4 hole button, as it is more stable than a 2 hole which is needed with the pull of from the hair tie.FinalSleeve_FlatView
  15. That’s it, the only thing left is to try it on your cup. It should fit a Starbuck’s cup and their $1 recycle cup and Caribou Cafe etc.
    FinalSleeve_back

I hope you enjoy, and I would love to see any you make up. If you have any questions let me know.

Small Giveaway

Now, for a small giveaway…I have an extra coffee cup sleeve of the one above and I will throw in some recent scraps as well, whatever I can fit in the envelope. Just leave a comment below on what handmade gifts you are making for Christmas. If you are a follower you get a second entry – just let me know below. I will randomly draw a winner next Sunday at 6pm EST.

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday and Let’s Bee Social (see buttons on the right).

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Sea Spray: HST Pillow Completed!!!

Sea spray is a spray of seawater that forms when ocean waves crash, or high winds are blowing.” (from wikipedia).

That, I think, perfectly describes this finished HST pillow.  It was a dash to the finish, for sure, but I managed to finish my pillow that I am swapping this weekend.  I based this pillow off “Crystallized” by Angela Mitchell’s pattern in the Pillow Pop book (page 82). Instead of using the warm and cool color combinations, I swapped the warm for low-volume prints and made the cool color rings a single color within a the ring (not mixed). IMG_7424

I quilted irregular lines in the low volume portion of the pillow, which you can see more clearly in this close-up.IMG_7426

The back of the pillow I kept simple with using a single Kona Blue fabric. The opening I used an invisible zipper through the middle of the pillow (as I had done in my other two cushions blogged here). IMG_7428

I am including a picture of the pillow top backing, as you can really see the quilting. The top, I used organic cotton batting with muslin as the backing which is what you see here.IMG_7430

So I love the finish, the hubby wanted to keep it…..I hope my swap partner likes it!!
I blogged previously, showing photos of the making of the pillow – those can be found here and here. I shared the above photos on the “Pillow Pop” flickr group – in case you are interested in joining.

I am linking up with AmandaJean @ CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.

April goals, mid month check-in

To kill two birds with one stone….My work in progress this week is for more Madrona Road blocks…I need to do 9 before the 2nd week of May. I have one complete, the chess board block, these are the next two I am working on this week.

Chevron Block:

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X and + Block (but different with the x being short and rounded ends…see the tiles posted here):IMG_7177

 

Here is where I am for my April goal check-in:

  1. Focus on stock for my Etsy Store.
    • Chair Bags (x2 sets)
      1 set is completed – posted on Etsy and blogged here
    • Oven Mitts (x1 set)
    • Coffee Cup Sleeves (x2)
      Completed and posted….A few kind folks also posted them on interest. Blogged here and here
    • Pouches/ Cases (x2)
      Not started but I have purchased the fabric
    • Set of place mats (x1 Stretch goal)
  2. Make a Pin cushion (from Patchwork Please) and a travel sewing pouch
    Pin cushion complete and blogged here, also posted on the Zakka Along 2.0 Flickr site
  3. Make a travel baby quilt for charity  (~30x20in.)
    Not started
  4. Madrona Road Challenge – Mini Quilt
    This weeks focus (see above)

My General goals continue:

  1. Try to eat and exercise to plan
    Starting to do better
  2. Blog regularly using my new schedule
    On target

Linking up for WiP and April Goals, respectively:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced  My

Materials for Triple Zipper Pouch + Madrona Road Challenge

I have several projects on-going for this week’s work in progress – most of them relate to my February goals. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

#3 – 4 sets of Potholders:
I am still working on finishing the set of two pot holders. The chicken ones are completed (and being sent to ClumsyKristel this week) and the blue teapot ones are closer to being finished.

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#5 – Triple Zipper Pouch Tutorial (at A Quilters Table)
I wanted to complete a triple zipper pouch, well I have finally decided on my fabrics (Les Amis Fabrics by Patti Sloniger for Michael Miller) and zippers (Red-brown, Taupe, and Orange-Pink).IMG_0855

Finally a project not on my February goals – Our chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild started the Madrona Road Challenge this week, and I finally have the fabric. I am so excited to get started I have been seeing so many great projects. I know the design I want to try, and it should involve my #6 goal for trying paper piecing. I will be trying to also design my own template….ambitious you might say since I have never paper pieced – well we will see :-). If the blocks turn out I will be sharing the idea and the templates (paper pieced) /designs (for non-paper pieced blocks)IMG_0862

New project using Spoonflower fabric purchase

I have been so swamped this week at work, this has been the first day I was able to do anything on my many projects, I have in mind.

A while back, I discovered this cool hen fabric by maker_maker at spoonflower.com. I knew this fabric would work for a kitchen item, then I saw pot holder projects in so many books and online. That’s it….a pot holder would be perfect. Here is my first pot holder.

The Front:
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The Back:
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Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it up Friday.

Another pot holder finish complete this weekend as well.

Quilted Place Mats

So I don’t have strep throat, yay!!! Its only a flu/cold virus. I should be feeling more myself by Monday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Over this past weekend, I worked on the placemats that are a Christmas gift. I think they are turning out great. One down, three to go.