We are so excited to be partnering with Jennifer Perkins & TOMS Austin for monthly craft make and takes! If you don’t live in Austin and aren’t able to directly take part in the fun, don’t worry because we’ll be recapping each event and craft with you here on the blog! Here’s Jen with all the details!
Each month I host ‘Crafts and Cocktails with Jen’ at the Austin, Texas TOMS store. We have made painted bead necklaces, used stencils, talked Day of the Dead and more. For January, the felt scraps were flying and the embroidery needles were busy. Over 30 crafty Austin ladies came out to make one of a kind felt coffee sleeves thanks to Darice.
When you hear about TOMS you probably think shoes (and charity), but did you know they also make coffee? Tasty coffee at that. The Austin TOMS store not only sells shoes and sunglasses, there is also a coffee bar. On a cold January night it only made sense to make a felt DIY coffee sleeve. Today, I’m showing you how to make your own DIY coffee sleeve at home.
- Cardboard Coffee Sleeve
- Darice Felt
- Scissors & Pen
- Darice Embroidery Floss
- Craft Glue
- Embroidery Needle
- Button & Hair Elastic Band
- Embellishments of Your Choice (studs, sequins, glitter, fringe, etc.)
Take apart your cardboard sleeve and lay it on your craft felt. Use a pen to outline your pattern. Cut out and set aside. If you really want to protect your hands and add an extra pop of color, cut a second piece of felt in a contrasting color either slightly larger or slightly smaller.
If you don’t have a cardboard sleeve, there are also plenty of patterns that can be downloaded off the internet.
The fun part is decorating your DIY coffee sleeve. The ladies (and gent) at Crafts and Cocktails pulled out all the creative stops. There were studs, glitter, pompom fringe and lot’s of embroidery. I loved seeing everyone’s unique ideas come together.
Some crafters opted to tack their designs with fabric glue before embroidering, others went straight to the needle. If you are planning to embroider, keep this in mind when thinking of your design – the thicker your piece the harder to stitch.
Were you starting to wonder where those ponytail holders came in? After you have your DIY coffee sleeve design, wrap it around a standard cup. You are going to want this baby snug. Mark with a pen where the pieces meet. Using embroidery floss, stitch a button onto the outside of one side. Some people used two buttons and others used buttons as a part of their design. On the other side of felt, stitch your hair elastic on the underside of your felt. You may need to cut your elastic in half and tie again in a secure knot. Be sure to stitch well. When your sleeve is wrapped around your cup the elastic will come over and around your button, holding everything in place.
Look at those happy makers and no, those smiles are not from the free cocktails, they are from crafty pride. These felt coffee sleeves are so fun and easy to make. Great activity for your next ladies night, awesome handmade gift, or perhaps something to add to your Etsy store.
If you live in Austin, TX swing by TOMS on S. Congress every month to make a free craft with me, sponsored by Darice. I’d love to get crafty with you and see you next month at TOMS Austin for #craftsandcocktailswithjen! I’ll be there with a slew of Darice supplies ready to get crafty.
Check out more adventures with Jen on her blog www.jenniferperkins.com.