DIY Reversible Coffee Sleeve

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In case you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to drink coffee anytime after 4 p.m., the answer is no.  It’s not a good idea.

Even if you have a test the next day and plan on spending the whole night studying (and don’t), maybe just fight the sleeping pains, and don’t drink coffee.

Or you’ll be writing on your blog at midnight when you still have to pack for vacation.

Uhhhhh.

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Anyways, I made these for my friends for a “Merry Late-mas” gift.  That’s when it’s February and you still haven’t given your friends their gifts.

Or something.

They were super simple to make, and I think they turned out pretty cute.  I actually like to put them around my coffee mugs at home as opposed to actual disposable coffee cups.  1. Because I always forget it when I go to a coffee shop, and 2. Because I’m one of those weird people that grabs the actual coffee mug and not the handle.

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Coffee places are actually one of my favorite places in the whole entire world.  You can catch me at a coffee house at least twice a week, maybe even more.  At one point, I went to my favorite place five times in one week.

It’s not something that I’m proud of, but I have to accept my flaws.

Also, as many of you know, I plan to open a coffee shop after I graduate from college.  So really, my nonsensical coffee obsession is all in the name of research.

My favorite place to research is called The Hub, and it’s a local place here in Reno.  They roast their own coffee beans, and their coffee actually saved my life.

They’re the kind of coffee place that make you realize the reason that Starbuck’s puts so much sugar in their coffee is to mask the taste of their sub-par coffee.

Sorry Starbuck’s.  It’s nothing personal really.  I still hit you up sometimes when I have a giftcard or something.

Anyways, back to The Hub.  If you’re ever in Reno, it’s a must stop.  I prefer their location on Riverside (by the Truckee River…amazing!) but they also have a location on Cheney, which is the OG Hub.  Order a pour-over (my favorite) or a latte (my second favorite) and you’ll be the happiest ever.

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I really love their logo, which is why there’s so many pictures of it on here.  Also, I have to show some coffee shop love for all the time they let me spend there studying.

P.S. These photos were not taken in The Hub.  Partially because I didn’t have my camera when I went to there on Tuesday, and partially because sometimes I just don’t want to be “that girl taking pictures of her food” in public.  I like to keep my food picture-taking a private affair.

But I did do my best to make my house kind of look like a coffee shop.  Which really isn’t too hard, because it already kind of looks like a coffee shop.  I mean, we have a Chemex, an Aeropress, a coffee grinder, the scale, the mugs…all we’re missing is the espresso machine (we’re taking donations).  (6.11.15 Update: We now have an espresso machine…)

Plus, when I was setting up my coffee table for the pictures, I realized that my Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” album was the perfect accessory.  My favorite coffee + one of my favorite albums ever = very happy Sara.

Unfortunately, I’m still trying to figure out my camera, so many of the pictures came out blurry 😦  Boo.  Hopefully when I visit my family this weekend, my brother can help me figure it all out.

Alright, sorry for talking so much.  Here’s how to make these:

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Materials:

2 different fabrics (about 1/4 yard each to be safe)

1/4 yd. iron on adhesive fabric (I got the medium kind for insulation)

Elastic

Button

Thread, needle, sewing machine, etc.

Begin by taking a coffee sleeve from your favorite coffee shop.  Trace it onto some printer paper, and cut out.  (These were the blurry pics, so I didn’t post this step.  It’s pretty simple, really).

Trace the shape on to your two different fabrics and your adhesive fabric.

Iron the adhesive fabric onto the wrong side of one of your fabrics.  Lay your two fabrics good sides together.

Cut a two inch piece of elastic, fold, and place between the fabrics so a little bit is peeking out.

Sew around, the sleeve, making sure to back stitch over the elastic to ensure it stays in place.  Make sure to leave a two inch gap.

Flip the sleeve inside out.  Fold the seam in around the two inch gap, and top seam around the whole sleeve.

Fold the sleeve around a coffee cup, and mark where the elastic should meet the button.  Hand sew the button in place.

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These are the ones I made for my friends.

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And if you want, you can flip it inside out and make it reversible.  Or you could sew a button on the other side if you feel so inclined.

(I did not).

(But I may in the future).

Goodnight beautiful people.

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*Song of the Day: Never Going Back Again–Fleetwood Mac*
(obviously)

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