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Easy DIY Felt Cup Sleeve

I am working on some DIY tutorials to go along with my turquoise and copper powder room reveal, but in the meantime I wanted to share this project because if you’re looking for a super simple but practical fall/winter craft, you’ll love this easy DIY felt cup sleeve idea!  Obviously the best thing to do is avoid disposable paper and plastic cup waste altogether (with a hilarious travel mug!), but for those times that your favorite travel mug leaks, is dirty, or lost in the abyss of the corner cabinet, a DIY felt cup sleeve at least saves on a paper sleeve!  Every little bit helps, right?  Plus this easy DIY felt cup sleeve also makes a cute handmade gift and it’s a great way to use up felt scraps.  Here’s how I made my cup sleeve with large turquoise trimmed polka dots.


DIY Felt Cup Sleeve Tutorial

DIY Felt Cup Sleeve Tutorial

Save the next paper cup sleeve you use to keep and use as a pattern.  You can trace it onto paper to make a thinner, more manageable pattern in you prefer (see above).  I made a pattern this way and also made my pattern a bit taller than the average cup sleeve – I love that it covers up coffee cup logos now too.  No one needs to know how much I love McDonald’s coffee, it’s embarrassing.

With my pattern in hand, I pinned it to my felt, traced it, and then cut it out.  I also cut out some small felt circles and basted them onto the sleeve.   Using a blanket stitch and leftover pieces of turquoise, blue and teal embroidery thread, I affixed the circles in a random pattern – easy peasy!

When the design was complete, I grabbed an old paper cup and pinned the ends of my DIY felt cup sleeve in place and checked for fit:

This I used a blanket stitch to sew it closed, and carried the stitch all the way around the edge to give my DIY felt cup sleeve a more finish look!  This easy DIY felt cup sleeve turned out so cute and it’s easy to make a whole bunch to give as gifts or stash in your car, purse, and gym bag so you always have one handy!

You can even make a larger one for a travel mug, if your travel mug is a little too hot to hold – or you just want to cover up a company name.  We have soooo many freebie travel coffee mugs that I like to use, but hate to advertise for random companies, so making one of these easy DIY felt cup sleeves to fit is a stylish solution!

If you want to try something even cuter, use my needle felting tutorial to felt a sweet design – anything from a simple shape made with a cookie cutter, to a more abstract design – onto the sleeve.  You could really personalize these for one-of-a-kind gifts.

I think I’m going to make a second one for my hideous travel mug and needle felt a summery scene to get me through the looooong winter ahead.  This very old post of mine has some great inspiration for more needle felting designs!

Happy crafting!

Easy DIY Cup Cozy



  1. Flora
    November 15, 2019 / 4:30 am

    Amazing work!! Looking forward to more DIY projects from you.

  2. Joanie
    November 21, 2019 / 11:45 am

    Love your green coat, LOL!

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