DIY Felt Coffee Cozy Tutorial

The full tutorial for making these felt coffee cozies is below, but if don’t want to make them yourself, I’ll make one for you! You can find these felt coffee cozies in my shop here!

Ever wanted to dress up your coffee cup a little bit? I made an adorable felt coffee cozy and it’s the perfect accessory! Plus it’s much more eco-friendly since you can reuse it time and time again!

(By the way, these coffee cozies were so popular they were featured on Stylelist Home as the Craft Of The Day! Woo!)

DIY Coffee Cozy

Goodbye boring brown cardboard, and hello fun colors, felt, elastic, and BUTTONS!!!

DIY Felt Coffee Cozy

You need:

  • felt
  • elastic (an old hair tie will do just fine)
  • buttons
  • color-coordinating thread
  • fusible interfacing (optional)
  • a sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • a coffee cup to use as a model

This tutorial and the template provided are based on using felt. Because felt is so thick, I sized the template so that the ends of the cozy just barely touch, but don’t overlap like most cozies (too thick in my opinion). If you want to use a different fabric that’s totally fine! Just remember that the template is sized so that the ends just meet…no overlapping, so you may want to extend the length a bit if you want it to overlap.

So, the first thing you need is a template. You can grab a java jacket from Starbucks, take it apart, and trace it if you want. Or, I made a free printable that you can download below. The benefit of my printable is that it’s got the seam allowances already figured out for you! Click the picture or the link to download.

Coffee Cozy TemplateCoffee Cozy Template

Print out your template on plain paper and cut the shape out along the solid edges (you’ll use the dotted line edges later). Lay the paper template over your felt and cut out two copies.

Cutting Out Fabric

Once you have your pieces cut out, take your elastic and one piece of felt. Pin the elastic down near the edge so that most of the elastic is on top of your felt, not hanging over the edge. You want about an inch to an inch and a half of elastic on top of your felt. Don’t worry about being precise here; when we position the button later we will measure from your elastic so that it’s a snug fit on your cup.

Pinning Elastic

Sew the elastic onto the felt with less than a quarter inch of seam allowance. This part is important; you are just tacking down the elastic so it stays attached later, but you are going to have 1/4″ seams so these stitches need to be made inside of 1/4″ otherwise you’ll be able to see them in your finished coffee cozy.

Optional interfacing step:

Using interfacing for this project is completely optional. The felt is thick enough that it works just fine as a heat barrier all by itself. But the interfacing makes it a bit stiffer and a bit more heat resistant, which some people might like.

If you’re going to use interfacing, take the paper template that you previously cut out on the solid line, and now cut it out again, but this time on the dotted line. This is going to be your template for the interfacing. Lay the paper template on top of the interfacing (lay the interfacing fusible side down so that it irons on to the other piece of felt properly), and cut out one piece. Iron the interfacing onto the other piece of felt (the one without the elastic) according to your interfacing’s instructions.

Now you should have two pieces: one with elastic and one with interfacing.

Pieces Ready To Assemble

Lay your pieces out exactly like this (if you didn’t use interfacing, the bottom piece will just be plain) and then pick up the bottom piece and stack it on top of the piece with the elastic without rotating or flipping either piece. Pin together and then sew with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 1-2″ gap on the short side without the elastic.

Make sure to reinforce the stitches on either side of the gap because you’ll be turning the whole thing inside out from here.

Trim your excess thread tails and clip your corners at 45 degrees so they don’t  bunch up once turned inside out.

Clipped Corners

Turn your cozy right side out through the gap you left in the seam. Be patient and go slowly so you don’t rip the gap open. Once you have the bulk of it right side out you can use the eraser end of a pencil to poke out the corners and seams a bit.

Once your cozy is right side out, grab a needle and thread and stitch the gap closed. Then press the entire thing with an iron so that all the seams lay flat.

The only piece left to do is the button, and this part is pretty easy! Wrap the cozy around your empty coffee cup and adjust it however you’d like. Then take a pencil, stick it through the elastic, pull the cozy closed around the cup, and mark the felt wherever the pencil tip hits the other end. This will be where you sew on your button! Make sure not to stretch the elastic too much when marking for the button; the elastic and button are just there to hold the cozy closed, they don’t need to make it into a corset!

Sew on your button and you’re finished!

Finished Coffee Cozy

I had so much fun making the first one that I made four more! The coolest thing about this project is that you can make these in any color combinations you want by using different felt, buttons, elastic, and thread. I made mine two toned, but you could get pretty creative here!

Make your own fun coffee cozys with felt, elastic, and buttons

You can find these felt coffee cozies in my shop here!

I link up at these awesome parties!

Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Andre says

    5 years ago

    Great idea for coffee cozies, thanks for sharing! Lately, struggled with the same problem and used another approach. I made coffee sleeve out of cardboard. Fits really good and keeps my hands pretty comfortable. By the way, it’s protecting more effectively than original one. Uploaded on my channel here:

  2. Laura says

    7 years ago

    I was drinking a slushy over the weekend. The weather was still cool and windy and I had to keep switching hands! I said to my husband that I thought a “coffee cup cover” would be great for cold drinks too! This would definitely work and help keep it colder longer!

  3. christy says

    10 years ago

    great tutorial, my girls and I whipped it up and needle- felted some bling on it to personailize it more (a motorcycle wheel and mustache for Grampa). thanks, I blogged about your great tutorial here:

    (one thing I did not do was put the mustache right side up the first time —- oops, something for readers to watch for)

  4. ChiWei says

    10 years ago

    I love the gray felt with the bright buttons! Sometimes I’m just that into prints but doesn’t mean I feel drab, right? Thank you for sharing a great tutorial!

  5. Kerry says

    10 years ago

    Very nice, I like the colored buttons and coordinating top stitch!

  6. Andrea Merrigan says

    10 years ago

    Love the tutorial. Found you through the blog lovin’ blog hop. Cant wait to read more of your posts to get to know you better.

  7. Heidi In Hawaii says

    10 years ago

    I’ve made these before – so much fun!

  8. Megan says

    10 years ago

    What a cute project!! I’m the same way about my drinks being lukewarm. 🙂 I pinned this tutorial to try in the future. Megan

  9. Natasha says

    10 years ago

    love this so much!! pinning and also now your newest follower


    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Yep, I’m following the new blog now too so I don’t miss anything! Thanks Sarah!

  10. Susie @Bowdabra says

    10 years ago

    Thanks for linking this up last week at our Crafty Showcase! We’re just hopin’ around today and wanted to say HI!.Have a super week. Our new Crafty Showcase starts Saturday morning! Hope to see you there!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  11. Natalie @ Confetti Diaries says

    10 years ago

    What a fantastic tutorial! I’ve seen these coffee cozies around and have been wanting to make one. It’s such a greener way to enjoy my favorite beverage. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Amanda says

    10 years ago

    These are super cute! stopping by from naptime delights 🙂

  13. Meredith Hazel says

    10 years ago

    I love these! Heading to my office to print the pattern now 🙂

    Featuring you today on Favorite Pins Friday!!

  14. Maria says

    10 years ago

    Ohhh these cozies are adorable!!! I’ve been wanting to make some too, you’ve inspired me now! Thanks for sharing this!

  15. Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home says

    10 years ago

    I’m so excited to make one of these! I’m going to make these for stocking stuffers 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      All linked up, thanks for the invite!

  16. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    10 years ago

    So adorable!! These would make great gifts!! I’m so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime. I’m pinning this for sure!

  17. K @ Storytime Fun! says

    10 years ago

    What an awesome idea! I am thinking that I want to make these for my storytime friends to decorate and give as gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even Grandparents’ Day. There are so many cute little felt shapes that they could use to decorate with. Hmmmm…

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love these!

    Hope you have a lovely day!
    K @ Storytime Fun!

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      They would make great gifts, and it would definitely be fun to decorate them with felt shapes! I’ve been meaning to try needle felting for a while now, maybe this is the perfect excuse!

  18. There Was a Crooked House says

    10 years ago

    Totally cute! I think I am just going to have to make one of these.

  19. Connie says

    10 years ago

    I love this, and I want one. Somethng I’ve never made before. I want them to fit my Mason jars too. Link this post up with me at Wow Us Wednesday ok? Thanks!

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Absolutely! I’ll try to link up before I go out of town this weekend, otherwise I’ll do it once we’re back home!

  20. six sisters says

    10 years ago

    This is soooo cute!! We love this fun idea. We are so glad you joined our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  21. Linda says

    10 years ago

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these. It came out so cute. Thanks, Linda

  22. Evelyn says

    10 years ago

    I love these! I would never have to wonder which cup was mine:) Just too cute with the buttons. Thank you for sharing this at Freedom Fridays!!

  23. Tanya says

    10 years ago

    Hi Jessi,

    Thank you for visiting today and the invite to your party! I just linked up my Rustic Modern Mirror. Thank you again 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend,


  24. Jennette says

    10 years ago

    Oh, I just absolutely love the idea of making a coffee cozy!!! Plus your instructions are so easy to understand! Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea! I want to try this soon…

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Thanks Jennette! I hope you love your cozy as much as I love mine!

  25. Katie says

    10 years ago

    Super cute! Though I rarely buy coffee out; QT coffee in a reusable mug ftw. ^_~

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Thanks Adrianne, I’m thrilled with how they turned out 🙂

  26. amy says

    10 years ago

    Totally cute! I love the colors you used! I’ve never seen one out of felt before, I’m liking it!! The buttons are adorable too. I think the gray and pink is my fave…although I like them all.

    • Jessi says

      10 years ago

      Thanks Amy! I just used felt cuz it’s what I had on hand, but it would be fun with any fabric!

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