Make a Reusable Coffee Sleeve

Cardboard sleeves have become an icon of the our post-Starbucks coffee culture. They allow you to enjoy your hot beverage on the go, sans heat damage. But if you use 3 cardboard coffee sleeves a week, you’re throwing 156 cardboard sleeves into landfills each year (and Imma be honest… I drink more than 3 cups of coffee a week…)

Do your part to reduce your waste by learning how to make a reusable coffee cozy. Just keep it in your bag and remember to use it whenever you’re on the go. Watch the video to learn how to make your own!

The materials you needs are:

  • a sewing needle
  • thread
  • cardboard coffee sleeve
  • tracing marker or chalk
  • eco-felt or an old sweater*
*Eco-felt is made from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles. It’s about $0.59 for a 9X11 piece at most craft stores. However, if you want to make this project even more environmental, you can make this from an old sweater. Check out this great tutorial by CraftStylish to learn how!
This video was made for a collaborative project I was part of at Northwestern, so we made it Northwestern themed, but there are infinite possibilities! Here are some other coffee cozies I’ve made:

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