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DIY Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve (from a Cut-Off Jeans Leg!)

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I have, in my possession, a very lousy reusable coffee cup.

reusable coffee cup sleeve before
Whatever shall I do with you guys?

I also have, in my possession, some leftover cut off pant legs from my recent double-waisted jeans refashion.

cuf off jeans legs
Stoopid scraps!

I scored this cup from a pop-up coffee shop sponsored by Bumble (yes, the dating app) during SXSW a couple of years ago.

Every morning, they gave conference attendees a free coffee and breakfast taco. My freebie-loving frugal self is filled with warm waves of nostalgia every time I look at it.

Also, Mr. Refashionista and I met on Bumble, so there’s that.

Unfortunately, my coffee cup is made of incredibly thin, uninsulated plastic.

closeup of thin plastic
Like…really thin.

Every time I filled my cup with coffee or tea for a stroll around the neighborhood or to run an errand, I cringed…knowing my hands were about to suffer from the scalding hot liquid inside.

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Time to make a reusable coffee cup sleeve from those leftover jeans scraps!

Yes, I could just get an insulated mug, but what’s the fun in that?

To get started, I turned one of my leftover jeans leg scraps inside-out, turned the frayed edge over, and pressed it down.

ironing raw edge over
It’s a most pressing matter.

Then, I secured the fold with my sewing clips.

clipped top of sleeve
Clipped & prepped!

I stitched it down using a zigzag stitch to keep it from fraying.

stitching raw edge down with a zigzag stitch
Whirrrrzag!

When I was done, it looked like this.

close up of zigzag stitch
Sweet!

With my future coffee sleeve still turned inside-out, I “fitted” it to my coffee cup using my sewing clips.

fitting sleeve to coffee cup
So bespoke!

You can see I’m keeping the original seams on my sleeve and adding two more, rather than clipping along the existing seams.

This is for two reasons. One, I think it looks cool. Two, it’ll be easier for my sewing machine to sew through two layers of thick denim rather than four.

I carefully slipped my sleeve off of my cup.

coffee sleeve preppped for the sewing machine
Ready to go under the needle!

I stitched each side of my sleeve down.

sewing down side of coffee cup sleeve
Just a short whirrrr!

Then, I trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears.

cutting off excess fabric with pinking shears
Snnnnnip!

I turned my new reusable coffee cup sleeve right-side-out and was done!

diy reusable coffee cup sleeve turned right side out on cup
Ta Da!

But was the denim sleeve enough insulation to protect my delicate digits?

I had to find out!

I poured myself a hot cup of green tea…

hot tea in coffee cup
Look closely, and you can see the steam!

…and grabbed it!

diy reusable coffee cup sleeve after
Huzzah! My hand is happy!

I love my new coffee cup sleeve!

diy reusable coffee cup sleeve after with refashionista smiling
It works great!

It works great, and I think it really elevates the overall look of my very (very) cheap-looking coffee cup!

diy reusable coffee cup sleeve on rail
Doesn’t the acid wash denim look neat?

My current plan is to make another reusable sleeve from the other leg, and keep it in my car’s glove box so I have one on hand for when I get coffees to go!

diy reusable coffee cup sleeve with Jillian
“Sleeve” it to me to come up with a super frugal upcycle! 😉

Cheers!

DIY Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve (from a Cut-Off Jeans Leg!) before and after
Yield: 1 Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve

DIY Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve (from a Cut-Off Jeans Leg!)

diy reusable coffee cup sleeve after

Learn how to make a DIY Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve from a cut-off leg from a pair of jeans in this easy upcycle tutorial by the Refashionista.

This tutorial works great for to-go cups, both reusable and single-use. It's a great way to use up scraps after shortening a pair of jeans.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Cut-off bottom legs from a pair of jeans (great for leftover scraps after shortening a pair of jeans)
  • Thread

Tools

Instructions

    1. Turn leftover jeans leg scraps inside-out, turn the frayed edge over, and press it down with iron. ironing raw edge over
    2. Secure fold with sewing clips. clipped top of sleeve
    3. Stitch the fold down using a zigzag stitch to keep it from fraying.close up of zigzag stitch
    4. With your coffee sleeve still turned inside-out, "Fit" it to your coffee cup using my sewing clips.fitting sleeve to coffee cup
    5. Remove the clipped sleeve from your cup and stitch each side of the sleeve down.sewing down side of coffee cup sleeve
    6. Trim off excess fabric from each side with pinking shears. cutting off excess fabric with pinking shears
    7. Turn your sleeve right side out and enjoy! diy reusable coffee cup sleeve turned right side out on cup
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