Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer of Sewing: Create Your Own Coffee Sleeve

Welcome back to our Summer of Sewing tutorials here at Inspired by Fabric! 

We'll be featuring regular tutorials as part of our Summer of Sewing series, all using our newest fabric lines that you can find at your local quilt shop! Our tutorials will include a chance to win a bundle of the fabric line being used, so make sure to enter each time!


Our solids are so silky and soft, and the colors so vibrant, that we can't resist showing them off again! This week we've created a jewel-tone palette from the Painter's Palette Solids collection that we're calling Fun in the Sun and used them to create a one-of-a-kind coffee sleeve. What makes it one of a kind? The quilting, of course! 



Our "Fun in the Sun" palette: Five brights plus a dark gray. 
Let's get started!
You'll Need:
1/8 yard each of five brights (Purple, Pencil Yellow, Lapis, Sangria and Turquoise)
1/4 yard of Grey
6" x 13" piece of batting
1 button
3" of narrow elastic
Fabric marking pen

Cutting:
From each of the brights:
Cut one 1-3/4" x 42" strip

From the grey:
Cut one 5" x 12" piece for backing
Cut one 1" x 42" strip


Make the Coffee Sleeve:
Note: Download the sleeve template here and print out. 
1. Trace the sleeve shape onto batting. Note that the template is for half the sleeve--you'll need to trace it onto a folded piece of paper to create the entire sleeve shape. 
2. Press the 1" x 42" grey strip in half lengthwise to create a flange. 
3. Mark a diagonal line on the batting for aligning your first strips. This line shouldn't be parallel to the sleeve edge. 

4. Lay your first strip along the marked line, making sure it covers the left edge of the sleeve. Lay the grey flange strip on top, matching raw edges. Trim excess from both strips, ensuring you've left enough to cover the sleeve shape. 

5. Pin the second colored strip on top, matching raw edges, and trim excess. The flange will be sandwiched between the two colored strips. 

6. Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance and press the colored strip open. The flange will rest along the first strip. 

7. In the same way, add another flange strip and another colored strip, making sure to completely cover the sleeve shape from top to bottom. 



8. Continue adding strips and flanges until the entire sleeve is covered.

9. Lay the paper template on top and adjust as needed. Trace around the template shape again. 


10. Quilt the coffee sleeve as desired. We quilted different designs in each colored section to add texture and interest. Note: You'll only need to quilt to the edge of the marked sleeve. The rest will be trimmed in the next step. 


11. Trim approximately 1/4" past the template edge. 


12. Trace this shape onto the remaining dark gray fabric and cut out. Layer the grey backing right sides together with the sleeve front. 
13. Fold the elastic piece in half and pin the raw edges to one short edge of the sleeve, so the loop faces inward. The elastic should be sandwiched between the right sides of the sleeve and backing. Stitch across the elastic several times to secure. 
14. Stitch around the edge of the sleeve using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave an opening along the short end opposite the elastic for turning. 
15. Trim corners, turn right side out, and press. Topstitch 1/4" from the outer edge, which will also close the opening. 
16. Handstitch the button in place opposite the elastic. 


Enjoy your coffee and your beautiful new sleeve!



Click here to see all 84 of the Painter's Palette Solids colors.
For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of our Fun in the Sun palette, make sure you follow us on the blog (options are in the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment letting us know you do, as well as telling us what quilting design you'd use on your coffee sleeve. Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 17th at 11:59 pm CST. We'll randomly draw a winner and announce it on the blog next week. Make sure we have a way to get in touch with you if you are selected as the winner!  

Congratulations to the winner of the red, white and blue bundle: Denny1600
We'll contact you for your mailing information! 

41 comments:

  1. I love having different quilting designs in each color;I'd probably be sure to include a section of hearts.

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  2. I would probably do straight quilting lines about 1/4in apart. I follow with GFC.

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  3. I follow by email. Love the mug sleeve.

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  4. I follow by email. I would probably use straight lines in my mug sleeve.

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  5. Cute. I'm practicing feathers, so I do that as often as possible. I follow by email.

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  6. I follow by email and am really enjoying the Summer of Sewing series! This is a super cute project with a great tutorial. I would attempt to free motion quilt a variety of flowers in each section. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

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  7. I follow by email. This project looks like a great extra to include in a swap I am working on right now! I think I will include varied free motion quilting. My favorite quilting design is parallel loops.

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  8. Pretty nice project and the quilting is an eye candy.I handquilting and use stencils and in this project love the buble.
    I do follow the blog by email.

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  9. Love the addition of the flange. I would also quilt a variety of designs, pebbles, wavy or serpentine lines, perhaps some paisleys, whatever the mood strikes me at the time. I follow by email and Facebook.

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  10. I follow by email and have made three sleeves so far. One quilted to match the pattern on the fabric, one with straight stitches about 1 cm apart, and one curvy freestylin'.

    A fun and environmentally sensitive project. Once you have your custom sleeve, you will never mistake your coffee for someone elses'!

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  11. I am a loyal follower via e-mail. :) Prob would do the easy lines would be best for me.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  12. I follow by email. Although I haven't yet ventured outside my comfort zone of straight line quilting, this may be the time to try something more adventurous!
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  13. I already follow thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! :D

    I would quilt the lil bubbles, like the light blue strip you made...or lil' Hearts maybe.

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  14. I have a new sewing machine with lots of fancy stitches I haven't tried yet. Something small like a coffee sleeve would be a perfect place to experiment. I follow via GFC.

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  15. I follow the blog via email. I would probably do straight and squiggly lines.

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  16. I have made some cup Cozies and like to hand quilt swirls as a quilt design.

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  17. I follow by email. I would do hearts, pebbles, leaves, swirls and I like the straight lines also.

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  18. I follow by email. I would do hearts, pebbles, leaves, swirls and I like the straight lines also.

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  19. I'm an email follower, I love the pebble quilting.

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  20. I follow you via Bloglovin', and I'd quilt with circles

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  21. I follow this blog by email.
    my email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  22. I would quilt my coffee sleeve with circles and stars.
    my email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  23. I follow this blog by email. I would quilt each section differently and I would definitely include swirls.

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  24. I would have to quilt this by meandering, which is the only free style quilting I have mastered!!

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  25. I follow this blog by email, and I would quilt each section differently. lkedwards55 at yahoo.com

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  26. Following your blog by email, thank you.
    Spiral quilting for mine, practicing right now on a Coffee mug block that is paper pieced.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I follow your blog via BLoglovin. And I would quilt it using parallel diagonal lines.

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  28. I follow via email and would use an organic diagonal line quilting pattern. I am learning to accept my imperfections so a small project is a good place to start. thank you!

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  29. I follow via email. Love this project, will be making one soon. I would quilt it with several different motifs on each fabric. Thanks. Diane

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  30. I follow via an RSS feed... I would do a different design on each section - great project to practice my quilting skills on... bubbles, feathers, puzzle pieces, bricks... Great project.

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  31. I follow on Bloglovin. If I could do free motion quilting at all I would quilt a swirly motif up each of the different colored stripes. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  32. I follow by email. I'd use a checkboard pattern for my sleeve in bright summer colours.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  33. I follow you on bloglovin and love the solid colors

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  34. What a cute pattern!! I would like to try a few out - maybe hearts first!

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  35. I follow via bloglovin. I'd try different pattern in the different colors. This is a nice little project to try new things

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  36. I need to make a variation of this for cold drinks. Like the stitch and flip approach.

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  37. Love the beautiful colors and the free coffee sleeve pattern-thanks! I would use alternate straight lines and meander lines to quilt. I follow by email.

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  38. Whoo hoo! I'm a winner! Thank you!!

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