DIY Upcycled Cup Sleeve

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I’m not a coffee drinker but I’d have to be totally oblivious to have not noticed that most of the world does drink coffee.  A couple of months ago I picked up a cute pink sweater on clearance at the thrift store (there’s not a big demand for sweaters in July).  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make with the sweater until a recent trip past a local coffee shop and then I knew.  I made this adorable, and embarrassingly easy, DIY upcycled cup sleeve that would be perfect for a gift idea any coffee lover.  It’s also the perfect gift this month in honor of breast cancer awareness.DIY Cup Sleeve - Organized 31

DIY Upcycled Cup Sleeve

The perfect gift idea for:

  • Teacher
  • Neighbor
  • Coworker
  • Friend
  • Random Act of Kindness Gift
  • Stocking Stuffer
  • Any coffee lover

It all started with this clearance sweater at a local thrift store.  Since no one was looking for girls’ sweaters in July, I didn’t feel guilty buying it to repurpose.  I particularly  liked the cable pattern on the sweater and on the sleeves.DIY Cup Sleeve - Organized 31

As soon as I realized I wanted to make DIY cup sleeves from this sweater, it took me about 3 minutes to make each sleeve (really!).  I wanted the cuff folded down, so I started by doing that. Then I simply laid a cup on top of the sleeve and cut the sleeve about an inch longer than the cup.  DIY Cup Sleeve - Organized 31

I choose to just tuck the cut edge of the sweater under.  If you’re going to give these as a gift, you’d want to take an extra 5 minutes and use fabric glue to glue this edge in place.DIY Cup Sleeve - Organized 31

You could embellish the cup sleeve with buttons, ribbon, rhinestones or whatever you like.  Me, I’m a simple girl, so I let the cable pattern on the sleeve do the embellishing.DIY Cup Sleeve - Organized 31

This DIY cup sleeve almost makes me want to start drinking coffee.  Nah, but I’m still charmed by them.  Pair this cozy DIY upcycled cup sleeve with a coffee gift card or a fancy bag of coffee, and voila, a great gift idea.DIY Cup Sleeve - Organized 31

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  2. Hi Susan – I have some left over pieces of sweater. No sewing… I could totally make this. Thanks for keeping it simple! And thanks for supporting the cause! Hugs, Holly

    1. Susan_
      Thank you so much for sharing this fabulously easy way to repurpose any old/worn-out/etc. sweaters and other types of clothing for that matter! Also could be made available for supporting good causes! šŸ™‚ I will definitely be making @ least one of these…if not many more for holiday gifts, more. I will b sure to post a picture of it when I am done!

      1. Annesley, I’d love to see your spin on this project when you’re done. Think of how many old sweaters we can repurpose together! šŸ™‚

  3. Great idea! I will definitely have to make some of these for my hot drinks this fall! I found you at the Creativity Unleashed party.

    1. Shelly, thanks. They’re super easy to make. I’m going to be looking for more sweaters so I can make more, too.

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