cuddle coffee sleeve gift card holder {tutorial & giveaway}

This giveaway is now closed, winner is Mary on Lake Pulaski!

Coffe Sleeve

To most people, Valentine’s is synonymous with chocolate. While I love chocolate, I really enjoy a good cup of coffee, especially with a friend. So, I thought a perfect, simple little gift would be a coffee sleeve that doubles as a gift card holder.


This project is now available as a PDF download as part of the Pellon Project Artist program.

cutting sizes 1

You will need:

  • Coffee sleeve pattern
  • 1 Fat Eighth Fabric, Cut into:
    • 1 – Coffee sleeve pattern
      • Cut out with the printed lines facing down
    • 1 – 2″ x 12 1/2″ strip
    • 1 – 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle
  • 1 – 4 1/2″ x 15″ Shannon cuddle fabric
  • 1 – 4 1/2″ x 11″ Pellon® Insul-Fleece 975
  • 1 – 4 1/2″ x 11″ Pellon® Wonder Under® 805R
  • 1 – 5/8″ Half Ball Cover Button, Size 24
  • 3″ – 1/4″ Elastic

Note: Read all directions before beginning. All seam allowances 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

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Draw a line down the middle of the cuddle. Then, set your sewing machine to a large stitch length, leave a long tail of thread, and sew 1/4″ on either side of the line. Pull one of the threads to gather the cuddle to approximately 11″. Set aside.

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Use the 2″ x 12 1/2″ strip and sew, right sides together, long ways, back stitching at the beginning and end. Turn right side out {I used my handy little loop turner!}. Press flat with seam in center.

Carefully pin the fabric band to gathered cuddle piece, covering the stitching lines and distributing gathers evenly. Stitch in place close to the edge of the band. Set aside.

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Trace the gray line from the coffee sleeve pattern onto the paper side of the Wonder Under®. Place the Wonder Under® on the shiny side of the Insul-Fleece®, cover with a press cloth, and fuse in place. Peel up some of the paper backing of the Wonder Under®, because of the fuzziness of the Insul-fleece, it will be much easier to get a start on the paper before trimming. Then, trim the Insul-fleece® to the traced line. Fuse to the wrong side of the fabric sleeve, leaving an even edge all the way around the fleece.  Set aside.

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Take the 4 1/2″ x 2″ piece and fold 1/4″ toward the wrong side on each edge. Top stitch one edge in place.  Place the pocket piece, right side up, on the right side of the fabric coffee sleeve, 3/4″ from the top edge.  Stitch on the remaining three sides to create a gift card pocket.

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Place the fabric side of the sleeve right sides together with the cuddle sleeve.  Sew around the raw edge, leaving an opening on the straight edge for turning.  Make sure to stitch around all of the corners, even on the straight edge, so that they will be easy to turn.  Note that you do not sew on the fused Insul-Fleece®.  Trim the cuddle to the same dimensions as the fabric sleeve, and trim corners near, but not into, the stitching.  Turn right side out and press.

Coffe Sleeve-007Follow the manufacturer’s directions to cover the button.  Fold the elastic into a loop and tuck inside the opening along with the raw edges of fabric and stitch closed.  Hand sew the button onto the other side of the band, and you’re done!

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Just insert a gift card into the pocket, and then fold up. Kind of like its own little fur coat!

coffee sleeve finished

Now for the giveaway, we’d love to hear about a small gift that you’ve received that has meant a lot, so leave a single comment on this post by 12am, February 14th, and we’ll pick a winner to get this coffee sleeve, a $15 gift card to Starbucks, and maybe a little something else too {note: if you do not live near or drink Starbucks, you can still win and we’ll replace the card with a little something else!}.

We are not affiliated with Starbucks in anyway, we just enjoy their coffee and excited to share some of it with you!

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  1. says

    This is absolutely the cutest Jennie. I would feel so special using it with my Chai Latte from Starbucks.
    The little gift that I received that meant a lot was a poster from my daughter on my fifitieth birthday listing fifty reasons she loved me! I still have it!
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  2. says

    What a sweet cozy cup holder! Using the soft fabrics is a great idea.
    Best little gift ever~ when hubby and I were first married we had very little moola so for my birthday he found a little compact with mirrors in it~ still have it, love it and love him! :-)
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  3. Hueisei says

    Very cute. I like little gift. The best one is from my best friend. A tiny teddy bear chain for handphone. I still carry it.

  4. Gill says

    So cute!!
    A friend recently gave me a single Melody Miller ‘ typewriter’ !! I’d been looking for this line for ages!

  5. Tamie says

    Jennie, the cup holder is precious, I may have to give it a try soon. Something special….my mom gave me a tiny gold angel pin to watch over and protect me back when I first joined the Army….I guess that little Angel has been doing her job, I am still here! <3

  6. Kay says

    My favourite tiniest present is my engagement ring, it showed the world that someone loves me. If we are talking just lovely small gifts it is a padded heart that my son made me at school when he was 10. I still have it hung in my bedroom.

  7. says

    I love the gathered coffee cozie! The best handmade small gift I received was a holder for tea bags. I can fit 3 tea bags, and a packet of sugar. It folds up and ties so it is really compact. Love to take it with me on trips.
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  8. Cecilia says

    My special gift is a page from an old coloring book of a doll that my oldest daughter colored for me as a Mother’s Day gift when she was young. I framed the picture and hung it in her old bedroom. Your sleeve is cute, I don’t drink coffee, but I do enjoy hot chocolate and hot tea. Thanks for the chance to win such a cute gift.

  9. Bobbie BentNeedle says

    I absolutely adore this coffee cozy… and my most favoritest-ever little giftee is a needlebook made for me by an online friend who lives in Alaska – has the name of our on-line quilty group embroidered on it and 4 pages of felt inside… And I think of her every time I get a needle out, put it back, or tie the book closed. Hmmmm I think I ought to make a pair of these coffee cozies, so we can “have coffee” together.

  10. Linda says

    Hello! One little fabric heart necklace given to me by a friend long ago was and is so special as a Valentine Gift!

  11. says

    On the first Christmas I ever spent away from my family I recieved a small pocket knife from my dad. He had given me the package before I left home and told me to save it for Christmas morning….which I did. It was so sweet of him to think to do that for me. (Mom was usually the gift giver.). For years I carried that knife in my lunch box to cut apples with. He knew I needed it. We worked in the same office and I was forever steeling his!
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  12. says

    I would have to say that my fav handmade gift was a beautiful patchwork tote that is embroidered “I live to quilt” lovingly made by a sewing friend of mine. I love to load it up with my sewing supplies and such when I go to classes and retreats.
    Love the cozy you made out of plusie too.
    Happy Valentine’s Day too.

  13. says

    What a sweet project! My favorite small gift was actually given to me more than once. When my sons were small, their nursery school teachers had them plant a flower seed in a paper cup. The children watched their flowers start to grow, and then they brought them home for Mother’s Day. So many sweet lessons were learned in those days!

  14. Christine Sherman says

    When my granddaughter was here last, she cut out and colored a pair of scissors for me. It really touched me, they still are pinned up by my sewing machine !

  15. says

    We hadn’t been married very long, but my hubby knew that seeing the Lipizzaner Stallions was a lifelong dream of mine, and when my 40th birthday rolled around, I opened the card he gave me, and two FRONT ROW tickets fell out. I cried then, and when the show came around, I cried the whole way through. I just couldn’t believe that someone loved me enough to make my dream come true. The stallions were so close I could feel their breath and smell their sweat. I could have touched them if I wasn’t so awestruck. I cry now, just thinking about how much he loved me (and surprisingly, still does!).

    This is a cute little cuddly project – I am making a Cuddle Quilt right now for a little boy with autism – I’m sure he’ll just love the texture of the Cuddle bricks.
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  16. Missy says

    A few years ago, I was feeling very lonely and one of my best friends sent me a keychain that she had made for me with half of a quote from one of my favorite book series on it. She has the other half of the quote. I still have it on my key ring and it helps me to remember that even when you can’t see them, your friends are always there. The cup cozy is adorable!

  17. Jen R says

    My husband gave me a 1st edition copy of Anne of Green Gables for our 1st anniversary because he knew I loved that book.

  18. Amy says

    This coffee cozy is the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages. Just love the colors, fabric, and that little extra ‘style’ from the ruffle effect. One of the best gifts I ever received was at the end of my first year of teaching. A mom presented me with a copy of a letter she wrote to my principal praising my teaching and how I’d impacted her son that year. Nothing but words and paper, but it meant so much to me. I still have it 12 years later.

  19. says

    that is super cute. such a great idea for those that love Starbucks/coffee. I do!
    great tutorial.
    I have gotten a lot of really cute small gifts from bloggers friends. One I especially like is a 12″ whole cloth quilt. (machine quilted)
    thanks for a chance to win your giveaway
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  20. says

    Every time I have a special occasion kind of day, my sister-in-law buys me these Oreo cupcakes from the local grocery store because she knows I love them and never get them for myself! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  21. Lori Smanski says

    This is the cutest. Thanks for the tutorial. No we dont go to Starbucks. Thanks for a chance to win.

  22. Michele Timms says

    Such a sweet and thoughtful gift! My most precious gift was given to me by my daughter when she was 9 years old… she hand-stitched a surprise coaster in her closet for me for a Christmas present! It was such a touching moment that I was unable to speak and she thought that I didn’t like it! It is a cherised treasure!

  23. says

    Adorable and creative gift idea! I have received many precious handmade gifts – but recently, I received a small (7″ H) wooden chest that my friend stained…then she cross stitched a piece that she mounted on the top – she even put goodies in the drawers (some vintage laces, trims, and buttons)….this heartfelt gift touched me deeply.

  24. says

    Cute cup cozy!! That is my favorite Marmelade print and I can not resist anything with a handmade button. About 8 years or so ago I was having a terrible time with cracked cuticles and dry hands. My husband brought home this stuff called Invisible Glove to protect my hands. I thought that was so sweet and thoughtful and have never forgotten. It’s things like that that really tell me how much my husband loves me!! Happy weekend and thank you for the tutorial!

  25. says

    Hi there, Ohhh I love giving and getting little gifts, they make my heart skip with joy! My favourite one I got is a hand drawn picture that my brother made for me when he was about 5 (He’s 9 now, there is a huge age gap between us!), the reason its so special is because its the first time he understood that I have a pain condition and he wanted to make me better. It made me smile from ear to ear, he drew me a picture of sponge bob.

    Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  26. Marty Askins says

    I just love the cute cozy cup. I don’t drink coffee, but I still love the project. The best small thing that was given to me was a small pincushion that my oldest son gave to me when he was in kindergarten. It only lasted six months, but it was well loved. Thank you for the chance to win.

  27. says

    What a great coffee cozy! I think the small gift that has meant so much to me was a small set of pincushions a friend sent me for Christmas. They just brighten up my sewing space so well and she just knew my colors so well. It was a wonderful surprise.
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  28. Laura says

    I was given a quilt square from my husbands grandma. It is a single Dresden plate square and was one of the very first quilt squares she ever made. It is all hand stitched by her. Since I love to quilt it was a very special gift and is now framed and hanging on my livingroom wall.

  29. Dortha says

    My best little handmade gift is a small cedar chest my great grandfather made me. My great grandmother could hardly wait to give it to me. I still have it all these years later. Love your project.

  30. says

    My dearest friend (who recently moved 2 whopping states away) made a beautiful card and sent it to me, with a really sweet note. It meant so much to me and boy do I miss her!!!! :) She’s going to come visit soon, so I’m thinking we should go get some Starbucks!!!

  31. usairdoll says

    What a cute coffee sleeve! Thank you for the tutorial and great photos. Note to self, a great idea for my quilting group, hehe. I remember my first online swap and the gorgeous mini I recieved. It was so neat that someone I hadn’t met made something so special and beautiful just for me. The mini brightens my sewing room.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  32. Brandie says

    I received one of those hand stamped clay tags on a gift years ago from my mom. The name on the tag was my nickname that I’ve had since I was itty bitty, and it just meant so much. It also had a shall pressed into it (I’m a beach lover). It was the best gift that Christmas (and it was just supposed to be a gift tag on twine!). It hangs around my car mirror now, and probably always will!:)

  33. stacey says

    i love this!!!! so sweet :)

    i’m hard pressed to decide what is the best little gift because i have been blessed to receive many that mean so much in different ways. i guess i would choose the RCAF pin that my uncle gave me to wear on my wal-mart manager’s badge before i moved across the country and waaaaaay north. (it was his when he was in the Service).

  34. Dee says

    I had seen a sewing themed notebook in a magazine and told my daughter about it. She made me one like it, even ordering a vintage pattern so she could use it for the cover. Everything in it is hand made – she even did the binding. (She is an Art Director) It meant so much to me that she took the time and effort to make something so special for me. I have it in my sewing room and will always treasure it.

    Love this tutorial and I will be making some! Thank you.

  35. Cheryl Utz says

    Very cute! I love the holder! The gift that means a lot to me is an angel holding my birthstone my husband gave me when we first met in person! We met online first then when we met in person he had an angel and flowers for me! It was really sweet! Although I’m not really a flower person LOL We’ve been married for almost 11 years and still going strong!

  36. says

    I was wearing a jacket that I had embellished with embroidery and wore to class. I knew it wasn’t completely finished and we talked about it in class about different options. It was really cool to hear what everyone thought about the project! Two ladies came up the next day with a small bag of fancy dragonfly and ladybug buttons and told me how my class had sparked such a conversation in their group the night before that they all went out on a mission to find the perfect add on to my jacket. They said they were up talking til 2am about embellishment. That was cool and so thoughtful for them to not only give me the gift of the buttons but to give me a bigger gift of their warm comments. Yes I think of them each time I wear the jacket with their added thoughtfulness! Love this project and am stitching up one now as I type!

  37. Bonnie Pfrimmer says

    I love the colors you choose to make that. So soft and sexy and you make it look so easy. Thanks for the chance to win….

  38. Anida Inman says

    I love, love, love this!! The most special little gift I got was the very 1st Valentine card I got from my hubby. We had just started dating and he turned 10 shades of red because he was so nervous. <3

  39. says

    My husband and I were vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine. We were sitting on rocks by the ocean, my husband reached down and placed a rock in my hand. I opened my hand and looked at the rock. it was in the shape of a heart. I still have it, that was almost 40 years ago. It was a special, quiet moment I will never forget.