I made my own cup sleeves. I made several of them, in several sizes. I got the idea from Martha (...she has good ideas). But Martha's cup sleeves are pink and have hearts. I was not ready for hearts and pink. Not first thing in the morning. So I made mine blue with a nice grey stars.
I'm happy. I like them. In some way, I feel that every time I use one I am helping the earth just a little. Just before I made these I got a call from an environmental organization. They called me to ask for more money to stop Starbucks from using so many disposable cups. I have to say, I didn't give them any money. I just don't know how they are going to stop Starbucks from using disposable cups. How would that work?
So, since I'm not helping fight the evil Starbucks (no, I don't think Starbucks is really evil at all), I figured I would help the environment in my own way.
So here's what I did.
I printed the template from Martha...
it did not help. I like a nice big cup of coffee in the morning. I had to make my own template.
I decided the best plan of action was to use a sleeve that I already knew would fit.
A Starbucks sleeve is a good size, but I wanted my sleeve to be wider.
I widened the sleeve with chalk on the felt.
*Here's a tip - fold the fabric in half before you cut. That way you will have an even width around the whole sleeve.
I used pinking sheers to get a nice zig-zag design (it also prevents fraying, not a huge problem with felt but good to do anyway).
I pinned the sleeve to the cup to get a nice fit, then sewed up the sleeve, trimmed the extra fabric. Now the basic sleeve is done. All I need is a little "bling."
I cut out a couple of grey stars. It kind of reminds me of a summer night with the fading light in the sky and the stars coming out.
I used fabric glue to attach the stars.
I'm happy. I really need to make some more. This is a great way to use up some of my left over felt. I'm thinking new colors and new shapes. I wish I had wool felt, that would be really cool. What colors and embellishments would you like?