Monday, December 13, 2010

a quick gift set for the bookworm in your life

Need a quick, easy-sew gift for a book lover or student in your life?  Make this coffee cup sleeve.  Add it to the pen holder/bookmark, a coffee shop gift card and a good book to make The Bookworm Set!

Here's a super quick tutorial for the coffee cup sleeve part of this gift set.

Here's what you need:
• 1 disposable coffee cup sleeve from your local coffee shop
• 2 – 11 x 4 inch rectangles of fabric
• 1 – 11 x 4 rectangle of insulated fleece
• 1 button
• 1 hair elastic

Here's what you do:
1) Open up disposable coffee cup sleeve and flatten on to wrong side of fabric. Pin. Trace sleeve adding about ¼ of an inch around the traced sleeve. Cut fabric and insulated fleece using this shape.

2) Sew button about one inch from the side edge of the fabric that will be the outside of the sleeve.

3) Place the two 11 x 4 inch rectangles of fabric right sides together. Sandwich the elastic ban between these two pieces on the opposite end of the button. Then place insulated fleece on one of the wrongs sides of fabric. Pin. Sew around leaving a turning hole. Clip rounded edges. Turn. Iron.

4) Fold in the edges of the turning hole and top stitch around the sleeve.


Use your computer to make a coupon or hand stamp one for two hours of uninterrupted reading if this gift if for your husband or a friend with kids that you could watch for a few hours. And/or grab a free drink card from your local coffee shop to include with this gift set.

Craft on!

**Have you checked out the DIY Life eZine yet?  Do it!  This set was first printed in this season's issue, and it is chocked full of other holiday ideas.

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Angee @ October Morning said...

So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

I have this set on my to-do list for my daughter - but I love the addition of the coffee cozy. She'd love that paired with a Starbucks card! Thanks for being a genious Elizabeth! :)

gilchrist said...

Such a cute idea. LOVE IT!! Just one question. Where did you get that fabric? I have been looking everywhere for a cute argyle and that is perfect. :)

Jocelyn Christensen said...

This is so stinking adorable.

Elizabeth said...

So fun! Love that you did a matching bookmark. My book reading coffee drinking husband would have loved this for Christmas! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. I host every week. I am leaving the party open longer this week so that people can link up multiple projects if they wish to. Hope to see you there!

Sexier You said...

Wow! You're so amazing!thamks for this tutorial. I've been looking for gift sets for my bookworm friends.

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