Quick Metro Cafe coffee cozies [tutorial]


Coffee might be just the thing to get you going in the morning, but a cute coffee cozy will make it even better! This is a quick and easy project that can you can make to personalize your own coffee cup or sew up a handful of them for simple gifts, perfect for any coffee lover.

Supplies needed: 

  • Metro Cafe fabric scrap, at least 5" x 11" 
  • Linen fabric scrap, at least 5" x 11" 
  • batting scrap, at least 5" x 11"
  • Covered button using linen
  • Hair band cut in half 
  • Coordinating thread
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Make your own pattern using a coffee sleeve, available everywhere you can buy coffee. Simply cut one side open and lay flat on a sheet of copy paper.

Trace around the sleeve, adding 1/4" seam allowances to either end. I wanted my cozy to be a little wider than the sleeve so I added a half inch to both top and bottom. [1] 

Using your freshly made pattern, cut one each of Metro Cafe, linen and batting.  Make your covered button while you're at it, or choose a ready-made shank button. [2]  

Mark midpoint on one end of outer cozy fabric with a pin. Fold hairband in half with cut ends together and place on right side of fabric, aligning hairband ends with pin. Stitch in place to form a loop. Back-stitch to secure.

Layer fabrics with right side together, then batting on the outside and stitch a 1/4" seam around the cozy, leaving a two-inch gap at the bottom.

Trim the batting away from the seam allowance and clip corners, then turn right side out through gap. [3]

Carefully push out corners, press well, tucking in the seam allowances at the gap. Top-stitch all the way around. Sew your button about an inch in from the end midpoint, see photo.[4]

Slide it around your favorite cup of joe and enjoy your handiwork!


Metro Cafe was designed by Laurie Wisbrun and is available in two color stories: grey/red and tan/green. It is available at fine quilt fabric retailers now.