Do it yourself tea cup sleeve + template

do it yourself homemade holiday


Today’s post is a homemade holiday do it yourself tea cup sleeve + template.  So easy and fun!  The weather is getting gradually cooler here in the mid-west reminding us that full-fledged winter is just around the corner, and that means it is almost hot chocolate season! (or hot tea, or cider…)

Whatever warm drink you prefer, it will most definitely taste better with a properly adorned mug. Cue in this week’s do it yourself project: a polka dot tea cup sleeve.

craft supplies


  • 3 colors felt
  • scarp yarn – about a 10” piece
  • a button
  • thread


  • Sleeve Template
  • Scissors
  • A quarter
  • Pen
  • Needle
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tapestry needle

Because I like to make things easy for all you crafters out there, I made a simple tea-cup-sleeve for the basic shape of the sleeve. So the first step is to download and print out the template at full size.

Home made DIY tea cup template

If you are making this sleeve for a specific tea cup, cut out the template and wrap the paper around the mug to make sure you don’t need to make it any shorter or longer. Once you have the length figured out, cut it out of the felt.

do it yourself teacup sleeve felt

I made the polka dots by tracing a quarter and cutting out those circles.

tea cup sleeve DIY

For a little extra flair, top stitch close to the edge, about ¼”, on your main piece of felt. Make sure to use a contrasting color so it shows up!

do it yourself teacup sleeve
Lay out your dots on the sleeve and mark them with pen.

do it yourself teacup sleeve

Sew on the dots by starting at top of one circle and sew straight down to the bottom of the second. Do this for every row of dots.

do it yourself teacup sleeve

Sew on the button on one end and with the tapestry needle, pull the yarn through the other end. Tie both yarn ends with a knot to secure it.

do it yourself teacup sleeve

Wrap the yarn around the button a few times to secure the sleeve onto the cup. This way the sleeve will fit any tea cup or mug. If you are making this for a specific cup, you could also make a loop of yarn the right size to just slip over the button.

do it yourself

Enjoy the do it yourself tea cup sleeve for your own warm-drink-sipping or add a personal touch to holiday gifts for the coffee- or tea-lover in your life! Happy Crafting!

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  // A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing  buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy. //


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Andrea Howe :

    Super cute! Love it :)

  2. Martha_Mx :

    the pdf template dose not open :( can you repost it?? thanks :)

    • Allison :

      Martha, working on it now, thanks for letting me know!