I’ve been working away in my studio the last two days on a new line of coffee sleeves – here’s a sneak peek on the process!
Like all my coffee sleeves, these started with a piece of fabric I just love – in this case a fabulous sock monkey print on a soft aqua background. There are six or so different monkeys on it, so you can expect to see a lot of different versions of this coffee sleeve.
I thought they looked just perfect with red, so the first step is to fuse each medallion onto a nice, polka-dotted red background strip to form the middle of each sleeve.
Then the harder question – what to use as a background? I’ve been loving this faux bois (woodgrain) cotton for a while and haven’t used it very much, except for the inside lining of some zip pouches, and I like the way brown looks with the monkey medallions so I decided to try it out. Very nice, I think! Here’s one waiting to be sewn together…
Yes, he’s pinned through the eyes, and I do realize that’s cruel, but with the interfacing behind it I didn’t want to leave visible marks elsewhere on it!
And after several more steps, they’re all finished up with their cozy red fleece backgrounds attached and a nice Bellflower Textiles label, just ready to be individually fitted to a coffee cup and hand sewn closed in the back.
They look happy, don’t you think?
And a couple of the finished products, now available in the shop! You can click on the pictures to go directly to the listing for these two fine fellows.
First, Our friend from above, in blue… he’s natty and very proud of his hat.
And one of his friends, in pink, sporting a jaunty birthday hat.
You can expect to see some of their friends showing up too over the next few days!