Repurposed Necktie Coffee Cup Sleeves

Repurposed Necktie Coffee Cup Sleeves

So, ya’ll wouldn’t mind if I did another necktie project, would you? I know I’ve made wine bottle gift bags… and fun front door wreathes… but this little project is perfect for Autumn. With Pumpkin Spice Lattes back in our greedy little hands, I decided to put thrifted neckties to good use once again. This time, I set out to make a perfect low-sew project: DIY coffee sleeves!

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I started off with this cute polka-dot tie from the thrift store- it was in perfect condition, was 100% silk, and had a fun pattern for this project.

Thrift store necktie to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

A fun tie to play around with…

Based on the average coffee to-go cup, I measured out 13 inches in from the wide end and cut off the rest.

Repurposing a thrift store necktie tie into a DIY coffee cup sleeve by Sadie Seasongoods /

Getting ready to make a coffee cup sleeve…

NOW (Update) – At this point, I should have slid an insert of Insul-bright (or other similar thermal product) inside the silk before the following steps. I apologize for that oversight and for the lack of photos showing this. But for overall comfort and safety, I highly recommending adding in this step. 

At the freshly-cut (straight) end, I snipped off another ½” of the inner core of the tie (i.e., not the silk). Then I folded the silk ends over and stitched across- nothing fancy, just to close it up.


Creating a DIY coffee cup sleeve from an old silk tie by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hem by hand or machine…

I stitched on a couple of inches of Velcro to each side of the cozy: about two inches of “loops” (Velcro’s softer half) to the FRONT of the narrower straight edge side, and about two inches of “hooks” (Velcro’s scratchier half) to the BACK of the wider, pointy edge side.

Adding Velcro to handmade repurposed necktie coffee cup sleeves by Sadie Sesaongoods /

One set of Velcro on the inside of the pointy end…

Adding Velcro to handmade repurposed necktie coffee cup sleeves by Sadie Sesaongoods /

…and corresponding Velcro to the outside of the narrow end…

To give it a little more panache and to hide some of the stitches for the Velcro, I gave my coffee sleeves a little button love- just for decoration and not for functional use. And then I was done- ta da! Perfect little coffee cup cozies…

DIY repurposed coffee sleeves from upcycled thrift store necktie ties by Sadie Seasongoods /

With vintage buttons for added panache!

Just plain adorable!

DIY repurposed coffee sleeves from upcycled thrift store necktie ties by Sadie Seasongoods /

How fun is that?

I just love these coffee cup sleeves- and they make the perfect gift, as well.DIY repurposed coffee sleeves from upcycled thrift store necktie ties by Sadie Seasongoods /

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  1. These are really cute! Good use of an old tie 😉

  2. What do you do about cleaning the neckties beforehand? There have been many articles and news stories on TV about how many germs neckties carry.

    • That’s a good question, Peggy- I’m very picky about the ties I purchase and avoid any with obvious stains or odors. A lot of vintage ties are polyester or acetate, and those can be handwashed in cold water with gentle detergent. However, most silk ties are DCO and I adhere to that recommendation.

  3. That is so cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

  4. these upcycled necktie coffee cozies are awesome! love them Sarah!

  5. What a cute and fun way to re-purpose neckties, and as an added bonus, protecting your hands from a hot cup. With the hot drink season quickly approaching, this will come in handy! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Party in Your PJs….it is so great to have you with us each week.

  6. So cute! These would make a great fathers Day gift. So glad to find you on Party in your PJ’s!

  7. How cute! I might have to make one for my step-father!

  8. What a great idea and way to repurpose some of those ugly old ties lol!

  9. Such a cute thrifted DIY – thanks for sharing this week at the #WWDParty.

  10. What a great idea! These would be great for my hubby who loves his coffee!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  11. really cute!

  12. Very cute! Another awesome recycle. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  13. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  14. This is too cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  15. The Domestic Curator says

    I adore this clever craft! Pinning – coming to you from TBT!

  16. Adorable…easy project! Will be looking for ties at Care Help on Friday. Sending a Kajun hug and a cyber latte yout way!

  17. Another great upcycled craft project Sarah! You do them so well 🙂 And if you every find someone buying I will totally take a pumpkin spice latte! Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party!

  18. Love this idea!

  19. Hi Sadie, Your post is being featured tomorrow @DearCreatives Inspiration Spotlight party! Drop by to see your feature and grab a button. PS. Don’t forget to have a great weekend and link up again tomorrow or anytime 😉

  20. This is just the cutest thing ive seen today!!! how adorable! Would be perfect for fathers day breakfast too. Thanks for sharing. Come visit sometime.!

  21. These are so cute! Great small gift idea!

  22. Thank you so much for attending week 3 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. These necktie coffee cozies are such a great idea! They look really cute.
    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight . Have a great day!

  23. Super cute and functional! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick®

  24. This is such a cute idea (and a great way to use those old ties!) Any coffee drinker would get good use out of this!

  25. Such a cute idea! This is the perfect way to repurpose old ties, and I love the added button!

  26. Very cute idea! I love seeing projects made out of things that are easy to pick up at thrift stores. This is a unique twist on something to do with a tie!

  27. These totally make me smile!! So cute!!

  28. Barbara Booth says

    Love the wine covers and decided to give them a try for Christmas gifts with a bottle of wine included. But I do have one son who is a Beer drinker so I might give this cozy a little tweeking and see if I can get it to fit around a Beer Can for him. When my Dad passed away he left some great neck ties and cuff links so instead of buttons thought I might try adding the cuff links instead. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  29. can I order online ?


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