How To Make a Cupholder

Things You'll Need

  • Notepaper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric
  • Lightweight batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Single-fold bias tape

How many times have you stopped by your favorite coffee shop for a coffee to go and you couldn't carry the cup because it was too hot to handle? You could use another coffee cup, but that creates a problem with the lid fitting correctly. You might wrap it in napkins, but they fall off every time you set your cup down. This simple cup holder is made using fabric and can easily be tossed in the washer when dirty. Make several of these easy cup holders and keep them in your coat pocket or purse so they are available for your daily coffee fix.

Measure and draw a 3-inch-wide-by-10-inch long rectangle on notepaper. Measure 3/4 inch in on each end of one long side of the rectangle and mark. Using the ruler as a straightedge, draw a line from the end of the unmarked long side to the mark on the other side. Repeat for the other end of the rectangle. The resulting shape is a trapezoid. Cut the shape out. This is the pattern for your cup holder.

Fold your chosen fabric into two layers. Pin the cup holder pattern to the fabric and cut out. Pin the pattern to a single layer of lightweight batting and cut out. Layer all three pieces. Place one fabric piece back-side up, the batting over the fabric and then the last fabric piece right-side up. Match the edges and pin.

Sew the layers on each long edge using a scant 1/4-inch seam allowance. Fold the layered trapezoid in half, matching the short ends. Pin the short ends together and sew, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Iron the seam open. Top stitch the length of each side of the seam to the body of the cup holder. Turn the cup holder to put the seam on the inside.

Cut a piece of single-fold bias tape 8 1/2 inches long and a piece 10 inches long. Fold the bias strips in half lengthwise and iron. Slip the shorter bias strip over the smaller end of the cup holder. The cup holder body fits between the bias fold. Pin the bias strip. Top stitch around the cup holder and overlap the ends. Repeat with the other bias strip.