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During these cold winter months a lot of us like to enjoy our coffee on the go.  I know I do while chauffering one or more of the five kids back and forth from their many activities.  I also like to have a cup of hot chocolate when the boys are playing a game at the rink.  The problem is, my cocoa gets cold very quickly at the rink and I end up with this "syrup-y" lukewarm drink.  This cup sleeve should do the trick if I use some of this insulated batting called Insul-Bright inside the sleeve. Insul-Bright Mylar/Poly Batting


Insul-Bright consists of hollow, polyester fibers needlepunched through a nonwoven substrate and through a reflective mylar. The needled material is breathable and it won't break down with washing either, and I *will* get coffee or hot chocolate all over it. The hollow fibers resist conduction while the reflective mylar resists radiant energy. The energy, hot or cold, is reflected back to its source.  At least one layer of cotton batting is recommended with Insul-Bright when used as Oven Mitts or Pot Holders. Insul-Bright is heat-RESISTANT, NOT heat-proof. NOT FOR USE IN MICROWAVE.  I think I'd skip the dryer too.  This wonderful stuff costs $4.25/YD so you won't need to spend a lot of money to make a few of these.  


The tutorial suggests an alternative insulator, you could use either one.  The tutorial also sugggests applying the little bird with Liquitex, etc... but I think I am going to skip that and do something different like adding a little pocket for change, or a teabag.  If you combined this project with the teabag organizer project, you'd have a very nice gift for yourself or someone else.


What you need:

  • Fabric for outside and inside
  • Insul-Fleece Insulated Interfacing
  • TAP Transfer Artist Paper
  • Liquitex Iridescent Medium
  • Fabric scrap for bird
  • Fusing for bird (or fabric glue)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Velcro

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Comment by Kivia Brown on February 10, 2012 at 3:35pm

to to cute


Comment by Marsha Egleston on January 6, 2011 at 7:37am

I have been thinking of making on of these for sometime now. Now will have to do it soon.

Thanks for sharing!!

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