Cool It Can Cozy Pattern

Perfect gift for guys, gals and geeks. Make your own can cozy pattern. Use funky fabrics and make these for everyone you know!


Do you remember that waterproof can coaster I made for my husband for Valentine's Day?  It's a hit and he uses it every day.  He loves it because he no longer gets nagged at for leaving wet rings all over the table and I love it just because he uses it.  Aww.

Sew waterproof coasters, made using iron on vinyl.I thought it would be nice to make him something to go with it. I had some Insul-Bright left over from the potholders and oven mitts and was looking for something else to do with it.  An insulated can cozy that will keep his can cold longer, and it soaks up the condensation too – double win.  This has been another hit – he uses it all the time.  Makes me happy.  Makes him happy.  Can't get a better sewing project than that!

I even made a load more for when we have guests.  Some for girls, some for guys, and some for the geeks.  Use the right fabric, and this becomes an easy-to-sew gift for anyone.

The Cool It Can Cozy is the Caribbean equivalent of the coffee cozy! Even better, it's really quick and easy to sew as well.

Sew the ‘Cool It' Can Cozy Pattern


  • Fabric
  • Insul-bright (or other similar insulating material)
  • Thread

How to sew an insulated can cozy. Could keep a beer cold, and makes cans easy for kids to hold too.

Cut a piece of fabric 10 inches by 8.5 inches.  If you are using a directional pattern, the 10 inches goes around the can.

Cut a piece of Insul-bright, or other thermal lining material, 10 inches by 4 inches.

Press a 1/4 inch seam to the wrong side along both of the 10 inch edges of the fabric.

How to sew an insulated can cozy. Could keep a beer cold, and makes cans easy for kids to hold too.

Place the Insul-Bright against the wrong side, tucked into the bottom turn up. Pin it in place along the bottom.

With right sides together, sew the two 8.5 inch sides together with a 1/2 inch seam, catching the liner. Trim away the excess liner at the seams.

How to sew an insulated can cozy. Could keep a beer cold, and makes cans easy for kids to hold too.

Turn down the top of the fabric so the pressed edges meet.  Pin in place.

It's going to be a bit awkward, but sew a seam along the bottom to close those edges. Take it slowly.  Repeat along the top edge to match.

Perfect gift for geeks. Make your own can cozy pattern. Use funky fabrics and make these for everyone you know!

It's done, a can cozy that's out of this world and perfect for the man or the geek in your life!

Slip over your can and enjoy a cool drink, for longer.


If you have one of those machines that does embroidery, I think this is the ideal project for that.  Embroider on a name, a sports logo or a funny slogan to make it really unique and a great gift.  You could run up a whole bunch of these later in the year for stocking-stuffers for the guys and gals too.  Pin it, so you don't forget!

Or download this tutorial to your computer to save it for later.

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23 Responses to Cool It Can Cozy Pattern

  1. SewHelpMe says:

    Was a great inspiration for making my own cozy from scraps and a small mat to use in my sewing room. Would share a picture, but have no idea how.

  2. cpajoker says:

    I live a few miles north of Denver Colorado and humidity is normally low. Today, 6/14/2020, at 1645 it’s 91 degrees F and 11% humidity. For us it is all about keeping the drink cold. I lived in the Philippines in the late 70’s and recall dropping a can of soda I had just opened because the condensation made the call so slippery.

  3. Laur says:

    does this cozy have a bottom? or is it shape like a tube? how does it stay on without a bottom?

    • SewHelpMe says:

      It is in fact a tube and it holds on due to the batting/Insul Bright. But even without, I suspect it would still hold up because the condensation would act a bit like glue. Also, the fit is perfect, with just a very small amount of give.

      • SewHelpMe says:

        Found it’s possible to insert a bit of elastic across the bottom. I cut mine 4″ (allowing for 1/2″ seam allowance) before closing the bottom. It works fine. However, I would either make the cozy a bit less tall (about 1/2″) or make the elastic a bit shorter (3-1/2″ to 3-3/4″) and it should fit really well. After adjusting the size to use 1/2″ seam allowance for the top and bottom, I made 2. The first one used InsulBright and only on 1/2 of the fabric; I quilted this half before proceeding. The 2nd one used regular 100% cotton on both sides (but with a minuscule amount removed from the center to avoid unnecessary bulk where it folded) and quilted the entire sleeve. I also added a bit of piping at the bottom so after turning it inside out it was easy to hide where things didn’t line up perfectly. I then put a soda can in both of them and periodically took “their temperature” (instant read kitchen thermometer). Neither kept the drink colder better than the other and frankly I didn’t seem any improvement, as far as temperature goes, over not having a cozy. On the other hand, both absorbed the moisture equally well and I found it pleasant to hold.

    • Denise Hosner says:

      It’s shaped like a tube. The can just fits..your hand holds it tightly in place.

  4. Graham. says:

    Thanks for the cool idea and tutorial. Keen to give this a go, I saw some great Marvel Super Hero Fabric in Spotlight the other day so now I have a use for it, I can go in and get it.

  5. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I just have to find some awesome fabric to make these with.

    I’ve featured your project in my DIY Father’s Day Gifts roundup:

  6. Angela Mager says:

    This is fantastic! I’m so excited to have found your site. LOVE it!

  7. Okay, this is genius, there are so few things that I can craft that I can legitimately see my dad using, but he uses cozies every day! Thanks for the awesome Christmas gift idea!

  8. Pam @Threading My Way says:

    A great idea, Deby and so easy to make. No more condensation on tables.

  9. Wonderful tutorial, thank you for sharing.

  10. Daniela says:

    That is a great idea, I wonder how it will be to make a babies bag with the same concept. Then I can take Owen to the park to have lunch!

    • Deby Coles says:

      You know, that’s a great idea! Would be great to make a small draw string bag which was insulated to keep a bottle warm for a while. I might just have to give that some more thought. Unless you beat me to it!

  11. katiasafia says:

    c’est une aidé géniale

  12. Sara @ Mama's Therapy says:

    I will need to make some of these before summer!

  13. Kristina & Millie says:

    I need a couple of these for sure 🙂 Thanks for the pattern and how to!

  14. Sami says:

    Super cute, what a great gift idea. Thanks for the tutorial

  15. Diane in SC, USA says:

    Thank you for posting this far enough ahead of Father’s Day so that I can actually make a couple! Vey nice idea…

  16. Agy says:

    This is a great idea. I hate having to wipe up all this water on the coffee table after the boys have finished their canned drinks!

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