Holiday Cross-Stitch Cards Workshop at West Elm


The Every Hostess and your truly hosted a lovely event at West Elm, Denver just in time for the holidays. We gathered to cross-stitch holiday cards, sip coffee and apple cider and snack on cheese, crackers and, of course, cookies! We made wonderful memories with old and new friends, and laughed as we crafted at our 2nd Make & Mingle workshop.

Thanks to everyone who joined us, and to Colby Elizabeth Photography who captured all the cross-stitching fun.

See the beautiful party in its entirety at Couture Colorado. You won’t want to miss all the pretty little details…and the big ass balloons, literally.








Vendor List

Photographer: Copyright Colby Elizabeth Photography | @colbsta
Location: West Elm, Denver | @westelmdenver
Florist: Ladybird Poppy |@ladybirdpoppy
Stationery: Fleur de lis, a paperie | @fdlpaperie
Balloons: Big Ass Balloons | @bigassballoons
Polka Dot bags and straws: Bake It Pretty | @bakeitpretty
Planning/Styling: The Every Hostess | @theeveryhostess and J. Sorelle | @jsorelle3
Cookies: homemade by J. Sorelle @jsorelle3
Food and Hot Apple Cider: The Every Hostess | @theeveryhostess
Ornaments: Sage 8 Studio | @sage8studio
Chocolate bars and peppermint malt balls: Curly Girl Design | @curlygirldesign
Business card holder: Cory Renee Handcrafted Bags and Clutches
Coffee: Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Cherry Creek North | @peetscoffee

DIY Cross Stitch Coffee Sleeve


As we bundle up and head outside this winter, we like to keep a to-go mug of coffee or tea between our hands. It’s a habitual thing. Sure, we need to caffeine most days {okay, everyday}, and we like the taste of tea, but it really comes down to the fact that we like to have something warm in our hands. It feels comfortable and cozy.

Well, we’ve made our comfy habit a bit cuter with our latest DIY featured at our Make & Mingle last week – a DIY cross-stitch coffee sleeve. Anyone can do it…even with no sewing experience.

Thanks to Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Cherry Creek North for the cups and hot coffee, and Colby Elizabeth Photography for the photos.



  • Find a pattern or shape to cross-stitch. We used this file from Fleur de Lis, a paperie, and printed them at 30% or 40%, so the stars were small enough to fit on our coffee sleeves.
  • Set the print out of the shape on the coffee sleeve, and with your pearl pin in hand, punch small holes on the ends of every line where you will stitch. When you remove the paper, you should see the shape that you want to design on your coffee sleeve. If you need to make the holes more visible, punch them again once the paper is removed.
  • Cut the embroidery string, insert one end through the needle loop, and tie a knot on the other end of the string.
  • Insert the needle from inside the coffee sleeve up through the top of the coffee sleeve. Then go back down through the next hole. Continue going up and down through each hole until you have completed the shape.
  • Once you stitch the last line, tie a knot inside the coffee sleeve with the original knot.

Warm wishes to you this winter!


Photography: Copyright Colby Elizabeth Photography