Coffee filter pattern

Make your own Coffee Filter – Easy guide

There may not be significant money to save by sewing a coffee filter yourself, but it is an incredibly easy little eco-friendly do-it-yourself project. For us, however, it means a bit, since I prefer large coffee filters, which are more expensive. You can make the coffee filter from used fabric like old sheets. Before use, just boil the filter for a couple of minutes.

Coffee filter – an easy beginners sewing project

These filters are the perfect first sewing project, so easy to do and you don´t need to do them perfectly in order for them to work.

The quality of the filter beats the ones of paper entirely out of scale. Here you will never grumble the coffee, and you will not have to spend time separate them, fold the bottom up, etc. Just put them in the coffee filter cone, measure up your coffee, and pour on the water.

After use,the filter is easy to empty. Use the coffee for compost, make a fungus farm og simply throw it in the garbage.

Rinse the filter (inside out) under running water and hang it to dry. It sounds like more work then it is, it is – it takes like seconds to clean since nothing sticks to the fabric. I usually put mine back in the coffee filter cone, and let it dry there, and making it ready for next use.

Cleaning homemade coffee filter

Once a week or maybe every 14 days, simply boil the filter in a pot of water. Boiling it for 10 minutes will take out all the coffee oils and kill all germs.

Don’t wash your filter with soap since this may give a taste to your coffee. It is better to just make a new one if you don’t like the look of it anymore. It will go brown, and maybe look a little dirty, but it is not. It is just the natural colors of the coffee that transfers into the fabric. You can actually use coffee as a natural color for DIY projects.

I set out to sew two filters, but it wasn’t really necessary. I had expected to wash them more often, but then experienced how easy they are to keep clean.


An old sheet that is washed at high temperature. Ikea’s thin cheap is formidable for the purpose. Otherwise, use a thin piece of cotton.

A piece of paper, pencil and scissors

Needle and thread, or sewing machine

A coffee filter the size you need


Place the coffee filter on top of the paper and draw around it. Cut out the pattern and you now have your template (see image).

Fold the sheet and place one of the long sides of the pattern in the fold. the fabric is cut as big as the template and thus without any stitches when the original filter was glued.

Now sew the bottom and the long side. First, if you have a sewing machine. You can easily sew the filter in your hand too, if you use small stitches.

Cut an approximately 2.5cm wide strip of the sheet to a length that can reach all the way around the last open side of the filter.

Fold your fabric strip three times and sew it in the coffee filter opening. This extra and slightly firmer extension of the filter means that it does not fall into the funnel but is tilted beyond it.

Sew coffee filters yourself – it’s easy

When there is a small fold in the corner of my template, it is because I have used recycled paper

Here’s how to use the homemade coffee filter

The only difference between the purchased paper filters and the homemade ones are that the homemade coffee filter must be emptied after use. The easiest method is to let the coffee grounds dry in the filter. After drying, it is easy to empty it, by turning it inside out into the compost (or trash). Rinse the filter for leftovers, and it is ready for use. It doesn’t take many seconds more than throwing out a paper filter.

Environmental advantage

Yes, it goes without saying that with recycling filters, we save a lot of paper and all the production costs for the environment. A gain that far exceeds the financial gain for the individual. It is part of an environmentally conscious everyday life to do what we can to reduce climate impact.

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