cloth coffee filter on counter with mug and coffee grounds in the background

How to Make a Reusable Coffee Filter

Week 34

Since coffee and tea are a consistent part of my daily consumption, I want to make sure I'm being as sustainable as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of low-waste products for brewing both coffee and tea. I found out that my local organic grocery store offers bulk coffee beans and loose leaf tea, which eliminates packaging waste and now, I steep my tea leaves in a tea ball. As for coffee, I still use my drip machine, but I've made a few reusable cloth filters to use in place of disposable paper ones.

This project is extremely easy and takes about 15 minutes to make.

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What You'll Need:

  • Cotton Fabric - I used some muslin I had on hand, but I think quilting leftovers also work nicely. It should be washed first.
  • Serger or Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Pattern- it's free! Click to download.
  • Chalk or something to trace pattern onto fabric
  1. Piece of cotton fabric with shield shape patterns chalked on it - the shields are medieval style, not captain america

    Using the free pattern I've attached above, trace 8 shield shapes onto your fabric.

  2. fabric cut into 8 shield shape pieces

    Cut out all 8 shapes.

  3. four stacks of two shield shape fabric pieces

    This will be a double layer filter, so put your cut pieces in stacks of two.

  4. hand holding four shield shape fabric pieces together

    Line up two sets together, you should have four identical pieces.

  5. shield shape fabric piece serged on one of the curved sides

    Serge or zig zag stich one curved side of the stack.

  6. two sets of shield shape fabric pieces that have been sewn together

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other cut pieces.

  7. Line up the curved edges of your two sewn pieces. See picture.

  8. Serge or zig zag stitch the curved edges together. It should have a bowl shape when you are finished.

  9. Finish off the straight edges with a serger or a zig zag stitch.

How to use your coffee filter

First, wash and dry your filter. Use it the same way you would a normal filter, only after the coffee is finished brewing, rinse until the water runs clear and hang to dry. Every few weeks, give your filter a more thorough washing.

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