Tips on Making a Koozie Can Holder From Neoprene

If you’re someone who enjoys the satisfaction of creating your own unique items and taking on DIY projects, then making a neoprene koozie holder can be a fantastic and rewarding endeavor. With guidance from your friends at FoamOrder, you can enjoy a cold beverage in style while showcasing your crafting skills.

In this blog, we’ll guide you through creating a neoprene koozie can holder with foam materials. Neoprene can absorb sweat from a cold drink and be easily cleaned, making for the perfect cold beverage holder. With a few simple steps and creative flair, you’ll soon be sipping your favorite beverage with a personalized neoprene koozie can holder that reflects your unique taste and personality.

An aluminum can inside a foam koozie

Supplies You’ll Need

Before diving into the DIY project, it’s essential to gather all the necessary supplies and accessories. For this neoprene koozie can holder project, you’ll need:

Neoprene Foam Sheet

Neoprene is a fantastic insulating material that keeps your drinks cold. At FoamOrder, you can find it in various sizes, types and colors, depending on what you need. Our Neoprene sheets are perfect for DIY projects due to their malleability and can be purchased individually or in full boxes at lower prices. For limited-color options, check out our clearance section for half sheets of Neoprene.

Fabric Scissors

High-quality fabric scissors are crucial for precise cutting. For best results, we supply Neoprene cutting shears in both left-handed and right-handed models.

Measuring Tape or Ruler

To ensure accurate measurements.

Pencil or Fabric Marker

To mark your neoprene sheet.

Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread

You can sew your koozie with embroidery thread or use a sewing machine for added convenience. To ensure your seam stays secure, our NSeal™ seam tape is an iron-on tape that provides a waterproof and long-lasting finish to sewn or welded seams of Neoprene.

Velcro or Snap Fasteners

These are used to close your koozie. Choose the one that suits your style.


You can add your unique touch with buttons, beads or other decorative elements such as paint, markers or iron-on adhesives.

How to Make Your Koozie

Step 1: Measure and Mark

Begin by measuring the dimensions of your can. You’ll need to determine the circumference and height of the can, as well as the seam allowance you want to add. Mark these measurements on your neoprene foam sheet. Remember to measure accurately for a snug fit.

Step 2: Cut the Neoprene Foam

Using your fabric scissors, carefully cut along the lines you marked. Ensure that you cut smoothly and accurately, as any uneven edges may affect the final look and fit of your koozie.

Step 3: Sew the Long Edge

Now, fold your neoprene foam in half, so that the shorter sides meet. Using upholstery thread, sew along the long edge of the foam, leaving the shorter sides open. Make sure your stitching is secure, as it will hold the koozie together. For extra support, use sewing pins to hold everything in place.

Step 4: Sew the Short Edges

With the long edge sewn, it’s time to sew the shorter sides together. Fold your foam along the seam you’ve created, matching the edges. Sew along the shorter sides to create a tube-like shape. This forms the basic structure of your koozie.

Step 5: Attach the Closure

Decide whether you want to use Velcro or snap fasteners for the closure. Sew them onto the open ends of your neoprene tube. Ensure they’re securely attached, as these keep your koozie in place.

Step 6: Personalize Your Koozie (Optional)

This step is where your creativity can shine. Feel free to decorate your koozie with buttons, beads or any other decorative elements you like. This will make your koozie truly unique and reflective of your style.

Step 7: Enjoy Your DIY Neoprene Koozie Can Holder

Once your closure is attached and any personalization is complete, your DIY neoprene koozie can holder is ready to use! Slip it onto your favorite beverage can, and enjoy a cold drink in style, knowing you created this functional and stylish accessory yourself.

Tips for a Successful DIY Neoprene Koozie Project

Creating a neoprene koozie holder can be a fun and rewarding experience. To ensure the best results, consider these tips:

Choose the Right Neoprene Thickness

When selecting your neoprene foam, consider the thickness you need for insulation. Thicker neoprene provides better insulation, but it can be more challenging to work with. We recommend purchasing our 3mm neoprene by the foot and folding it over to double the thickness, or purchasing a full sheet up to 6mm thick.

Take Your Time with Measurements

Accurate measurements are key to a well-fitting koozie. Take your time to measure the can and mark your neoprene accordingly. Precision at this stage will save you from any disappointments later.

Use the Right Stitching Technique

If you’re using a sewing machine, make sure you’re familiar with the appropriate stitching techniques for neoprene. A zigzag stitch is often recommended, as it provides flexibility and strength. If you’re sewing by hand, use a strong, durable thread.

Experiment with Decorative Elements

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your koozie’s design. Experiment with different decorative elements to make it truly your own. You can use fabric paint, iron-on patches or any embellishments that match your style.

Customize for Different Cans and Bottles

Once you’ve mastered the basic koozie, consider making variations to fit different can and bottle sizes. You can create a collection of koozies to suit your various beverages.

Share Your Creations

Lastly, don’t forget to share your DIY neoprene koozie can holders with friends and family. They make fantastic personalized gifts and can even become a small business venture if your creations receive praise.

Soda can with an insulator around it.

Creating a Neoprene koozie can holder not only allows you to showcase your crafting skills but also provides a unique and personalized touch to your everyday items. Whether you’re crafting for yourself or thinking of sharing your creations with friends or family, this project is both fun and functional. Gather your supplies, follow the steps and soon you’ll be sipping your favorite drink from a koozie you crafted yourself. For more fun project ideas from FoamOrder, be sure to check out our DIY project page.

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