What Materials Are Used for Koozies?

Gianna Petan

Promo Expert

Published: July 23rd, 2020

When you think about a koozie, your mind might jump right to the foam beer sleeves you often see decorating drinks at tailgates and company picnics. Well, get ready to have your mind blown! There are a ton of materials out there for koozies, from denim to burlap.

Maybe your wedding's around the corner or you want custom koozies for your next trade show. Let's explore all your options when it comes to the materials!

What Are Koozies Used For?

What Are Koozies Used For?

Koozies are used for insulating your cold drink against the surrounding air! While koozies are made using a variety of different materials, they all have the same job – keeping your drink refreshingly cold.

What Are Koozies Used For?

What Materials Are Used for Koozies?

Materials like foam, neoprene, and polyurethane are most popular for koozies. A koozie wraps around your bottle or can and gives it a nice hug. The material it's made from needs to be a good insulator in order to keep that drink cold and refreshing.

Koozies can be made from any of the following materials:

  • Foam
  • Neoprene
  • Denim
  • Burlap
  • Yarn
  • Polyurethane
  • Stainless Steel
  • Polyester
  • Jersey Cloth
  • Plastic
  • Vinyl

Do you want a quick overview? Here are the pros and cons of each material!

Which koozie material is right for me?
Which koozie material is right for me?


Neoprene is used to make wetsuits, which means it's a sturdy, waterproof material. It's also super flexible and offers great insulation. Neoprene is a better quality material, which makes it typically more expensive than other options.



Foam is one of the most cost-effective koozie materials available. It is also very porous which means that it can allow more warm air to reach your drink compared to other materials. If you’re ordering a large quantity of koozies on a budget, foam is a great option.



Denim isn’t only exclusive to jeans and vests, it can also be used to make koozies! Denim koozies typically have a neoprene or rubber material inside to properly insulate the drink.



Rustic country weddings wouldn’t be complete without burlap koozies! Similar to denim, burlap koozies also have a neoprene or rubber interior to keep your drink cold.



Yarn koozies are commonly made by hand either with crocheting or knitting. When you have a yarn koozie, your hand will stay warm and comfortable especially while holding a cold drink!



Polyurethane is a type of foam that has small bubbles of gas trapped inside, making it an excellent insulator. It is also one of the thickest materials available for koozies.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most durable koozie material. Most stainless steel koozies have double-wall insulation, which helps keep your drinks hot or cold.



Polyester is an excellent insulator for your cold drink. It is an affordable material that works as well as neoprene!

Jersey Cloth

Jersey Cloth

Koozies made from jersey cloth are very soft and comfortable to hold. Think of jersey cloth as a t-shirt for your drink!



While plastic may not be the best option for insulation, it is an excellent option for durability. Plastic koozies are tough and will protect your drink if it gets knocked down by accident!



Vinyl is a type of plastic that is used to make koozies. A koozie made with vinyl is sturdy, waterproof, and excellent at insulating your drink. Vinyl is also a cost-effective option.

There you have it! Koozies are made with a variety of materials that all help keep your drink ice cold even on the hottest summer day. Now, it is time to learn more about these fabrics like how to care for them, where to buy it, and how to use it to make your own koozies!

How to Wash Koozies

Most koozies can be washed in the washing machine with like colors and cold water with regular detergent or by hand using with dish soap. Be sure to always air-dry your koozies!

The following koozie materials are generally safe to wash:

  • Neoprene
  • Foam
  • Polyurethane
  • Rubber
  • Polyester

Before you wash a koozie of any material, always check with the manufacturer to be sure you won’t cause any accidental damage to the fabric*.

DISCLAIMER: All koozies are not created equal. Please contact the manufacturer of your koozie to ensure the washing methods mentioned above are suitable and won't lead to damaging your item.

Where to Buy Koozie Fabric

Where to Buy Koozie Fabric

Koozie fabric can be purchased online or at any craft store! It’s commonly sold in sheets with varying thickness and size. A typical swatch of foam or neoprene fabric to make one koozie should be about 8.75 inches wide and 4.25 inches tall to fit a regular 12-ounce can.

While at the store, you can also purchase other items like paint, gems, or iron-on vinyl to add a personal touch to your koozie fabric. You can make your very own koozies for yourself or as gifts!

How to Make Your Own Koozie

Now that you know what materials can be used to make koozies, it is time to learn how you can make your own! There are many ways you can make your own koozie at home using craft supplies. Everything you need can be found at a local craft store.


  • Thin foam sheet
  • Decorative fabric
  • Scissors
  • Plain white craft glue
  • 12 oz. can
  • Adhesive Velcro strips

Follow these simple steps to make a DIY koozie:

  • Step One: Measure the material you’ll need using a 12 ounce can.
  • Step Two: Glue decorative fabric on top of your koozie material.
  • Step Three: Cut the material to your desired size and shape.
  • Step Four: Add adhesive Velcro strips to both sides of the flat piece of fabric.
  • Step Five: Wrap your finished koozie around a can and attach with the Velcro.
  • Measure the Rubber youtube.com

    Step 1
    Measure the Rubber

    Lay the rubber sheet face-down and wrap it around the can to get a measurement. Be sure to leave about an inch of extra material so you can close it around the can later.

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    Step 2
    Glue Down the Fabric

    Glue your piece of fabric down on the foam material.

    Cut Around the Fabric youtube.com

    Step 3
    Cut Around the Fabric

    Cut the excess foam material around your fabric.

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    Step 4
    Add Velcro

    Add the Velcro strips! Place one on the side with fabric, then flip the piece of foam over and place the second strip on the opposite side. Add extra glue to the back of the Velcro strips for more strength.

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    Step 5
    Enjoy the Finished Product

    Wrap your finished koozie around the can and enjoy!

    Once you have your finished koozie, you can customize it by adding gems, buttons, ribbon, paint, marker, and more! Making DIY koozies would be a fun birthday party craft, and they even make great gifts for your friends and family.

    Check out the video to see how to make a DIY koozie!

    DIY Koozie

    Party in style this Superbowl with your very own custom DIY koozie. Need: Foam Fabric of your choice Velcro Transfer paper Directions: 1. Measure can with foam leaving 1 inch of excess material 2. Iron Fabric to transfer paper 3. Remove adhesive from foam and attach fabric 4. Cut to measured area 5. Attach Velcro strip 6. Enjoy!

    How to Crochet a Koozie

    Crocheting a koozie is quick process that lets you make creative handmade gifts for your friends or for yourself! There are countless ways you can crochet a koozie with different shapes and designs, but this method is simple and beginner friendly.

    Before you give this a try, it’s best to familiarize yourself with basic crochet stitches such as a chain stitch, double crochet, single crochet, and a slip stitch!


    • One 10mm crochet hook
    • Approximately 60 yards of medium-weight yarn
    • One yarn needle

    Here's how to crochet a koozie:

  • Step One: Begin with a slip knot.
  • Step Two: Make four chain stitches.
  • Step Three: Use a single stitch to create a small circle for the bottom of the koozie.
  • Step Four: Begin the first row with 12 double crochet stitches.
  • Step Five: Finish row one with a slip stitch.
  • Step Six: Begin row two with two chain stitches and two double crochet.
  • Step Seven: Repeat the double crochet stitch 24 times around the circle.
  • Step Eight: Measure the finished circle with the bottom of your can or bottle.
  • Step Nine: Begin row three with another 24 double crochet stitches.
  • Step Ten: Start the next row with 24 double crochet stitches through both loops of the chain.
  • Step Eleven: Continue to add rows until the koozie reaches your desired height.
  • Step Twelve: Cut the yarn from the spool leaving an excess tail.
  • Step Thirteen: Weave the excess yarn into the crocheted koozie using a yarn needle.
  • Step Fourteen: Trim remaining excess yarn after weaving through several times.
  • Step Fifteen: Place a can or bottle into your finished koozie.
  • Slip Knot http://youtube.com

    Step 1
    Slip Knot

    Begin crocheting your koozie with a basic slip knot.

    Chain Stitch http://youtube.com

    Step 2
    Chain Stitch

    Chain 4 stitches from your slip knot.

    Make a Small Circle http://youtube.com

    Step 3
    Make a Small Circle

    Go back into the bottom loop of the first chain and use a single stitch to connect back to your 4th chain stitch. This will give you a small circle which will be the bottom of your koozie. The rest of your stitches will be around this circle.

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    Step 4
    Double Crochet One Row

    Chain 2 and make 12 double crochet stitches around the circle.

    Finish Row One http://youtube.com

    Step 5
    Finish Row One

    Add one slip stitch in the top of the chain to close the circle.

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    Step 6
    Begin Row Two

    Begin row two with two chains, then go back into the slip stitch and double crochet twice.

    Double Crochet 24 Stitches http://youtube.com

    Step 7
    Double Crochet 24 Stitches

    Add two double crochet in each stitch around the circle, making 24 total stitches around. The chain counts as one double crochet.

    Complete the Bottom of the Koozie http://youtube.com

    Step 8
    Complete the Bottom of the Koozie

    Repeat step 5 with a slip stitch to close the circle. This circle should be the same size as the bottom of your 12 ounce can.

    Begin Row Three from the Back Loop http://youtube.com

    Step 9
    Begin Row Three from the Back Loop

    Chain two, and double crochet working in the back loop only. Continue around for another 24 stitches.

    Crochet Both Loops http://youtube.com

    Step 10
    Crochet Both Loops

    Chain two, go through both loops of the chain and double crochet around the circle with another 24 stitches.

    Finish the Remaining Rows http://youtube.com

    Step 11
    Finish the Remaining Rows

    Continue around the circle, adding in the slip stitch in step 5 after every row. Work until you have crocheted enough rows to fit your can or bottle.

    Snip Remaining Yarn from Spool http://youtube.com

    Step 12
    Snip Remaining Yarn from Spool

    When your crocheted koozie is the desired height, leave the last loop in place and cut off your yarn, leaving about 3 to 4 inches.

    Weave in Excess http://youtube.com

    Step 13
    Weave in Excess

    Weave the tail of the yarn through the loop, and then weave the tail through a yarn needle. Then, weave the tail in to the crocheted koozie. Be sure to alternate directions.

    Trim Excess Yarn http://youtube.com

    Step 14
    Trim Excess Yarn

    Once the tail has been securely woven through, trim the excess yarn.

    Enjoy Your Koozie http://youtube.com

    Step 15
    Enjoy Your Koozie

    Slide the finished product onto a can or bottle!

    While crocheting your koozie, you can use different colors of yarn to create stripes, or you can also experiment with the design by using a different stitch. Adding an elastic band to the top row will also help your crocheted koozie securely fit onto your can or bottle.

    The Bottom Line

    As you can see, koozies can be made from a variety of different materials. Whether you decide to get the materials and make your own or purchase one that’s already made, the options are nearly limitless! Pick the material that you like best and your drink will always be refreshingly cold.

    Gianna Patan