Why you should make yourself a reusable coffee filter
I made my first reusable coffee filter about two years ago, and it’s been in frequent use since! It’s not shiny and white anymore, but it still does its job exactly like the first time it was used.
If you’re a daily filter coffee drinker, this reusable cloth filter can potentially save you 365 filters a year, but also about 40 plastic packaging, the energy to produce the filters, the transport and avoid you ever being in a situation where you can’t make coffee because you’re out of filters.
Give it a try – the cloth filter works exactly the same as regular coffee filters The coffee brewing method and the taste are the same. If you rinse the filter thoroughly with hot water after each use, the reusable filter stays clean.
…Or buy it
DIY tips & notes
WHICH FABRIC TO USE? If you are buying your fabric new, ideally buy a medium-thick organic unbleached linen, hemp or cotton fabric. The thickness is important to make the filter more sturdy. However, don’t choose a fabric too thick as you want the coffee to still run through it. If you recycle fabric from old clothes or similar, aim for something that looks like a cotton or linen mix. Make sure to wash it at a high temperature to kill all the bacterias but also for all eventual chemicals and coloring to leach out.
NEED TO LEARN YOUR WAY AROUND THE SEWING MACHINE? You have two options. You can hand sew it which shouldn’t be too bad. Or if you’re new at the sewing machine, I recommend the Youtube channel MADE Everyday. That’s how I learned the basics.
Zero waste reusable cloth coffee filterDifficulty: Easy
What you need
25 x 20 cm fabric (more about fabrics above)
Paper coffee filter
Sewing machine or needle
- DRAW THE OUTLINE OF THE FILTER (x2)
Flatten the washed and ironed fabric down on a table. Place the paper filter somewhere on the fabric where it has space twice next to each other while having one side in common (see picture below). The side in common will serve as the line for the fold.
Then use a pen to mark the outline of the paper filter.
- FOLD & PIN THE FABRIC TOGETHER
Fold the fabric together at the folding line. Then use pin or paper clips to hold the folded fabric in place.
- CUT THE FABRIC
Use the scissors to cut the outline of the coffee filter.
- SEW A LINE ALONG THE TOP OF THE FILTER
Take away the pins that hold the filter together. Then sew a line along the curved top of the filter. This line will prevent the filter from falling apart over time.
Feel free to use a fun pattern if you’re sewing machines allows it (I used a cloud pattern).
- PIN FABRIC TOGETHER AGAIN
Use pins or paper clips to close filter together again.
- SEW THE SIDES & BOTTOM TOGETHER
Finish the filter by sewing the sides and bottom together. Start sewing at the bottom next to the fold. When you arrive at the corner, lift the sewing foot, pivot the fabric, then sew the rest.