Okay, have we had enough with the leather crafts yet? No? Good! Because I have a lot of leather left to put to use!
This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but hadn’t found the time/a reason/the right materials. Then, with all of this leather sitting around, I figured I’d finally give it a shot. I drink a lot of coffee, both in disposable cups (bad Caitlynn) and in reusable cups (good Caitlynn). But you know what is the worst? When the damn coffee cups are too hot to hold.
What You’ll Need:
A Sewing Machine and Thread
About 2 inches of velcro
A cup to measure around
So I started off making my coffee cup sleeve by selecting a piece of leather. I’ve seen these made with fur, too, on the interior side, to act as insulation, but the pieces of fur I had from my trip to the wool store were all very thick, and wouldn’t have proved right for this craft. Instead I just went with the leather. I wrapped my leather around a coffee cup one and a half times, and cut. then, after being sure my pieces were even width throughout, I cut that piece in half, giving myself two equal rectangles (it is necessary to start with two pieces, not just one, you’ll see why).
Then, taking my sewing machine, I started at one corner and stitched a line on an angle, ending about a centimeter away from the other corner. This is important, as cups get wider as they go up. If you’ve ever sewed clothes or used a pattern for clothes before, you probably know a little bit about sewing darts. This is kind of the same concept. As a coffee cup goes up it gains in width, much like a woman’s figure when we think of moving up from the waist to the chest and shoulders. In order to fit the figure snugly, we sew darts. This angled line is kind of acting as a dart on the coffee cup. I stitched mine twice, just to be sure it would hold. Ignore the funky stitches, I was playing around with the machine settings, as it has been a while since I’ve sewed anything. It doesn’t really matter what these stitches look like, as they will be on the inside facing the cup and not visible.
You can cut off the excess part of the angle, so when you unfold the leather it fits snugly against the cup.
Next, I attached two pieces of velcro to the cup, so when I form it back around the cup it can velcro closed. I could have made the piece solid, but I liked the idea of being able to use velcro to make it a little tighter or looser depending on the cup size. I stitched these into place.
Then, I found some scrap material, cut them into 2 inch by 10 inch strips, and turned over and stitched the long sides to give myself a folded edge. This was easier for me than to curl them under and sew one line, through leather and fabric at once. If you are a better seamstress, you can probably just sew once, but if you are like me, and often move too quickly for the machine, you might want to get these folded edges done first, then attache them to the leather in an additional step, which was what I did, in another straight stitch, to the top and bottom.
I then cut and removed the excess fabric, and was finished.
Above is a photo of the side with the velcro closure.
And below is a photo of one of the smooth sides, with the velcro to the left and the seam/dart to the right.