Thursday, June 4, 2015

Leather Mason Jar Mug Coozie! #tbt

 Leather Mason Jar Mug Coozie!
 Turn a pint sized jar into a rustic looking mug with a simple leather jacket!
Great gift for fathers and other guys!
 This doesn't take much leather-working skills or NEED specialized tools.
Supplies:
Mason Jar pint size
leather
2 sets of rivets
cat gut thread and heavy needle
leather hole punch (or heavy needle)
hammer





To start I measured my pint jar.
It's 10 1/4" around and 3 inches tall for a good coozie.

I used my rotary cutter, my guide and mat...
an x-acto or hobby knife/ruler would work too.
Cut one piece that measures 3 inches tall and 10 1/4 inches wide.
Cut a skinny strip that is 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide and 6 inches tall too!

 Then I used a leather hole punch and punched 6 holes down each 3 inch side.
 Like this...
If you don't have a punch, you can pierce the leather with a heavy needle.
 The skinny strip is going to rivet onto the wide leather.
First one with the leather wrong side out...
 And then flipped over and riveted right side out at the bottom.
Punch holes and press the riveting studs through the backside of the leather.
 Press the skinny strip on top
 And set the rivet cap on top.
 Now, use a sturdy surface and hammer the cap on the stud.
 Loop over the strip and press it onto the other stud.
 Cap it
 and hammer it in place.
 Perfect mug handle!
Now is a great time to tool and carve the leather if you want to.
I left it as a pattern...but want to add some pizazz to the next one!
Now, when wrapping it around the jar, you'll notice it
 doesn't quite make it all the way around.
No worries, leather is stretchy.
 Take some cat gut and heavy needle and thread up the side holes.
And thread it tight so the leather edges touch.
 Zig zag it back and forth and then tie it off inside the coozie.
 It will hold it's mug shape perfectly!
 Now slip it around the mason jar.
If it feels impossible to squeeze in...get the leather slightly wet and try again.
Mine went on tight but no problems.
 Now enjoy drinking out of a mason jar...
mug style!
 The rivets look great!
What would you carve into the leather???
 Handle holds perfectly!




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