We have always loved botanical designs, whether they are whimsical, soft or rustic. Today we are exploring the more rustic side of things with this fabulous leather craft. We have made a number of coffee cozies in the past out of felt, but with Father’s Day in mind, our designer Jessica came up with this leather drink sleeve using her gorgeous and easy staining technique. When you are finished, you can use them for pint glasses, mason jars or regular glasses.
- Cutting Machine (optional, but recommended)
- Weeder Tool for cutting machine
- Leather Hole Punch
- Metal Ruler
- Utility Knife or X-acto Blade
- Cutting Mat
- Embroidery Needle
- Leather (heavyweight, 10.5 x 3.5″)
- Leather Cording
- Soft Wax (dark)
- Cricut Vinyl or Printable Vinyl
- Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Cut the leather according to the measurements on the PDF template at the bottom of the post with a utility knife.
- Use a cutting machine to cut pine trees out of vinyl, weed design and transfer to leather using transfer tape.
- Dab soft wax over leather surface.
- Allow to dry for about an hour.
- Peel vinyl off of leather, revealing the pine tree design.
- Cut the template and place on the reverse side of the leather.
- Use a pen to press through hole markings on template, making marks on the leather.
- Repeat on the opposite end and remove the template.
- Punch 2mm holes using the leather hole punch.
- Thread your needle, tie a knot and pull leather cording through the leather.
- Bring the edges together and stitch the sides together. The third stitch will be directly above the second and the fifth stitch will be directly above the fourth.
- Stitch up the edge and tie the knot.
- Trim the cording and reinforce both knots with hot glue, if desired.
Follow the photo tutorial below for visual guidance to make this leather drink sleeve!
If you are cutting by hand, download the PDF decal, or use the SVG if you have a machine. With the PDF version, you can either trace onto vinyl and cut, or print directly onto printable vinyl. The color of vinyl doesn’t matter at all because you will be peeling it off anyway. Feel free to adjust the size of the leather sleeve depending on the specific glass you are fitting. If you are giving these drink cozies as a Father’s Day gift, be sure to also see our pint glass decals.
For another DIY project where you can play around with staining leather, check out our DIY leather luggage tags. Explore all of our leather projects for more DIY gift ideas, like our stamped leather coasters. We would love to see the leather drink sleeves that you are crafting up, so please share your photos by tagging us on Instagram and using #liagriffith! Head over to our membership page to start crafting along with our creative community – we can’t wait to see what inspires you! Cheers ~ Lia & Team