|In the background you can see one of the mugs that haven't been dyed.|
The mug in the foreground still needs the inside finished.
|Here's the bottom view of the colonial leather mug.|
See how there are two rows of neat stitches--this is all done by hand!
The leathersmith suggested I check out Tandy Leather for kits for my students, and there sure are a bunch of kits on their site, though I didn't see a kit for making a leather mug. I'm just not sure that we are ready for real leather just yet.
So, I thought of an easy, inexpensive alternative that will get my students to understand the idea of crafting this product, along with the cutting, punching and sewing, that the real process has, but without the expense of buying leather and fancy tools. They can even use this project afterwards! You know they'll be excited about that!
So, here it goes:
Colonial Faux Leather Mug
- 1 9" x 12" piece of brown craft foam
- 1 9 oz paper cup (I bought mine from Walmart as a pack of 10 for $.78)
- Template pdf (hopefully this template uploads well below!) *needs to be printed on 9"x12" paper, so download the file and have printed on larger paper and trimmed-sorry for the waste!
- Pencil or pen
- Masking tape, optional
- Small hole punch (mine is 1/8")
- Hot glue gun, optional
- Braiding cord or any thin, strong cord you can sew with
- Metal needle in which you can tread the cord through
8. Position the bottom of the mug and, using the photos as a reference, begin sewing around the bottom edge of the mug. Make these bottom stitches snug, but don't pull too hard or you will pull the cording right through the craft foam.
|The bottom view of my mug.|
Enjoy your handmade faux leather mug!