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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! Great life hack for handleless jars!

Perfect for a Summer barbecue on the patio!

This doesn't take much leather-working skills or NEED specialized tools.

In my experience, specialized tools make a job easier...but are not always necessary.

Step 1: Supplies

Supplies:

Mason Jar (pint size)
carving leather

2 sets of rivets

cat gut thread and heavy needle

leather hole punch (or heavy needle)

hammer

Cutting mat, rotary cutter/hobby knife, ruler

Step 2: Measure and Cut!

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!

Step 3: Punching

Then I used a leather hole punch and punched 6 holes down each 3 inch side.
If you don't have a punch, you can pierce the leather with a heavy needle.

Step 4: Mugging

To make the mug handle:

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.

It makes a half heart shape.

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 blank pattern...but want to add some pizazz to the next one!

Step 5: Stitching!

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 through the holes 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.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now enjoy drinking out of a mason jar...mug style!

The rivets look great and the handle is perfect!

Great for hot or cold drinks!
What would you carve into the leather???

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And don't forget to vote! :)

<p>My handle seems very unstable; the leather is somewhat wobbly and hard to keep the glass steady with. Did anyone else have this issue or a work-around to fix?</p><p>Thanks.</p>
With cozy covers, the goal is to make a handle that you can slip your fingers into and actually hold the jar with your hand. The handles are generally/traditionally not intended to be held like you would a ceramic mug. So you can make it whatever size works for slipping your fngers into. I like a loop small enough for just my top 2 fingers.
<p>Sorry it didn't work out the same for you. If your leather was not thick or rigid enough to start with, it would be hard for it to hold it's shape. I don't know how to work around it now that it's done though...</p>
That's okay! I bought cheap leather, but kuyote's advice seemed to do the trick
<p>You might be able to soak the handle and let it dry. This sometimes will take away some of the oils, and when the leather dries, it's harder.</p>
I did that twice and it seemed to work! Thank you! I bought the most inexpensive leather I could find, that probably caused it...
Voted! I love the idea of it!
<p>Love it! Also like what you said about not needing specialized tools. Was a time when a person would think nothing of making the whole thing (minus the jar) with no tools but a single flake of stone :)</p>
<p>nice job, looks nice,..just wondering though wouldn't it get messed up from the condensation?</p>
<p>Oh.. this is so cool :). What a genius Idea.</p>
<p>Thanks, means a lot coming from you! :)</p>
<p>Great idea! Mason jars are so in right now to use as drinking glasses, but they are way to big for my small hands to hold comfortably. I should make one of these :)</p>
<p>Thank you! Yes, mason jars and leather are all the rage...so the combo was a natural! :) and I too have small hands! </p>
<p>This is fantastic. Wonderfully documented! I will be making a set of these this weekend. Voted.</p>
<p>Awesome, thank you! :)</p>
<p>Very cute! I like how you made the stitching so decorative :)</p>
<p>Thanks! It was super easy to make, and a great guy gift! </p>
<p>This looks like a terrific leather starter project! I've wanted to try working with it but it seemed a bit daunting. Thanks for posting :-)</p>
<p>Thank you! I felt the same about leather projects...but my husband had all the stuff, so I busted it out and tried something simple to start! I'm ready to do more! :)</p>
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<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Awesome :) Looking great !</p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
I would put a leather strap or cover on the bottom to prevent the jar from slipping over time.
<p>Yes you could! So far, I've had no problems. :)</p>
<p>I love this. Thanks for sharing.</p><p>sunshiine </p>
<p>Thank you Sunshiine! :)</p>
<p>Love it</p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
<p>Nice job miss! I love how you stitched the sides up! :) </p>
<p>Thanks Holly! :) I love all your leatherwork projects, I was totally inspired! </p>
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