Honestly, making leather coffee sleeves was one of the main reasons I wanted a GlowForge. There are a couple of local coffee shops that sell locally made items on consignment, and I know leather items sell well here in Texas Hill Country! I decided on two pieces sewn together so that it would easily fold up and tuck away into a purse or whatever without bending the leather itself. It was made with Medium Proofgrade Leather.
I’m sorry I didn’t have a proper to-go coffee cup at the ready to model this thing. I also can’t seem to find my scissors to trim the thread. But it’s basically finished!
Front: “You belong among the wildflowers”
Creating the template for this was a little tricky for me. I searched online for coffee sleeve .SVG’s, but none of them were exactly how I wanted them. I had a Starbucks sleeve still laying around from when I attempted leather working by hand (which did not go well, but I’m notoriously impatient when learning new things). I traced it onto paper, put that paper into the GF and used the trace feature. It was a little wonky so I used it as a guideline while drawing new straight and curved lines in AI. I also added some holes to make the lacing easier. I realized only after it started engraving that I missed a step in AI with the text (which is why it has little light spots in the letters) but I kind of like the looks of it like that.
This was also my first time staining and finishing leather, so go easy on me! I know it will get easier with practice.
FYI, I still have the half-sleeve template (without the text or designs) as an SVG file, that I may upload to the Free Laser Designs section if anyone is interested.