If that title sounds like an odd combination, I have a story to tell you that might change your mind about that. A couple of months ago, I was contacted through Etsy by a bride-to-be named Jill. She had spotted a coffee cup sleeve in my shop that she thought would be a perfect wedding day gift for her groom, who is a fan of both comics and coffee. Sounds like a good guy to me. She was also looking for a blindfold to have him wear for their first look before the ceremony. She wondered if there was something I could do to make both of those happen, and also add some embroidery to the inside as a special message to her guy. Those of you who have followed this blog for a while, you might realize my mind immediately went to my gallery of Coffee Sleeve of the Month projects. Bonus points if you can guess exactly which one without peeking.
When Jill mentioned she wanted it to be a mask, I thought this pattern would be a the perfect place to start. I made some alterations, like straightening out the top and rounding the bottom a bit more, which made it look less like glasses and more like the mask we were going for.
Because it would still need to function as a coffee sleeve when the wedding was over, I made it as I always do, with a button and small elastic loop. To create the ability to wear it, I simply tied a shanked button onto a longer piece of elastic and added a loop to the opposite end. Easy to add to the sleeve…
…and easy to remove.
Leaving it ready to wrap around a hot cup of coffee.
As I mentioned, I added a bit of embroidery at the bride’s request. It was adorable, but I’m going to leave that as a private wink between the happy couple.
A few days ago, I was thrilled to receive photos from the bride of the mask in use! With her permission, along with a gracious okay from her photographer, Studio A Images, I’d like to show them to you. Who doesn’t love a great wedding pic?
I think this shot is just adorable…waiting patiently for his lovely bride.
This one makes me happy. Aside from the mask, would you look at that gorgeous hair? Hers, of course, although his is pretty dapper as well.
I love my job. My goal is always a happy customer who loves his or her new accessory, and nothing is more satisfying to me than hearing that’s the case. But it’s not every day I get to work on something that’s going to be part of The Big Day. It was so fun, and I’m grateful to Jill and Studio A Images for allowing me to share the whole story!