Monday, December 28, 2009

How To Make An Easy Felt Holiday Coaster

For the past few months, I have been teaching my teenage nieces how to do some hand sewing and embroidery recently we decided to stitch up some Christmas holiday coasters from felt. These are really easy to make and great for a beginner. They are also the perfect size to tuck inside a holiday greeting card. You will need to add an additional stamp to your envelope if you are doing that!

We decided to do ours in the traditional Christmas colors of red, green and white. This is a great take-along project too, since it is all done with hand sewing.

Supplies Needed:

Red, Green and White Craft Felt
Red and Green Cotton Embroidery Floss
Sewing Needle

Pattern: We drew a free-handed one niece says its a Christmas Flower and the other one says its a star LOL! Ours measures approximately 4 1/4" in diameter which is the perfect size for a coaster.

Directions: You will cut 2 flowers from red colored felt. From green felt, you will need one circle that measures 2" in diameter and from white felt you will need one circle that measures 1" in diameter.

Using two strands of red embroidery floss, blanket stitch the white circle to the center of the green circle, fasten off. Using red embroidery floss, blanket stitch the green circle to the center of your flower. (see photo for placement) Fasten Off. Place both red flower pieces together and using two green strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch the two pieces together...going around the entire circumference of the flower/star and then fasten off. Your coaster is now complete.

Fasten Off: When we fasten off, we hide the ends of our embroidery floss inside the felt sections so that they are not visible on the outside of the coaster.

Tips: You can use regular crafting felt or wool felt...although for these we used regular craft felt. When doing your blanket stitching, don't pull your stitches too tightly as it will cause your coaster to want it to lay nice and flat.

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