Oh how I love this set of coasters!
Coasters are a bit of an issue for me.
I have a glass of ice water within reach all day long. I have a lot of potter friends – so most of my cups and glasses are lovely to look at and delightful to hold, but completely uninsulated so they sweat like crazy.
I’m always seeing pretty, pretty coaster tutorials online – and I’ve made a few. But the fabric ones (which are what I love to make) just catch the water and hold it in place. They usually soak completely through, so instead of getting a ring on my furniture – I get a big blobby smear.
Then I had a bit of an epiphany. Maybe everyone else has already thought of this – but none of the tutorials I’ve read mention it and it was a new idea for me, so. . . what if I put something waterproof inside a coaster – to block the moisture from soaking through to the bottom? Of course! *smacks forehead* I could make some very pretty – and also completely functional – felt coasters! Happy dance!
Fast forward to today. My coasters are finally finished!
These are not hard to make – they only use very simple stitches – but they take a LOT of time. Luckily, they’re small and easy to schlepp around for some portable handwork to pull out at the doctor’s office, the park, on long car trips, etc.
So that’s your pattern. What about the materials?
Here’s what you need. . .
- 1 1/2 sheets wool-blend felt for the coasters (I used licorice)
- 4 squares of waterproof fabric for the inside of the coasters (I used scraps from some art aprons I used to make, but you could use anything waterproof like an old raincoat or shower curtain liner)
- small scraps of wool-blend felt in assorted colors for the flowers and butterflies
- embroidery thread in colors to match the felt
- Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy (optional)
- freezer paper (optional)
- size 8 embroidery needle (optional)
- Thread Heaven (optional)
Does that seem like a lot of stuff? Or maybe you’re just getting started and don’t have a lot of scraps? Then a materials kit might be just the thing for you! You’ll get all the felt you need, embroidery thread that matches it exactly, the liner fabric and the pattern already printed on freezer paper and Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy (aka The Magical Embroidery Stuff).
So there you are! Grab your pattern and some felt and thread in pretty colors and start stitching! It’s fun – and the finished coasters are so, so pretty.
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