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Today I’d like to share a quick and easy tutorial for making felt and fabric drink coasters. A set of these would make a fabulous hostess gift during the holidays. Not everyone wants a fruitcake, you know. :)

For my coasters I’m using the motifs from my Holiday Tea Towel. Each tea towel has 2 each of 4 different elements and are ready to be cut out and stitched. Of course you can use any other fabric you’d like for the coasters instead.

What You’ll Need (makes 8 coasters) My Holiday Tea Towel -or- fabric scraps from your stash Double sided fusible webbing, such as Steam a Seam Lite Several colors of wool blend felt, about 1/4 yard total for 8 coasters Embroidery floss Decorative shears, such as scalloped or pinking

1) Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse a piece of webbing to the wrong side of each motif. Cut out the each of the fused circles on the dotted line. (circles are about 3 1/4″ in diameter)

2) Peel the paper backing off of the fabric circles. Center each circle, webbing side down, onto a piece of felt at least 1” bigger in diameter than the circle. Cover with a press cloth and fuse together with a warm iron. Using embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the edge of the fabric ornament circle.

3) Next, fuse a second piece of webbing to the back of the stitched felt. Peel the paper backing off and place the work webbing side down, onto a second piece of felt in a contrast color. Cover with a press cloth and fuse together with a warm iron. Trim the felt layers around the circle with decorative shears, leaving an even border of felt.

Using two layers of felt not only covers the back of your blanket stitching, but it gives each coaster a nice cushion-y heft. And what’s not to like about that extra pop color. Love!

One of my favorite things about these coasters is that they look like PA Dutch folk art “hex signs“, a common sight on Pennsylvania Dutch barns in central and eastern Pennsylvania. A little folksy, a little modern and just plain pretty.

You’ll find my Holiday Tea Towels in my etsy shop both as a single listing and as a special discounted double listing until Thanksgiving. Many thanks to those of you who have already ordered yours! I’m happy to hear that so many of you plan to craft your towel into the holiday pillow and ornaments. And now you have a 3rd crafting option to try! P. S. You can refer to my Felt Lore post about cutting tools to read my thoughts about decorative shears. If you don’t have any, you may opt to cut your coasters’ felt borders with straight shears and add another row of blanket stitching around the outside edge. Just as pretty! P. S. Again: check out this Crafty Christmas Link-up from Bugs and Fishes! Thanks, Laura, for including mine!

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  • Mad

    They are so pretty! I’ll have to hunt out some decorative shears now, I only have pinking shears.

    • Betz White

      Thanks! They take a little practice but they have a beautiful effect on felt.

  • Pam in IL

    Great idea! I love seeing the Santa mug too. I used to have one when I was a kid.

    • Betz White

      We did too! I got that santa mug on ebay when I was feeling nostalgic. :)

  • anne

    Adorable Betz! They look great – and yes, that santa mug is to die for!

  • Saraccino

    Oh, they are really cute! Especially the stacking of two different colours of felt looks so great! :)

    • Betz White

      Colorful felt, it needs to be mixed and matched!

  • Alessandra Poggiagliolmi

    love them!!!
    thank you for sharing these little beauties,
    xxxxx Ale

  • Sara M

    Cute tutorial… thank you for sharing!
    Sara x
    http://www.CraftsofTexture.com

  • Raphaele

    How smart and lovely. I love everything about these coasters, specially the use of your fabric pattern and the double colour layers. Love love love.

  • Alex - Hydrangea Girl

    I must say, I was amazed at how simple and straight forward your tutorial is. When I saw your project on Laura’s page, I thought woah. I cannot possibly do that. But what an awesome and effective project! Huge impact.

    xx A

    • Betz White

      The simplicity of felt and fusible webbing go a long way! :)

  • Rebeca

    Simples e lindo!

  • sarah

    Hi Betz,

    Your work is really lovely and they are very tastefully captured in photos.

    We are working on an E book with illustrated tutorials of 200 and more stitches. We want to feature some samples from our readers as well. You had pinged back to our website. If it is okay with you, we would like to consider using one of the images in this page to feature in our E book. All due credits will be given. Please let us know.

    Best regards,
    Sarah

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