DIY Felt Coaster
How to Make Felt Coasters
Coasters can prevent temperature damage from hot or cold drinks to your hardwood surfaces. Creating felt coasters is a fun arts and crafts project that you can enjoy regardless of your age. While the idea of a felt coaster seems simple, there are various approaches that you can take when creating one yourself. By following instructions and getting the right tools and materials, you can create simple felt coasters that will accent your living area and save your furniture from damage.
Making Modular Felt Coasters
Measure and cut out 4x4 in (101.6x101.6 mm) squares on your white felt.Draw a grid on your 18x18 inch (457.2x457.2 mm) sheet of white felt to create smaller 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) squares. If you measure properly and don't waste the felt, you can create 20 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) squares out of a single piece of 18x18 inch (457.2x457.2 mm) felt. After you've marked the lines with a pen or marker, proceed to cut the felt into squares.
Cut two 2x8 inch (50.8x203.2 mm) strips from your multicolored felt.Take your seven sheets of multicolored felt and create two 2x8 inch (50.8x203.2 mm) strips per color. You'll continue to cut these strips of felt to add as decorations over your 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) white square.
- You can buy multicolored felt in bundles at most craft stores or on online boutiques like Etsy.
Cut eight two inch (50.8 mm) squares per piece of felt from your strips.From each strip of felt, you should be able to cut out four 2x2 inch (50.8x50.8 mm) squares of different colored felts. These squares should be 1/4 the size of your 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) piece of white felt. These will act as your modular pieces or the pieces of felt that will lay over your 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) white squares.
Snip squares of colored felt in half, diagonally.This will create six triangles and will make your coasters look different and break up the shapes on their surface. Cut the triangles so that you end up with right triangles.
Pin your modular pieces onto your 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) squares.Get creative and lay your multicolored pieces over your white felt. Arrange the felt so that the surfaces of your felt coasters look unique and colorful. Use the smaller pieces in each corner of your coaster to create different designs.
- For example, you can have a pink triangle in the upper left, a blue square in the lower left, a red square in the upper right, and an orange triangle in the lower right.
Sew along the inner edges of your modular pieces.Once you're happy with the arrangement of your pieces, you can start to sew along the inner edges. Cut 18 inches (457.2 mm) of your cotton thread and thread it through the eye of your embroidery needle. Pierce the modular pieces and the white 4x4 inch (101.6x101.6 mm) square in order to hold them in place. For this step, you'll only need to sew the inner edges.
Turn your coaster over and stitch along the edge of the coaster.Instead of having to sew each modular piece all the way around, you can take a shortcut by turning the coaster over and sewing along the edge of the coaster. This will finish holding your modular pieces in place and will complete your project. After sewing, simply turn your coaster over and use it.
- Cut a 24 inch (609.6 mm) thread for this portion of the project.
Done!You can now use your modular felt coasters.
Creating Felt Coasters with Patterned Fabric
Measure and cut 3.5x3.5 in (88.9x88.9 mm) squares of felt and patterned fabric.Use a ruler or measuring tape to mark twelve squares of white felt, six squares of gray felt, and six squares of patterned fabric. Use fabric scissors or a rotary cutter to cut crisp, straight edges. All of your fabric pieces should be cut to 3.5x3.5 inch (88.9x88.9 mm) dimensions.
- Find a fabric that has a pattern that you like and want to use for your felt coasters.
- Washing your wool felt before use will make subsequent washes much easier.
Cut 2.5x2.5 inch (63.5x63.5 mm) square frames out of six pieces of white felt.These pieces of felt should look like frames and will be sewn over the surface of your felt coasters. Once you're done cutting the white squares of felt, you should have six pieces of plain white felt, six pieces of cut white felt, six pieces of your patterned fabric, and six pieces of a different colored felt.
Layer your pieces of felt and fabric over each other.Stack up your cut squares of fabric, starting with your solid white piece on the bottom, followed by your different colored felt squares, then your patterned fabric, and finally your white felt frames. This is what your felt coasters will look like once they are sewn together.
- You can pin your pieces of fabric together to make sewing them much easier.
- Make any adjustments to your coasters before you start to sew.
Sew the pieces together leaving a 3/8 inch (9.53 mm) seam allowance.Use a zig-zag or straight stitch when sewing your pieces of felt together using a sewing machine. Use a needle and thread if you don't have access to a sewing machine. Try to sew as much in the center of your white felt frames as possible to balance your felt coasters. You should have six coasters by the end of this project.
Done!You can now use your felt coaster with patterned fabric.
Creating Colorful Stacked Felt Coasters
Cut a circle out of your 3mm (0.12 inch) thick felt.The largest circle should be made with your 3mm (0.12 inch) thick felt. This will be the base of the coaster and will dictate how large or small the coasters are. Typically, the largest mugs are 4 inches (101.6 mm) wide, so you're going to want to make your coaster at least 4 inches (101.6 mm) in diameter.
- If you are having trouble cutting circles, you can purchase stencils that can help you.
Cut smaller circles out of two different colors of felt.Take your thinner, 1.5 mm (.06 in) thick felt and cut a smaller circle from one color of felt. Once you're done, take a different colored piece of felt and cut an even smaller circle. These felt pieces will layer on top of one another to create the design for your coaster.
Stack the circles on top of one another.Stack the circles on top of one another, with the largest circle being on the bottom. Arrange them however you want, whether that be centered or asymmetric. Once you're happy with how you've arranged them, you can get ready to sew them together.
Sew the circles together.The goal is to make the stitches look random, so your only goal is to make sure that the circles are tightly fastened to one another. Sew in a circle, starting from the second largest circle and go around multiple times. Continue to work your way closer into the center of your coaster until all three pieces are sewn together.
- When you're done sewing the circles together cut off the excess string.
- Precision is not required for this step.
- If you don't have a sewing machine you could stitch the circles together by hand, but it will take much longer.
Done!You can now use your colorful stacked felt coasters.
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