Fabric & Felt Coasters

Main Use your scraps of printed fabric, small pieces of felt and a little freehand machine stitching to make these coasters. The free-hand technique is super easy – just like colouring in with your sewing machine. Choose a printed fabric then outline and extend the design with contrast stitching. By Judy Newman

Materials

Printed fabrics, small pieces
Felt, preferably wool in colours to complement the fabrics
Threads: general purpose threads and machine embroidery threads are both suitable

Here’s how:

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For each coaster, cut one piece of fabric 8.5cm square and one piece of felt 12cm square. Position the fabric in the centre of the felt then pin in place.

 

 

 

 

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Beginning in the centre of the fabric and using your sewing machine, stitch, outlining the fabric design. I used a normal straight stitch on the sewing machine and an open toe foot which gives good visibility. To start and end your stitching, work a few very tiny stitches to avoid tying-off threads. Clip thread ends close to the stitching. The stitch setting is not free-motion stitching – the feed dogs were in the usual position (not down); as this is a small piece of work it is easily manoeuvred.

 

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The back is starting to look interesting too. This thread is a variegated machine embroidery thread.

 

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This fabric print has a fine outline in the design which is a good starting point but as well as outlining, extend the stitching beyond the fabric onto the felt. Rather than trying to slavishly stitch around the fabric design, use it as a starting point to ‘sketch’ as if you were using a pencil to draw. When you are happy with the piece, straight-stitch around the fabric next to the raw edge. Trim the felt using pinking shears to finish.

 

 

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On this print, the central flower is just a starting point for the stitching. The print on this fabric has no outline so the stitching really adds another layer of design.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a glimpse of the back of another coaster. So quick, easy and fun, whip up a few sets for gifts.Final

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5 thoughts on “Fabric & Felt Coasters”

  1. Love these coasters! What a fabulous way to use the little scraps of fabric that I love too much to discard, but sit hidden in a box. When I make these coasters they will sit proudly on display for me to enjoy. Can’t wait to start!

    1. I actually did make a couple of these and they turned out excellent. I made them a bit longer, more like a “mug rug”. I only used acrylic felt, but it has washed really well. I’m thinking that I might put in a layer of microfibre or something to help soak up spills perhaps.

      1. Hi Kerry, Good to hear it, mine have had good use over summer – they do work really well. You could also put another layer of a plain fabric on the back too, although the two layers were really easy to stitch, Judy

  2. Love this simple effective idea! I am going to make some using Christmas fabrics with matching red or green felt which I have in abundance. The stitching on the back will look gorgeous if I can find Xmas tree or other icons small enough to stitch.
    This project would lend itself to any special occasion – Halloween, Easter, birthdays…my mind is buzzing! I am off to have some creative fun :-)

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