DIY: felt square coasters

I have been wanting to make this post for a LONG time because I love crafting and wanted to try writing a diy post. Some of you may have remembered a post I did, “felt coaster virtual art gallery I.” They were photographs of most, if not all, the felt coasters I’ve made. Some friends, relatives and co-workers received these as gifts for birthdays, holidays and celebration for a new home and they all thought these were cute. If you happen to make one yourself, please let me know! I’d love to see your creations! :) Also, this was really fun to write up and a good learning experience for me since I didn’t know the technical terms for the sewing techniques. I learn something new every day! Have fun!

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  • Ruler
  • Thread (color depends on your preference)
  • 2 square pieces of felt (4-inch or 10-cm each side) (any colors)
  • Additional felt for decorating (I’m using a heart shape piece) (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread (any color)
  • Pins (optional)
  • 2 Needles (1 for thread and 1 for the embroidery thread, refer to image below)

Ideal experience/technique: hand sewing or sewing machine, blanket stitch, running/straight stitch

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Assemble your pieces
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The red felt is hiding behind the blue one. First, we’re going to work on attaching the heart felt piece to the blue piece.
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I don’t usually use pins, but decided to use this time since they do keep the felt from moving.
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Sew a running/straight stitch all around the edge of the heart. I hand sew because I’m not familiar with sewing machines. Feel free to use one if you are.
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As you move along the edges, remove any pins in sections already sewed down. We want the felt to be flat and neat as possible.
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When you’ve finished, make sure to end at the back of the felt to hid any messy-looking knots.
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Voila! You’re done with the first part!
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Assemble the pieces again
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This time, attach the red felt piece to the blue one with pins.
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Start sewing a blanket stitch around the edges of the square pieces. Use the embroidery thread for this.

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Remember to take out the pins as you sew along.
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Voila! You’re almost done! We’re going to do a little bit of cleaning of the edges.
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Look at the corners and if you have any that look like this..
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…simply use scissors and cut that piece off. Be careful to cut just the felt and not the thread!
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You’re done! To be honest, I could have done better in sewing the heart edges and color choices, but I like it all the same!
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Here’s a photograph of the back. This is what it would look like if you didn’t add any additional felt.
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New friends/buddies!
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Here’s what it would look like being used.
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