A very short post to show you one of the gifts I made for my family this Christmas – felt coasters. I came across a blog post about geometric coasters by Ciera Design on Pinterest that inspired me. However, cutting all of the individual hexagons she uses became overwhelming right away so I created my own larger designs.
I used my paper cutter to cut 4″ x 4″ squares out of a stiff felt fabric. I then created paper patterns that I traced with marker onto the softer contrasting felt pieces so that I could cut them out by hand. I used a fabric glue to glue down the contrasting pieces on the stiff coaster bottom. Below you can see a sampling of the coasters I made. I created 6 sets in all. Still have to make myself a set!
I have a set of coasters that are made of felted wool (knitted by me of course). They are very absorbent and make great coasters. They also attract cats like crazy. In the middle of the night, one of our cats steals the felted wool coasters and leaves them on the floor in the hallway.
Using a multi-colored wool yarn that had been given to me as a gift, I recently knitted up a rectangle and felted it. Felting rarely turns out a perfect square, so I had to trim the edges to make a coaster.
I rolled up the extra felted material, added a bow and call my creation a cat toy. So, dear cats, stop stealing my coasters!
So after seeing this blog post from the Mother Nature Network I decided it would be a good way to use up my champagne corks that won’t work in the wine cork bath mat I have planned for an unplanned future date. I mean, the blog post makes it sound so easy.
I sliced up the champagne and beer corks into circles and glued them down to some plastic disks that I cut out of some lids saved from yogurt containers and other such things. So far I’ve completed three coasters.
The lessons I’ve learned so far are:
- Cutting corks a uniform width is freaking hard
- I’m good at cutting my finger nails with a knife
- The glue doesn’t hold forever, one of the first ones I made already lost a cork
- This might not be the best way to use up these corks 😦