With a yard of ultrasuede and a few minutes' time, you can create an elegant set of place mats and coasters.
Tools and Materials
1 yard of ultrasuede
Metal belt punches
Adhesive, such as Heat N Bond
Ultrasuede Place Mats and Coasters How-To
1. For the place mats, measure and mark six 12-by-18-inch rectangles. Cut them out using the rotary cutter or scissors. Use the belt punches and the mallet to create a dot pattern on both sides of the place mat (try a few practice punches on a small scrap of the fabric first). If you choose, vary the size of the belt punches to create a more intricate effect.
2. To make the coasters, cut eight 4 1/2-inch squares from the remaining ultrasuede. Fuse two of the layers together using the adhesive and the iron. Cut the adhesive to the same size as the fabric squares, and place it, glue side down, on the wrong side of the fabric. Set your iron on the "silk" setting, and press the ultrasuede for 4 or 5 seconds, until the adhesive turns milky. Repeat with remaining squares. Let cool for 15 seconds, and peel the paper backing from the adhesive.
3. Use the belt punches to punch a pattern into the top layer of fabric and adhesive. Place the top square on another square. Increase your iron setting to "wool," and using a press cloth, press until the layers fuse, about 30 seconds. Use the rotary cutter to trim the edges.