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Project

Felt Coasters

These coasters were inspired by snowflakes. Their no-sew design makes them an easy project for holiday gifts.

Materials

  • 5-inch squares of white and colored felt
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Iron
  • Fusible webbing
  • Pinking shears
  • Large tin can

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Start with 5-inch squares of white and colored felt. On colored felt, pencil in lines from corner to corner; connect midpoints from side to side. Mark several points at equal distances along lines with ruler.

  2. Step 2

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    Fold each line in turn; punch holes in folds at these points with hole punches. Keep holes 1 inch away from edges.

  3. Step 3

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    Iron a square of fusible webbing between white and colored felt. (Place felt with marks facedown.) Trim edges of squares with pinking shears, or trace a large tin can and cut felt into circles.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2002

Reviews (17)

  • Ceege 29 Nov, 2011

    My two cents worth about the confusion about punching the holes in this craft. If you look at picture 2, you see the coaster in full view, but also right below that (still picture 2), the square is folded in a triangular shape and holes punched along the lines. Once done, you then "fold" your coaster on another line and punch holes. Continue to punch until the coaster is completed.

  • craftgirl_a 29 Nov, 2011

    My [filtered word] punch did about cut about 2/3 of the circle but I just finished cutting them out with scissors. It only added about an hour onto the project. I made 6 in a couple of hours. I also did not have the fusible webbing so I hot glued them together. I don't see why it won't hold up. Very easy project and a great way to use leftover felt.

  • Katjewave 29 Nov, 2011

    To Imperna, Did you use pinking shears meant for sewing or the decorative edging scissors for scrapbooking? A rotary cutter should also work on felt. Something you might want to try is ironing the colored felt onto freezer paper to make it a bit more stable. Hope that helps :-)

  • Nannysc1 29 Nov, 2011

    Ellen, I interpret #2 to mean that you only punch one line at a time, rather than attempting to make all folds and then try to cut. They look so pretty in the photos, I'm going to try making them. Best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas!

  • ellen97 29 Nov, 2011

    I do not understand direction #2. I get that you fold the fabric on the lines you make, but when it says to punch holes on these points - what points? Can someone help me understand the 2nd direction. Also - I know that stiffer felt is made. Perhaps that would work better for this project? I found it is easier to cut and perhaps easier to punch. Thank you.

  • lmperna 27 Nov, 2010

    I thought this would be a fun holiday craft to do with my sisters but was I ever wrong. The paper punch did not work on the felt so we had to purchase a screw punch and the pinking shears did not work well on the felt either. By the time we were finished with just one each they looked like they had been made by children instead of grown women! Very, very frustrating.

  • Sheryll 14 Nov, 2010

    My [filtered word] punch will not work on fabric either. And you need to use fusible webbing, not interfacing. And make sure you have a throw away fabric on your board when you fuse the two, cause it will ruin your board cover.

  • mabel888 28 Jan, 2008

    A crop-a-dile would be great for this project. It has two size [filtered word] option. If anyone is planning to purchase one - make sure you check out prices, I've seen it cheapest on a well know tv shopping channel.

  • Heatherdu 23 Jan, 2008

    I thought this project would be great to do with my boys to make holiday gifts for their teachers. I bought all the supplies and decided to make a test coaster myself. Wow, am I glad that I tried myself first. The project is too difficult for a child as it was almost too difficult for me! My [filtered word] punch broke on the second coaster so I ended up going back to Michael's to buy the screw punch that I had seen Martha use on the show when making felt stockings. I ended up making all of the gifts

  • mamina51 21 Jan, 2008

    it is a lovely idea and i enjoyed doing it

  • mamina51 21 Jan, 2008

    it is a lovely idea and i enjoyed doing it

  • sandrakerrigan 21 Dec, 2007

    It did not work for me to iron on the interfacing first; I still cannot punch through. Anybody else have any ideas to create the pattern? So much for investing in 3 different sized [filtered word] punches!

  • ColletteR 1 Dec, 2007

    Origamidoll, do you think it would work better if you ironed on the interfacing first? I was thinking that it would make the felt more stable and, if you wanted to use a different base color than white, by punching through both the top felt and the interfacing, you wouldn't see the interfacing. Just a thought.

  • origamidoll 30 Nov, 2007

    I think i will try to make snowflake coasters. Most decorative punches don't do a great job on fabrics/felt. I have had some luck supporting the fabric above and below with thin card while punching. Anyone know of a punch brand that works on fabric? Or do I have to resort to a craft knife?

  • AmyBrown 29 Nov, 2007

    I have been looking for an easy coaster project for the kids to make for grandmothers' Christmas baskets! Perfect.

  • DecorDelights 29 Nov, 2007

    How elegant a piece of felt can look!

  • skporto 29 Nov, 2007

    This looks like the perfect Christmas gift for my Sunday School class (older ladies). Cheap and easy Thanks so much