At this time of the year it is not uncommon to get a quick invite to see a friend or maybe a cousin that we have not seen in a while. It’s always nice to have something on hand that you can use for a hostess gift. There are any number of quick gifts out there, but one that I have found to be fun to make and always appreciated are coasters. I have come up with these easy to make coasters with a little added kick.
You can print your pattern for the snowman and star HERE.
I used leftover pieces of a variety of Christmas fabrics. It seems that I have accumulated quite a bit over the years. If you are like me it does not matter how much is in the cupboard, each year new and cuter fabrics are available.
Cut two rectangles each 6″ tall by 5″ wide for each coaster. Trim with a pinking shears. This gives us a nice edge that will not need any additional finishing. For this set I am making 4 coasters.
One side with a snowman or star and the other side without a cut out. I fused the star and the snowman with Wonder Under. I get mine by the bolt at JoAnn’s when it goes on sale. For these little holiday coasters I also used Mulling Spices.
After cutting my shapes out of fabric I cut the same shapes out of my fusible web. Be sure when you fuse the webbing to your shape, that the paper side is UP or you will have fusible web all over your iron. I can tell you from personal experience that is a real mess. Let your appliqué cool just a bit before peeling the paper backing off.
Because these are coasters, I simply fused my shape to my coaster front. If you like you can appliqué around the edges of your shape.
I added two tablespoons of mulling spices to each of my coasters. From my 2 oz jar I got 4 coasters. I used mulling spices because that was what I had on hand. You can also use whole cloves or any other aromatic spice. Finish sewing your side seam. Just shake your spices around so that they are evenly distributed. When you place your warm cup of tea on the coaster, the spices give off a warm aroma.
I tied by coasters together with a piece of glitter tulle. You can use ribbon or maybe even a piece of twine for more of a country look.
Happy Sewing, Donna
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