Citrus Coasters

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I was browsing the department store ads in the Sunday paper a couple of weeks ago when I was captivated by a lovely display of summery picnic dinnerware. When I saw coasters that looked like slices of oranges, lemons, and limes, my little DIY fairy said, “You should make some of those!” So off I went to the fabric store where, serendipitously, I spotted a lovely orange, lemon, and lime print on my way to purchase the felt I’d need. How fun is that!!! :)

Here’s how I made the coasters:

  • Cut out three sizes of circles. The smallest and largest are from colored felt, and the middle is white. (I used the bottom of a yogurt carton, my trusty peanut butter lid, and a random lid from my container drawer for templates.)
  • Handstitch the small circle onto the white circle using matching embroidery floss.
  • With white embroidery floss, stitch three criss-crossing lines across the colored circle.
  • Glue the now-attached pieces to the larger circle to cover up the stitches, and trim all the way around with pinking shears.

For a gift, make four of each and tie them together with a pretty orange, yellow, or green ribbon. Or, if you’re lucky enough to find some fabulous fruity fabric, you can make a simple little drawstring bag to gift them in. They’re so fun, easy, and colorful . . . you’ll love making your own! ♥

Citrus Collage

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  1. I’m going to steal that clothspin idea for embroidery flosses I have stacked up in a pile, so tidy with a place to hold the loose tail. Your coasters would be cute at a Summer party, I can almost hear the icecubes clinking in the glasses.

    • Oh, thank you! And I LOVE!!! having my embroidery floss on clothespins. I keep them in a huge ceramic bowl my mom made and it’s pretty enough for a centerpiece. And now it sounds like I need to plan a party! :)

    • You know, I was just thinking about that . . . maybe some fall leaves . . . Christmas ornaments . . . hearts . . . :) I love *portable* hand-sewing projects so that just might work! :)

    • THANK YOU!!! That is so kind of you! And the lovely *button* you passed on is now on my sidebar with a big THANK YOU to you . . . plus it links back to your blog when clicked! :) Keep up the great work on your blog . . . it’s very inspiring! :) Best, Katherine

  2. The possibilities are endless with these. I like the idea of make some for fall and christmas. What kind of felt is that. I have been wanting to try using felt for pillow appliques. I made several with craft felt – the cheap sheets you get for less than a dollar. They looked good at first but now are very ugly and worn looking (after only a few moths of use). Do you have any idea for higher quality felt and what exactly should I be looking for? I don’t want the highest end most expensive, but something more sturdy and better than those felt sheets.

    • I got this at JoAnn. It was sold by the yard (around $4.99 a yard if I remember right). Near it was some REALLY nice felt for $14.99 a yard, but I’m really happy with what I got. Good luck! :)

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