Julie a fifty-something, married, full-time working mom of recent college grad Eric and college junior Ali. After two years, she is starting to discover some good things about the life of an empty nester: expanding from focus on the kids and career to her place in a larger world, with time to appreciate both natural and designed beauty. So she crafts and bakes now whenever the inspiration strikes…. why not?
I needed coasters for our high rise condo and have always liked fabric coasters. I searched online but couldn’t find fabric coasters that I really liked, so thought I’d try making some myself. I wanted to add an organic touch to our contemporary decor, so I chose to make coasters that mimic various leaves: maple, palm, gingko, etc.
2. Cut out a matching shape in a complementary felt color.
3. Embroidered the “veins” on the outward side of each felt leaf. I used both metallic and matte embroidery flosses.4. Hand stitched the two sides together (right sides out) and embellished with a crystal droplet bead for a little bling.
I love how they turned out! You can use different leaves or colors for different seasons. Or different holiday themes: Hearts, flowers, snowflakes, etc. Maybe even initials or words. They cost pennies to make and they’re both decorative and functional!