I’m always looking for projects to make in an attempt to get rid of fabric scraps I don’t know what to do with. I feel so bad throwing fabric away because of it’s impact on the environment but haven’t been able to find a place that takes fabric scraps yet. So one day this past December, I came home from work early and an idea hit me. I decided to use some of the scraps (from what’s becoming a very overwhelming pile!) to make coasters as Christmas gifts this year. Here is how I made them.
- Scrap fabric- (Ideally a stable woven of some kind. I used flannel to fit the winter season.)
- 1/8″ thick sheet of cork (Tip- try to go to your local craft store if you can seeing as it’s about triple the price on Amazon to compensate for the free shipping that comes with Prime.)
- Two circles to trace, one slightly smaller than the other. For my bigger circle, I used a container of dried cranberries that measures 4 3/4″ in diameter and for the smaller circle, I used the lid of a candle that measures 4″ in diameter.
- Fabric scissors
- Craft scissors
- Mod Podge
- Cheap brush
- Iron your fabric (this will make it much easier to handle) and use the larger circle template to trace as many circles as you like, one circle for each coaster. Use your fabric scissors to cut them out.
2. Use your brush to apply a generous, but even amount, of Mod Podge to each circle and then press it onto your sheet of cork. Since the fabric was cut in the shape of a circle, the bias of the fabric may cause it to stretch and misshapen. Don’t worry about it though, this will be corrected later using the smaller circle template.
3. Let dry for 30 minutes. (The fabric absorbs the Mod Podge much more than paper would, which means more is needed and drying time is longer.)
4. Apply generous, but even amount, of Mod Podge as a top coat. Let dry for one hour.
5. Cut out each circle.
5. Use chalk to trace the smaller circle template onto the cork side of your coasters.
6. Cut coasters around new edge.
This is what your coasters should look like when you’re all done! The only thing left is to get some ribbon and tie each set of coasters together to gift to a friend/family member or forget the ribbon altogether and keep them for yourself!
I decided to include these in gifts for my Aunts and Uncles this Christmas along with a pretty mug from Anthropologie and some good ol’, classic Swiss Miss. I think they went over pretty well.