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Felt Patchwork Table Mat Tutorial

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The lovely Laura Howard of Bugs and Fishes had a little clear out recently and I bought a small pile of felt from her. It's very lovely and lots of nice colours but I didn't have anything in mind to make with it (I know, I know - this is the beginning of the end, they won't find me being slowly eaten by dogs, they'll find me under a heap of fabric and ribbons...). Anyway, I had a think about my current hexagon obsession and patchwork and thought I'd try and combine these with felt to make a set of table mats. This was super quick and you could easily make some coasters to go with it, if you fancy. DSC_9581

To make the table mats you will need:

A few pieces of felt in your chosen colours

Black felt for the reverse

Paper pattern pieces (I use this site to create my hexagons - it's free!) - you can make the hexagons any size you like - mine are quite large at 5cm but you could just as easily make these with more, smaller hexagons.

Needle, thread and pins

Sewing machine (optional).

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Start by cutting your paper hexagon pieces as above (so 1 full hexagon, 1 half and 1 quarter). Then, to make 2 mats - cut 4 full hexagons in your main colour (I used red) and 2 in your second colour (lilac), 8 half hexagons in your third colour (beige) and 8 quarter hexagons in your second colour (lilac).

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Lay them all out to check the positioning, and measure the full layout before cutting 2 rectangles from your black felt to match (for the backing) - set these to one side.

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Then simply start stitching the pieces together. I started with the 3 hexagons then filled in with the half hexagons before finishing with the quarter pieces.

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Smooth the completed piece out and then pin to the black backing felt (I just held it in place with 2 pins to stop it moving).

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Then stitch all around on the machine (or by hand) with a 0.5cm allowance.

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And you've finished!

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I definitely think they would benefit from a set of matching coasters, or perhaps some larger mats for the centre of the table (or you could make a set of 6 or 8 rather than the 2 I made). You could also be more adventurous with the colours if you like or go monochrome!

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Now to think of some more ideas for the rest of my felt stash...