I'm now able to share the full tutorial from my Craftseller Magazine feature at the end of last year. This might be a fun one to try out with the kids over the school holidays as it's super easy and a good introduction to sewing, whether you use the machine or not.
You will need:
Fabric scraps (the sort of pieces you get in scrap packs are ideal)
Squares of black felt (1 per coaster) measuring approximately 9cm square
White or cream thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Place the square of felt on a table and cut strips from your fabric scraps – they should cover an area at least 1cm larger than the felt all around and need to overlap with one another by the same amount.
Pin each of the strips together and stitch on the machine with the white or cream thread and a seam allowance of about 1cm. Tie in and trim off the excess thread.
Press all seams open.
Fold in each edge so as to create a patchwork square which is slightly smaller than your piece of felt. Pin, then machine stitch just inside the edge to hold it in shape.
Pin the patchwork square to the felt one and trim the felt to match neatly if necessary.
Use the black thread to join the two pieces together using a blanket stitch.
And you've finished! I just made a pair but you could easily make a larger set, or some matching table mats. You can get scraps of my fabrics in my Etsy shop.
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