When we spotted these wood stump coasters from Sewing Barefoot they just seemed like a must for preparing for the season of cozy. Shannon’s free template also makes them a cinch to cut out and sew. Yes, even a beginner sewist can take a stab at these. Bring a set of them to a holiday party for the hostess, and keep an extra set for yourself. I made a few felt leaf coasters last year and they’ve been holding up great. I think now I need some of these to add to the mix.
To cozy-up your home a little more, try making these Knit Cacti – they add a bright touch of green throughout these colder seasons, and they’ll never die! Shannon also has great tutorials for an iPad Stand that is incredibly handy, and for creating Hidden Storage with Books. Now, let’s curl up by the virtual yule log fire and start sewing up these cuties.
Learn how to make DIY Wood Stump Coasters after the jump…
Last season, I participated in the Pinterest Challenge hosted by YHL & Bower Power (this time includes Ten June & Centsational Girl too). It’s so fun to see everyone’s ideas and inspiration come to life, so I decided I’d give it another go. Last time I linked up my It’s A Cinch bag… so this time I decided I’d do a smaller scale project.
I saw these adorable apple coasters on Pinterest [of course] and loved them so much I decided that I’d make some. However, I began thinking about it and knew that apples probably weren’t the best choice of coasters for our house for everyday use. I brainstormed a few minutes and landed on the tree stump coaster idea. They definitely are more our “everyday” style and they were fun and easy to make:
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
-felt (in a variety of “tree stump” colors)
–my “tree stump coaster” template
-coordinating thread (not pictured)
-sewing machine or hand needle
 Repeat this step with the lighter felt and “inner wood stump” template. You will need 1 inner tree stump per coaster.
 If you choose to embellish your stumps with a twig and leaves… here was my method:
Using my sewing machine, I chose a stitch that looked the veins and stitched onto a piece of green felt. Keeping the thread tails connected, I cut them into the shape of a leaf. *** Be sure to keep the thread tails connected because you’ll use them to attached your leaves ***
 Cut a small curved piece of dark felt for your twig. Pin together your outer stump, twig & inner stump and sew together on your sewing machine. I started with the outer edge of the wood grain and circled around to the middle (making sure to capture my twig so it would be secured to the rest of the coaster).
This part is fun because it doesn’t have to be perfect – in fact, I tried to make some irregular lines to make the veins look more realistic.
 Finally, hand stitch the leaves to the twigs for the final touch. Repeat steps 3-5 on your remaining coasters… then have a drink! Maybe some mint tea?