As the weather gets colder what is better than a hot cup of tea/coffee on a cold morning? With my new found love of warm coffee mugs on a cold morning, I created a set of fabric scrap coasters to keep my coffee cup company.
This was a fairly simple and frugal project because I used fabric left over from an old (and failed) project (yeah, I know, more on that failed project at a later date).
These coasters turned out really, well I think,– here are the steps I took to make them:
- I took a piece of fabric and accordion folded it making sure that the top and bottom edges of the fabric are free. Doing this allows me to cut through more than one layer of fabric at the same time, so I am able to cut 2-3 yards of fabric quickly.
- Then I cut the fabric (through all the layers) into 1 inch strips leaving ~1 inch on the end so that strips were all still connected (think about those mazes from grade school). It is important the the ends are left free in step 1 so that you don’t cut all the way through the fabric (because then you would end up with disjointed strips). However, it is not important that the strips are a perfect width all the way through, no rulers for this part, eyeballs work just fine.
- Then I rolled my fabric strips into a ball (just like yarn) and started crocheting in a circle. Crochet in the round is just slightly more complicated than straight crochet you can find a great tutorial on crochet in the round at this link.
I made 4 of these puppies,,, err… rather… coasters. Each one takes about 1/2 yard of fabric so I used ~2 yards total for this project. I found that fabric is a pretty forgiving crochet medium so even if you aren’t very experienced in the art form yet, I suggest you give it a try. Since the fabric is pretty rugged (more so than most yarn) if you make a mistake you can just rip it out and try again.
So a certain percentage of you are all asking… “um… how do I crochet?” well, youtube is your friend on this one–check out this basic crochet tutorial.
To finish off the piece, I wrapped some twine around my set of 4, the texture of the twine blends nicely with the fuzzy texture of the coaster.
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