Sunday, September 9, 2018

Flannel Shirt Fall Coasters

I'm probably in the minority here but . . . I am not happy to see summer come to an end.  I've enjoyed taking the summer off from blogging, soaking in our extremely hot and dry summer, late nights in my gazebo, bike rides, outdoor concerts, grilling and eating outside and so much more! (So what do all of these things have in common? Yep, you can't do ANY of them around here in the winter!).  BUT, time marches on and fall is in the air so I'll concede and begin with a simple, inexpensive fall project!

What you'll need:
Flannel shirt or other medium weight fabric
Felt
Card stock or heavy paper for pattern 
Permanent marker or chalk 
Pinking Shears
You can use any fabric but I used an old, flannel shirt from Goodwill.  After washing and drying (You'll want to do this to any fabric you use.  If you don't preshrink, your coasters will wrinkle and shrink and distort if you decide to wash them.) I used a marker to trace my pattern onto the wrong side of the flannel.  I cut these with the pattern on the diagonal for interest.
My pattern was 4.25" square.  I cut two pieces of flannel for each coaster.
I used a silver marker to trace my smaller pattern onto the black felt.  
You'll need to cut one piece of flannel for each coaster.  They should be 3.75" square.
Sandwich and center the felt in between two pieces of flannel.  The flannel should be RIGHT sides OUT.
Stitch together using the 'feel' of the edge of the felt inside as your guide.  The fabric may shift giving you the uneven edges seen in the picture BUT, if you're following the felt square edge, that will give you a nice, even square.
Next, even the edges with pinking shears.  
Sew a seam from one corner to the other. Turn and do the same between the other two corners.
You could 'quilt' these with more lines if you want. I chose to just do these two lines of stitching.
I was able to make 18 coasters from one flannel shirt using the sleeves, fronts and back.
A great way to use those old flannels you may have laying around . . . simple, quick project!  If you need to or decide to wash these, the edges will fray nicely too!

How are you fluffing your nest for fall?  All at once or with just a few touches at a time?

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14 comments:

  1. Cute coasters, Lauren. Flannel seems to be making a comeback. I've been seeing them around stores again...

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  2. I'm with you in hating to see summer end. I am definitely not a fan of winter (never have been) so, although I do like fall for the most part, just knowing that it's a harbinger of what's to come makes me sad. I love your coasters - they're perfect for a gift for one of my friends who loves all things wool and plaid.

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  3. HELLO!! It was so good to see a post from you on my feeder. :}
    Sounds like you have really enjoyed your Summer, good for you!
    You know...there are a lot of great things we can do in the Winter too, well, I say that because Winter is my favorite season. :} Am I crazy or what?!
    I actually have a fire going right now, the animals were indicating that we needed one. HA!
    It's one of those dark days when it is trying to rain, so a fire just makes it feel better.

    Cute project!
    I have been slowly gracing our home with Fall accents and will finish it off before the month comes to an end.
    I am planning on going to Arizona to visit with mom at the end of the month for a couple of weeks, so I would like to have things done before I leave so I can enjoy it all when I return.

    Have a beautiful week ~

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  4. These are SO adorable, Lauren...what a neat way to re-purpose old flannel shirts as well! I wish I could share your enthusiasm about hanging on to the summer but here in the south, it has been pretty miserable and too hot to enjoy even the activities you described, with the exception of just a few nice days. Now, we just have to worry about dodging the hurricanes...AHHHH! Thanks for sharing this darling idea and great tutorial. Have a great week!

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  5. These are really cute, Lauren. I love flannel plaid and who doesn't need coasters -- what a great gift this would make! Very nice indeed!

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  6. These are so adorable...a really nice switch from ones we use every day...
    thanks for showing us how to do them.
    I've not put out one bit of fall...too hot here in Texas..flowers still blooming, lawns still nice and green...leaves not changing...and still using the pool daily.

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  7. Well, aren't these just the cutest and so perfect for fall. I love them, my friend :)

    I hope you have a most wonderful week. Love and hugs to you!

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  8. Hello!
    Welcome back!
    And, for the record, I love fall too!!!!

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  9. I know you've enjoyed spending your time outside, Lauren, and I'm happy for you. We are finally catching some cooler temperatures and I'll be able to enjoy some outdoor time, too. Your flannel coasters are just perfect for Fall. wish I could join you for a cup of tea.

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  10. Oh, how pretty! You are so good at coming up with the neatest ideas! Who would have ever thought of such a useful thing to do with flannel shirts ~ just an amazing idea, as always, sweet friend. Praying for you and sending hugs your way!

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  11. What a nice crafty thing to make! Make great stocking stuffers, too! (I always start early and I'm talking myself into the fact that winter will be here, eventually. I do not like it either and LOVE SUMMER!)

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  12. Lauren, what a wonderful crafty way to repurpose an old flannel garment! I don't have any old flannel to use, but I just might go down and buy some new fabric to make these.

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  13. Hi my name is Karen and I spotted your blog thru Stephanies' "Enchanted Rose blog~ I stopped in and saw these great coasters and wanted to thank you for such a lovely idea. I have some special shirts in mind for just such a project : ) (I was wondering if the outside seam is supposed to 'catch' the inner piece of felt, or stay just outside of it?)
    Anyway, thank you so much for sharing this! God bless, karen o

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  14. Such wonderful cozy coasters theses are! Perfect for fall...and you'll always have something to remind you of that shirt. :)

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