Making a house your home is easy with a few simple decorating ideas. You want your home to be a part of you, to represent your style. While you can paint the interior the colors you want, you need something with more warmth and personalized. Cross stitched coasters are a great way to keep what's in your house nice and show the world your own style. You can stitch them in any color and once you get the basics down, you can add designs and words.
Coasters also make a great gift for new home owners and newlyweds. Below is a quick tutorial for making cross stitch coasters. This is a great first time project or a crafty night make and take project. Keep the pattern simple for beginners. Plastic coasters are also a great project for kids and art classes. The large plastic needle is the perfect size for little hands and the dull needle tip won't hurt them.
These coasters make great gifts for newlyweds, new home owners or group gifts. You can make a bunch up at one time and keep them on hand for last minute gifts. Once you have the tutorial down, expand on the shape and pattern. You can write messages, stitch your favorite flower or even a monogram. The best thing about this project is that you do not need a lot of fancy or expensive supplies to make these coasters. The majority of the supplies you should have in your craft room or kitchen.
Try different materials for different textures and styles. Once you have the tutorial down, you can stitch cross stitch coasters out of just about anything.
To make a Cross Stitch coaster, you will need the following:
- Duck Select Shelf Liner or Vinyl Aida (stitch over two on 14-count)
- craft foam (optional)
- large plastic tapestry needle
- yarn (using cheaper yarn is probably the best for your first try and do not use fuzzy yarn)
- Cross Stitch pattern
- Begin by choosing a pattern. I used the free Coaster Cross Stitch patterns. You can find many on the internet but remember to keep the size small and for the first time around, you might want to choose a simple pattern.
- Cut the shelf liner to the appropriate size. You will need two pieces for each coaster. These coasters will be square. Once you master the square coaster, you can make circle one.
- Stitch the motif on the shelf liner or vinyl Aida with the plastic needle and the yarn color of your choice. The shelf liner, like the vinyl Aida is graphed and thus easy to stitch and follow a pattern. You will not be stitching blindly when you use these two things.
- If desired, cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the coaster size.you can also just cute a piece of felt and glue it to the back of the stitched piece.
- Put the craft foam between the two pieces of liner or Aida and join them together using back stitch or whipstitch. You can add other embellishments at this time. Charms and beads are fun, but make sure that you can still use your coaster.
- Click on the image to see the completed coaster. This will give you an idea on what the finished project should look like.
- Use your coaster with your favorite beverage. The coaster will be surface washable. I would avoid placing extremely hot mugs or cups on the coaster.You can not throw this into the washing machine. The surface can be wiped down but not anything extreme. Do not use a harsh cleaning chemical to clean the surface. You may damage the coaster and the color in the floss may run.
These coasters are a fun group project. They are quick and easy to make. Don't limit yourself to a certain shape or style. Stitch outside of the box. Have fun!