As is our tradition, the girls all made gifts for each other
and their mother. Not all were done with
embroidery – one girl made a night stand for her sister’s American Girl
doll. Another Mod Podged fabric flowers
on an old suitcase that was the just the right size for her sister’s
laptop. The gifts for Mom, however, all
included using the embroidery or sewing machine. We will share these over the next few months
since they are all pretty quick and easy.
The first is a set of quick and easy coasters that match the décor of
their living room made by our eight-year-old.
We’ll share the stipple design we used below.
Here is what you need for each coaster
Two 5” squares of decorator weight fabric (plain cotton
would probably work as well)
One 5” square of thin, fairly dense batting
Cut away stabilizer
White embroidery thread (or color of your choice)
Stipple style embroidery design (you can download the one we used at the end of the blog below)
Here is what you do
1. Wind a
bobbin with the same thread you will be using in the needle.
2. 2. Load the embroidery design.
3. 3 Hoop cut-away stabilizer in a 5 X 7 hoop.
4. 4. Embroider the placement stitch square onto the
5. 5. Slide the first décor fabric square, face down,
underneath making sure that it is centered, covering the placement stitches.*
6. 6. On top lay first batting square and then, face
up, the other décor fabric square centering to cover the placement stitching.
7. 7. Stitch the rest of the design. Remove the hoop from the machine and the
stabilizer from the hoop.
8. 8. Using pinking shears trim evenly about ¼”
outside the stitching.
9. 9. Repeat to make as many coaster as you desire (we
*Note for step 5: you could also slide the hoop off, flip it
over and lay on a flat surface and use a temporary adhesive to adhere the
bottom fabric square.
We put these in a small basket
that we had received sometime earlier and tied coordinating ribbons on the
handle. Mom loved her new matching
coaster and displays them proudly on a small table in the living room.
Shh! For Valentine’s day she is going to make a
candle mat using the same stipple pattern.
The instructions will not change just the size.