Disclosure: I received product and supplies to create this project. Some of which were samples to try. The choice to use and expressed opinions are 100% my own. Supplies listed include affiliate links. #ClassroomswithFelt
Fall is just around the corner and why not celebrate the new school year and the new season with DIY Felt Apple Coasters for your child’s favorite teacher? I’m excited to have been invited to participate in the Classrooms With Felt campaign with Laura Kelly and the Kunin Felt Group!
I love felt and by now you should know how I feel about Laura Kelly, nothing but love! So of course, I jumped at the chance to create a fun Teacher’s Gift using Laura Kelly’s Sizzix Apple Die!
Just a bit of background, I have been sewing for over 25 years (yikes, I feel old suddenly) so I know a little bit about fabric. I know that felt is available in a variety of thickness and materials. I usually use basic acrylic craft felt for my projects (instead of wool or cotton). But what I didn’t know was that the cut by the yard Kunin Eco-fi Plus™ Premium Felt is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles! How awesome is that? Kunin Felt Company makes all kinds of felt, even embossed felt! If you love to craft, take a peek at the Kunin Craft Blog where you can find awesome felt craft ideas posted by Laura Kelly and other Design Team Members.
Did you know that you can now find an expanded color line of Kunin Eco-fi Classicfelt™; Eco-fiPlus™ Premiumfelt and ShaggiChic non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart? Please inquire as to what is available in your area.
How to Make Felt Apple Coasters
Ok, now back to the project. Not only did Laura send me a stack of wonderful felt, but she sent me the Sizzix Bigz Apple Die that I’ve been coveting! Plus lots of ribbon and of course a Lollipic, yay!
Once I decided to make a set of Apple Coasters, I collected a few of Laura’s buttons, her Sizzix Apple Bigz Die, some Red felt, my Sizzix Big Shot, 2 Cutting Pads, 2 pieces of white Scoreboard Mat-Board, spray adhesive and Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.
First, I cut two pieces of felt the same size as the mat-board and I adhered the felt on both sides with spray adhesive.
Next, I made a sandwich with the felt covered mat-board, dies and cutting pads. The sandwich for Bigz dies is as follows: Cutting pad, Bigz Die, mat-board/felt and a second cutting pad. Then I ran it through my Big Shot.
I was able to get two Apples from one piece of mat-board. I repeated this process until I had a total of four Apples.
Next, I adhered one of Laura’s green buttons to the leaf of the apples with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. I was thinking about adding more embellishments to the apple, but decided against it. I wanted to be sure the coaster surface remained flat to reduce the chances of accidental spills. Coffee stains on student homework would be bad!
As a final touch, I wrapped the coasters with some green trim (from Laura).
And that’s it, a simple and kid friendly gift for your child’s favorite teacher(s)! Add a custom stamped tag and you have the perfect gift! By the way, Laura Kelly also has her own line of stamps! That woman does it all!
What do you think? Do you know a Teacher that would love these non-slip coasters on their desk? I know my son’s Kindergarten teacher will love them! These are also a great addition to your fall/harvest decor.
Thank you for stopping by and be sure to come back to see other fun crafts I am planning with my new stack of Kunin Felt! Just subscribe to my blog by entering your email address in the teal box below.
One more thing! Head on over to Laura Kelly’s FaceBook Page, she’s giving away a prize valued at $250! Good luck!
Check out all the other wonderful Classrooms With Felt campaign creations!