04 March 2017

Craftastic Weekend: Sewing Room Coasters


I have just finished a truly epic purge of my sewing room. Cookies for everyone. I have let go of things I've been holding onto for years, nay, decades. I would run around the neighborhood screaming my triumph, but it's freezing out there. I've been working on this purge off and on since the beginning of the year, and because I didn't want to get sidetracked and contribute to the chaos I already had on my hands, I have resisted the urge to make stuff. In fact, I haven't made anything since before Christmas. So, as a reward for finally finishing this giant task, I've decided to spend the next few days just makin' stuff. You know me--nothing elaborate or complicated, just fun. Let's go!

Today's project: ridiculously easy, but charming (at least to me!) little coasters for my sewing room. Now, I have had these acrylic coasters for, oh, probably 20 years. Why have I had them all these years and never done anything with them? Well, when I bought them, I'm pretty sure I had ideas about stitching them up, but then there's the never-ending quest for the perfect designs and somehow I just never got around to them. In later years, I figured out that I don't like the smushed stitches look that you sometimes get with these coasters, so they just slept quietly in my stash, waiting for me to be smart enough to figure out how to use them. I finally did. A solution so obvious it hadn't occurred to me before. All you need is some acrylic coasters, an old needlework catalog, and some quilt batting. 

I'm so happy with these. I mean, they're so simple and not terribly creative, but just the fact that I've finally fixed up these silly things after all these years, and that they're actually kinda cute, makes me happy. One problem: I'm a little too happy with them. Meaning: I want more. Fox ones, fall ones, Christmas ones. You see the problem. One does not need 20 coasters. 

But maaaaaybe, one does...

Stay tuned for the next few days!


  1. Oh, that's a great idea!
    They look so cute recycled. :)

  2. I love these Honeybee. I wonder if they still sell them. I would love to make a set. You find the best stuff. Great stitches you put in them. I especially like the one with the bunny on the black background. RJ

    1. RJ, they are still available:


  3. You get to have needlework coasters, without doing the needlework! What a cute idea! I had some of those coasters I dumped during a purge several years back, now I'm wishing I had kept them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Well I just realized they were not stitched! They still look adorable and it is such a clever idea. Love them. RJ

  5. beautiful and clever idea.

  6. This is such a lovely idea! The result is beautiful, I love the images you chose.

  7. I'm thinking you could glue them all together and hang them on the wall. It looks like such a pretty arrangement. :) Cathryn.

  8. What fun, Honeybee! I like the images you selected.

  9. Fabulous idea beautifully executed!