Fall is definitely on the lighter, pastel side in my home this year.
I’m still crushing over my fabric pumpkin trio and while there are still a few Tilda fabric remnants left, I’ll keep making pretty things out of the scraps.
Today’s addition were super easy, faux patchwork fabric coasters…. in a pumpkin shape of course!
While they are deliciously gorgeous… it’s actually spring here right now, so it’s a little confusing to be surrounded by all this fall loveliness.
But, I’ve really gotten into creating pretty shabby inspired fall accessories and art for my northern hemisphere readers, so I’m just enjoying the variation of seasons.
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you will have already seen my numerous DIY projects using this fabulously easy faux patchwork technique. I totally love it!
The pumpkin coasters took about an hour to make four… and that included designing the template.
I made mine using light brown cotton, but the colour didn’t stand out all that well for the photos, so I made a sample one for you using a dark brown cotton.
How to make faux patchwork pumpkin coasters
(Please wash all fabrics before use)
An assortment of fabric scraps – I used 6 different designs.
Visoflex (iron on applique paper),
Small piece of calico for applique,
Cream wool felt for backing,
Template – see below,
Sewing machine and usual sewing supplies.
Note: Applique papers have lots of different names. Visoflex is the one I have readily available where I live, but yours may be called something entirely different. What you need is an iron on paper sold for patchwork and applique.
Pumpkin Template: I made my coasters 11cm wide x 11cm high, but you can vary the size to suit your needs. Simply right click the image below and save to your own computer. Insert the image into a word document and adjust size to suit.
1. Trace the pattern pieces; stem and five pumpkin segments onto the paper side of your Visoflex. Set your iron to no steam and iron the applique cut-outs onto the back of your fabric.
2. Peel off the backing papers and arrange fabric pieces on your calico fabric. To make placement easier, I sometimes make a pattern tracing on tracing paper and arrange the pattern pieces underneath the tracing paper design.
3. I used a decorative blanket stitch on my sewing machine to applique around the 3 central pumpkin segments in a coordinating cotton.
4. Pin the backing wool felt behind the front panel and use a free motion stich technique to stitch around the perimeter twice. When finished, secure cotton ends and then, using sharp scissors cut away the excess fabric.
5 – 7. I decided to add half a doily medallion to the top of each of my pumpkins. I simply stitched the top part using the same cotton I decorated my pumpkins with. This step is completely optional.
Ta-da…. adorable patchwork pumpkin coasters.
Tip: you could enlarge this pattern to make a placemat or trivet with the same technique!!!
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Happy crafting my friends,
Hugs – Kerryanne
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