Take the traditional wool penny design, pick three colors of wool felt, and in hours you can make a set of coasters that are both lovely and functional. Tie them with a coordinating bow and you have a charming gift for the holidays!
Materials to make 6 coasters:
3 – 12” x 12” pieces of felt (use three different colors)
1 – 9” x 12” piece of cotton or wool batting (dense, not fluffy)
Coordinating embroidery floss
1 yard ribbon for tying (optional)
 From each color cut out 4 large circles, 2 medium circles and 2 small circles. Also, cut out 6 batting pieces.
 Each coaster consists of 2 matching large circles, 1 medium circle, 1 small circle and 1 piece of batting. Lay out each coaster so no two are alike.
 For each coaster center the small circle on the medium circle and attach by using a blanket stitch and 6 strands of embroidery floss. Place these circles in the center of the large circle and attach by using a blanket stitch and 6 strands of embroidery floss.
 Using contrasting embroidery floss, embroider a star in the center of the smallest circle. You will be sewing through all 3 layers. Use the photos and pattern for "how to". (Hint: To mark the star, I centered the bottom of a Chapstick tube in the middle of the small circle and pushed hard enough to leave a deep indentation. I used this as a guide. If you lose the star before you are done, simple do it again.)
 Place the batting in the center of the matching large circle. Place the appliquéd matching circle on top of the backing and batting so the finished side is facing out.
 Use a blanket stitch and 6 strands of embroidery floss to attach the front to back.
 Stack the completed 6 coasters on top of each other and tie with a coordinating bow.
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