Fall Fabric Coasters with LHOTP and a Hot Cocoa recipe
When I was contacted recently about checking out the new Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection I was excited! Of course I wanted to play with these great new fabrics. I watched Little House on TV when I was young, and I would someday love for my kids to discover the series as well. Such great little lessons taught in that little house! My fat quarter sample pack has some really beautiful colors, and they fit right in with a project I’ve been wanting to make this fall! These really great fabrics just arrived in stores yesterday! You can find a store locator Here.
*This is a sponsored post by the newLittle House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection. My opinions are, as always, 100% my own*
We used to have these little side tables with a plastic veneer on them beside the couch in the living room. It never mattered if water got on them, or drinks were set directly on the plastic veneer. Nothing touched them! We found some pretty side tables in a storage auction recently, and I fell in love with their size and shape. I love how they have turned out, they are so great. They are also real wood. I’ve sealed the tops, which are stained a dark wood, but I still worry about setting hot or cold drinks and stuff on them. I don’t want to ruin them! I have a whole collection of awesome tile coasters I’ve made, but I also have a toddler, and tile and toddlers just don’t mix. My solution presented itself when this beautiful fabric arrived! I would make some fabric coasters! (Sometimes called “Mug Rugs.” Isn’t that cute?)
This is such an easy project. I’m not the best seamstress, but I’m learning! I can sew straight lines though. This is a really great beginner project and no special skill is required.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Fall Fabric Coasters:
- Fabric – I used new fabric from the Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection.
- Felt 2 sheets cream colored or white felt and 2 sheets coordinating colors to match your fabric
- sewing machine
- pinking shears
First you will cut the fabric. Measure and cut each fabric piece into a 4 inch by 4 inch square. Cutting the fabric with the pinking shears helps keep the fabric from fraying. The edges look really cool too, which is a bonus!
Pin your 4×4 square of fabric onto the cream colored felt, and cut the felt down until it’s almost the same size as your fabric square.
With a zigzag stitch, sew your fabric square to the cream felt square. I used an Orange yellowish thread for this part I liked how it complimented the fall color scheme I was hoping for!
Next take your fabric and cream felt square and pin it on the coordinating felt. Cut your square just slightly larger again with the pinking shears and sew the squares together with a straight stitch. I used a deep brown thread for this step.
After you’ve gone around all four edges with your straight stitch, sew an X through the whole square. Even though you didn’t use any batting, the lines through the middle give your coaster a little bit of a quilted look.
Use as many fabrics or felt colors as you want! It takes about 5 minutes per coaster, which is really great! In just 20 minutes I had a set of four ready to use!
Perfect for protecting your surfaces from a steaming hot cocoa mug! As a side note… I spilled hot cocoa on one while I was taking these photos! The cocoa washed right out, and the coaster is good as new again. Easily washable was a really big plus on my list! I really enjoyed working with this pretty fabric.
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And now that it’s getting cold outside, I would also love to share my hot cocoa powder recipe with you so you can make your own delicious hot cup of cocoa to test out your new fabric coasters with! It’s so easy to make, and it’s so so yummy!
- 4 cups powdered milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1.5 cups instant cocoa mix of your choice
- 1 cup powdered creamer
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa powder
- Mix everything together well.
- Store in airtight container.
- Mix 1/3 cup of the powdered mixture with 1 cup hot water or milk
You can customize the flavor if you use a flavored creamer, or instant powder when you’re mixing it up! It really is the best hot cocoa I’ve ever had. If you like your hot cocoa a little darker, exchange 1/2 cup instant cocoa for an extra 1/2 cup baking cocoa powder. YUM! I hope you enjoy it!