Create island-inspired coasters from felt in just a few minutes

Coasters allow guests to enjoy beverages without your having to worry about moisture rings showing up on delicate surfaces afterward. Although their primary purpose is to protect surfaces, coasters also can lend aesthetic appeal. Bring a touch of island inspiration into your home with DIY felt coasters.
A palm-frond stencil makes for a summery addition that you can swap out when the seasons change. Felt is absorbent enough to handle spills and is available in a variety of colors, so customizing these coasters is simple. Crafting these felt coasters in shades of green, for example, provides just the right color contrast with a bright beverage garnished with oranges. All it takes is a few minutes to design these stylish felt coasters.
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Materials
- 2 panels of light green felt
- 2 panels of dark green felt
- 1 large palm-frond stencil
- 1 small palm-frond stencil
- Marker
- Scissors
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- Thread snips
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Instructions
1. Position two light green panels of felt on a work table.
2. Place a darker green panel of felt on top of each of the lighter panels, making sure the edges are aligned.
3. Set a large palm-frond stencil on top of one set of felt panels, and a small palm-frond stencil on top of the second set.
4. Trace the stencils with a marker.
5. Cut the shapes from each of the felt sets.
6. Pin the perimeter of each set of felt panels together.
7. Stitch the panels of each felt palm frond together. Snip excess thread.
8. Mark a line up the center of each felt coaster and a line that extends out toward each leaf.
9. Stitch over the markings on each felt coaster.
10. Place the coasters on a table surrounded by decorative oranges for contrasting color and appeal.
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