Fall Coasters made with Fabric and Leather will provide a perfect barrier between your pumpkin latte and the end table beside your cozy recliner. The fabric soaks up the moisture, unlike stone or wood, and the leather backing protects the finish on the furniture.
When fall arrives, it brings me great joy to go to the fabric stores and choose cloth covered in pumpkins, ghosts, and other cozy patterns (like the library book fabric). This year, I made 60 coasters from the fall hauls of my past. I have two grown children that live in other cities, two children away at college, and one who still lives at home. My plan is to create a care package filled with a fall surprise (I’m not exactly sure what the surprise is going to be just yet), Halloween candy, and a set of coasters, handmade by Mom.
Upcycled Fall Coasters I Made in 2021
I’ve made coasters before. The first year (not pictured-it wasn’t a blog post), I made a set with fabric on top and felt on the bottom. These worked well with condensation on the tumblers and were also washable. However, the fabric would become saturated if you were drinking from a regular glass over a long period of time.
When I created the next set, I ordered leather scraps from The Leather Hide Store and received a big box of varied colors of leather and suede for a mere $25.00. Next, I went thrift shopping and purchased a sherpa jean jacket, a wool blazer, and a tweed lambswool blazer. The result was the Upcycled Fall Coasters pictured above. Read that post for step-by-step coaster making instructions. You can find terrific fabric for coasters at thrift stores. Corduroy or fleece make wonderfully textured coasters as well.
Going the Extra Mile
Lately my mantra has been “Go the extra mile.” Do you ever find yourself just wanting to finish the project already so you can move on to the next thing? I am task oriented, so I like checking the box. Sometimes I find myself not enjoying the process of whatever I’m doing because I’m too busy trying to get to the next job. Wanting to get away from the “hurry up and finish” state of mind, I thought, How can I put in a little more effort with this coaster project and really take my time with it?
First of all, I hand-painted around a dozen orange felt fabric circles with an earthy mushroom. That really taxed my patience. Next, I gathered every scrap of fall and Halloween printed fabrics that I’d purchased the last few years. Finally, I made around 60 coasters!
The Process of Making Fall Coasters
I hope you enjoyed Fall Coasters with Fabric and Leather!
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Happy Fall Y’all,
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