Enjoy a gentle afternoon of weaving felt and hand sewing simple stitches to make Diana Stainton’s hot air balloon coasters
You will need:
• Small quantities of felt, in green, grey, white and brown
• Stranded cotton, brown and white
• Embroidery needle
• Fabric glue
• Thin card
• Air-erasable pen (or a pencil)
How to make hot air balloon shaped felt coasters
Trace the template onto thin card, cut out and draw it onto the white felt using the air-erasable pen or a pencil.
Cut out the hot air balloon shape. This will be the base of the design.
Cut four strips of green felt and four strips of grey felt. Each strip should measure 2cm wide and 10cm long.
Place the grey strips vertically and weave the green strips horizontally until they look like this.
Dab fabric glue onto the white felt sparingly. Place the weaved felt on top so the strips sit at an angle. Press down firmly and leave to dry.
Trim the felt into a circle shape using the white felt base as a guide.
Cut brown felt into a basket shape and sew a running stitch to secure it to the white felt base. Sew four long stitches for the ropes.
Sew a blanket stitch around the edge of the balloon to finish. Time for tea!
About Diana Stainton
Diana is the creator of Pygmy Cloud, a brand of playful and quirky plush toys and homewares. www.pygmycloud.com