Hot air balloon coasters

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)
• Scissors

How to make hot air balloon shaped felt coasters

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 1
Step 1
Trace the template onto thin card, cut out and draw it onto the white felt using the air-erasable pen or a pencil.

Step 2
Cut out the hot air balloon shape. This will be the base of the design.

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 3
Step 3
Cut four strips of green felt and four strips of grey felt. Each strip should measure 2cm wide and 10cm long.

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 4
Step 4
Place the grey strips vertically and weave the green strips horizontally until they look like this.

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 5
Step 5
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.

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 6
Step 6
Trim the felt into a circle shape using the white felt base as a guide.

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 7
Step 7
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.

Weaving felt hot air balloon coasters - step 8
Step 8
Sew a blanket stitch around the edge of the balloon to finish. Time for tea!

DianaStaintonAbout Diana Stainton
Diana is the creator of Pygmy Cloud, a brand of playful and quirky plush toys and homewares. www.pygmycloud.com