Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or any time of year, felted sweater coasters are an easy DIY project and a SWEET gift idea. We’ve given them to teachers, grandmas, friends – and of course, we’ve kept a few for ourselves too. I use this one my son made me every day!
These simple felted coasters are made from re-purposed sweaters that have been shrunk in the wash, giving them new life as felted wool.
Step 1: Shrink
Have you ever accidentally put a wool sweater in the wash? Then you know how easily it shrinks. The wool turns into thick felt that is super soft and easy to work with because you can cut it and the edges will not fray. Felting a sweater is easy to do in your home washing machine.
- Choose sweaters made from animal fibers such as wool, angora, alpaca or cashmere.
- Sweaters should have no more than 10% nylon or other non-animal fiber or they will not felt properly.
- Wash sweaters in HOT water with detergent and dry in a hot dryer.
- If you are using a front-loading washing machine, throw in a couple of tennis balls to add some friction.
- For a tighter felt, wash sweaters more than once.
- Note: every sweater will come out differently. The more you felt, the more you’ll know what to expect.
- Don’t have any old wool sweaters at home? Pick up a few at a garage sale or thrift store.
Step 2: Cut
Begin by cutting a 4″ x 4″ square out of your felted sweater material.
Next, cut out a heart shaped piece of felt in a contrasting color. (I used a cookie cutter to create the pattern.) Feel free to use other shapes like a star, a circle or a flower to make coasters for any time of year!
Step 3: Sew
Stitch the felt heart onto the square using embroidery thread. I recommend using thread with variegated colors for a little extra contrast. A straight stitch is easiest,but if you are up for something a little more snazzy, try a blanket stitch as shown below.
Now your coasters are finished and ready to use or give!
Have you ever felted old sweaters? What have you made with them?
(Note: a version of this post was originally published on Life Your Way.)