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Day 9: Coasters

Hi there! It’s less than ten days before Christmas and I have yet to bake a single cookie and I still have a few gifts that need to be bought.  Time is getting tighter, but the most stressful thing is behind me and I am feeling much better about things today.

Today, the boys and I took the morning to make some easy coasters for our holiday table decorations and also to give away as gifts.


One thing I appreciate about the boys getting bigger is that their abilities have really grown quite a bit.  A few years ago, I attempted another craft with felt and sewing, which didn’t turn out as well because their fine motor skills were not as good.

These are really very easy.

Just find an assortment of cookies cutters and trace them onto felt.


Then cut them out carefully.


Soon, you will have a lot of shapes.


Lastly, sew them onto four inch squares of felt in a different color.  For the base felt, I used a thicker felt.  This makes them a little less flimsy.


For thread, I used pearl cotton in various colors, which I think adds a nice pop of color on each one.


Once the boys got the hang of the sewing, they got into embellishing.


I even taught one of them to make french knots.


It wasn’t very long before we had a whole set.


Which, when tied together, makes a nice tidy gift.


If you don’t need coasters, you could always sew two of the same shapes together, stuff them with a little batting, and make ornaments out of them.  We might do that as well if the boys don’t lose interest too soon.

Here we are, three quarters of the way done through my 12 days of Christmas giveaway!  Time is flying by and seems sometimes to accelerate as we get closer to certain dates.  I still have some fun stuff to show you, so I hope you will stick around for a few more days.  Leave a comment and tell me about your dream Christmas.  As much as I love having Christmas at home with my family, I think it would be really awesome to spend Christmas at Yellowstone National Park or in the Alps somewhere.  I just love being in the mountains and would love to have a mountain Christmas someday!