DIY: 2 Fun Fall Decor Ideas

Flannel Coasters

coasters

Here’s what you’ll need for each coaster:

  • Two 5″ squares of flannel
  • One 5″ square of felt (this will be hidden on the inside, so color doesn’t matter!)
  • Sewing machine and coordinating or contrasting thread – your choice!
  • Scissors
  • An iron (or a hair straightener!)

Steps:

  1. Cut your three squares (two of the flannel, one of the felt)
  2. Stack these three squares on top of one another IN THIS ORDER from bottom up:
    1. Felt
    2. One piece of flannel FACE UP (right side up … if your fabric has a ‘right’ side)
    3. And finally, the second piece of flannel FACE DOWN.
  3. Pin your fabric sandwich in place and begin sewing around the edges with a ~1/4″ seam allowance.  One one side of the square, you’ll want to leave a gap to allow you to flip the coaster right side out.  I suggest leaving about 2 1/2″ in the middle of one side (not on a corner).  The white dashes in the picture above are highlighting where you should sew.  Be sure to backstitch both ends of your gap.
  4. Next, trim any excess fabric from around your seam.  When you’re trimming, however, try to leave more fabric around the gap … since you’ll be tucking this inside and top stitching to close gap.
  5. One more tip when trimming … leave the flannel fabric around the gap (like I just described above), but trim the felt down as shown (so the gap doesn’t get bulky when you top stitch it closed).
  6. Next, we’ll be flipping the coasters right-side-out.  To do this, open up the coaster at the gap … between the two flannel pieces.
  7. Flip it right side out!
  8. If you flipped correctly, the felt should be tucked inside and there should be a little extra fabric at the gap.
  9. Tuck that extra fabric into the gap as shown and iron in place.
  10. To finish (and to close that gap), simply top stitch around the coaster on all four sides.  Here’s where you can choose a contrasting thread color for fun.

 

Pumpkin Mason Jars

mason

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Mason Jars (I preferred to use different sizes)
  • White paint primer (this is optional)
  • Orange and yellow paint (acrylic or spray)
  • Paint brushes (if you choose acrylic)
  • Fall colored card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Glue gun/Glue Sticks

Steps:

  1. Before you paint the jars I recommend to spray them with white spray paint primer. This will help the paint to stick to the jar a lot better.
  2. Begin painting the jars your preferred “pumpkin” color.
  3.  Now begin making the leaves.Cut a piece of card stock in a leaf shape and leave a long stem at the end. Fold the leaf in half to make the middle vein.
  4. Use an embossing tool to make the rest of the veins.
  5. Use a pencil to curl thin strips of card-stock. All you need to do is tightly wrap them around the pencil. This is an embellishment to place on top of the jars with the leaves
  6. Glue the leaves and embellishments to each lid
  7. Once all is dry, assemble each jar!

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