This is a tutorial for sewing coasters and a trivet out of wool felt to look like tree rings. Make them from a neutral color palette to fit in just about any decoration scheme, or go bright and play up the kitsch!
Wool Tree Ring Coaster Template
Brown, tan, and green felt*
*You can buy wool felt at the fabric store (make sure that it is wool felt for the trivet, not craft felt as craft felt is synthetic and will melt when hot). I recommend buying 100% wool clothes (NOT superwash wool) at the thrift store to use for your felt. Cut the garment into pieces by cutting off all the seams and then wash and dry the wool on hot. I used two pairs of brown trousers.
Cut the template
Cut the fabric
Print out a Template and cut out the pattern pieces. Make sure that you do NOT “scale to fit” and instead print as is. For every coaster you will need 1 medium circle, 1 small circle, and 1 small leaf. If you want to make a trivet, cut at least 1 X-large circle, 1 large circle and 2 leaves. If your wool is thick, as from a jacket, two layers may be enough to protect a table from heat. If it’s a bit thinner, as from pants, you will probably want at least 2, if not more, layers of the 2-large wool circle.
Stack the smaller circle on top of the larger circle and pin the leaf on the bottom side.
Stitch concentric circles along the inside of the top circle. I made my stitches about 3/8″ apart from each other, lining up the edge of my sewing machine foot with the last stitch line to get an even distance, but feel free to stitch what’s easiest for you. And remember, trees are organic so they don’t have to be perfect!
This should catch your leaf on the bottom through several stitch lines so you can remove your pin.
The process is exactly the same for the trivet. If you are using multiple layers, just stack them directly on top of each other.
The great thing about sewing with wool felt is that you don’t need to finish any of the edges. The felling process locks the fibers together so that they won’t unravel even after you’ve cut through them.
P.S. I was totally inspired by A Beautiful Mess for this tutorial. I pinned the image, used it as inspiration, and in writing this went back and discovered that I had forgotten, but they had written a tutorial for the project already! Please, check out their version as well!
Smile! You’re done!