DIY Holiday project: Holiday Bauble Coaster

DIY Holiday has a lot of projects that I'd like to make this holiday season (and you will,too!), but one in particular struck my fancy.

With these Holiday Bauble Coasters, I was able to combine several of my favorite techniques, including appliqué and French binding.

After going over several color combinations in my mind, I settled on black, white, and red fabrics. I loved the small red bird in the fabric that combined all three colors so I used that for my focal image.

Once I created my ornament templates and got those in place, I decided to appliqué the shape rather than stitching around the edge of the ornament, as suggested. 

I added some straight stitching to quilt the layers together, and I really like the clean lines. As another design element, I didn't fill the square with stitching. Rather, I quilted about half way into the space with the ornament.


Having used a French binding on a number of quilts, I went with that for the coasters, too. It's definitely my favorite binding method.

I love the idea of the ornaments as the focal image for these coasters. Just think of the different shapes you could use. I'm thinking a  wreath, French horn . . . How about a dreidel?

These coasters work up pretty quickly, of course depending on how much detail you add, but I will definitely make a few more sets.  

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