November 12 ~ For the Table

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Pair some of these great coasters and napkins with tomorrow’s placemat tutorials and you could take care of every adult on your “shopping” list. You could also include some handmade napkin rings, a bottle of wine or a tin of homemade, holiday cookies. We also have many amazing, upcoming kitchen-related tutorials so take a breather and wait for all of the goodies in our “For the Kitchen” compilation on November 25th. You could combine items from all three days in a little basket for really special people! At this rate we’re going to have to start working on next year’s list in January.
Appliquéd Coaster
Karyn from Fat Orange Cat shows how to make a cute owl design in her Appliquéd Coaster Tutorial. Karyn sells wonderful things in her shop called Fat Orange Cat: The Boutique.
Wipe-Clean Coasters
Allyson utilizes clear vinyl and favorite fabrics in her Wipe-Clean Coaster Tutorial on her Allyson Hill blog.
Fabric Napkins
In addition to napkins you could easily extend the techniques in Carol’s Fabric Napkin Tutorial to make matching tablecloths. Carol has many additional tutorials on her blog, Windy Hill Designs, and she adds, “I make and sell handmade totes and accessories on various venues—my own website, eBay and Etsy. I like sharing what I’ve learned with others and hope that my tutorials help others to grow.”
Simple Coasters
Suzanne’s Simple Coaster Tutorial via her blog Foofanagle helps you create darling, patchwork coasters.

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
11 ~ Reading & Writing
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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71 Responses to November 12 ~ For the Table

  1. Linda Stewart says:

    I fell in love with the Simple Patchwork Coasters and made two sets for Christmas gifts. I used a tan linen and an assortment of fabrics to match the decor of the home they will go in. Very easy and great instructions on the tutorial. Thanks Suzanne! I’d love to post a picture of my coasters, but I don’t know how to do that here. Oh well, no need to brag with all the wonderful ideas and beautiful creations floating around here. I love this website and hope that all these ideas will still be around even after Christmas.

  2. Katie Hoefle says:

    I just finished a set of the wipe clean coasters … SO CUTE!!! These are going to be great Christmas gifts!!!

  3. Katie Hoefle says:

    These are the answer to so many things I need to make this season! Thanks!!!

  4. Lauren S. says:

    after reading this post, i ran out and bought some fabric to make some coasters for the holidays. i am eyeing some fabric on sew mama sew for some placements.

  5. Karen says:

    I love the little owl coasters, a matching set of handmade coasters/napkins/placemats would make a great housewarming or wedding gift…gives me ideas for Christmas! You’ve been linked in this week’s Science Fair at the Periodic Elements of Style!

  6. Cindi Hoppes says:

    Hi, What wonderful coasters and they could match any room in the house! You are full of fabulous ideas. I wish you were my neighbor……Cindi 🙂

  7. Kari says:

    I bet you could do the wipe clean coasters with laminated cotton.

  8. Oiyi says:

    Oh, the vinyl one is such a great idea.

  9. Kerry says:

    I’ve been playing around with coaster ideas, and I’m so pleased that you’ve got some great ones here! Thanks for this wonderful month of tutorials…so much fun to see what other people are doing, and to find new and interesting blogs, too!

  10. melissa says:

    i’ve made lots of coasters as gifts, and they are always appreciated. i love the fabric choices above!

  11. Elea says:

    Ohhh my I have been so sick and busy that I tottally forgot about handmade holidays! Ohhh I am so glad I remembered and looking at each project gladly adds more and more things on my “to do list” The owl coaster is jumping to the top though!

  12. Ashley says:

    Love those costers!

  13. I love those owl coasters! So cute:)

  14. Letty says:

    Great ideas! Love the owl!

  15. emily says:

    These are all so fantastic. I don’t think you can even buy coasters as cool as these.

  16. emily moody says:

    i LOVE all these projects! thank you! thank you! thank you!

  17. andrea says:

    These would be a nice hostess gift for thansgiving also 🙂 thanks!

  18. Isabelle says:

    Oooh, I love the owl!

  19. Katie W. says:

    I love the owl applique–this would also look so cute on a baby quilt, or maybe on the little smock I’m making for my daughter. Thanks!

  20. jody says:

    These are all so great for little gift giving that pops up unexpectedly or for the people on your list that are hard to come up with a gift for. Everybody drinks…therefore, everybody could use coasters!!! Thanks!

  21. Anna says:

    I’m thinking some wipe-clean placemats to go along with my wipe-clean coasters would be good in my house!! I’m on it!

  22. amelia says:

    the vinyl-coated coasters are a wonderful idea!

  23. Alisa says:

    I’m still enjoying all of the links you are providing us with – thanks so much!

  24. Natalie says:

    I’ve been trying to think of something for my small scaps, this is perfect.

  25. Ash says:

    Handmade Holidays has inspired me to finally purchase a sewing machine! I can’t wait to get started on all the awesome projects I’ve seen here.

  26. Linda says:

    these are all so much fun!!!! and will make wonderful gifts for my friends and family!!! thanks! Hugs Linda

  27. Carrie says:

    Ooo, the vinyl coasters! Love it!

  28. Twila says:

    What a blessed person you are to share such wonderful gifts to make for our friends and family.
    I get excited each day I get off of work, and run to the computer to see what you have made or found on the net to share with us. Thank you very much.
    Twila in N.L,CT

  29. Mae says:

    Love the owl coaster! What’s with owls this year? I am seeing them everywhere!

  30. aurora fox says:

    I love the owl coasters!

  31. orata says:

    I love those patchwork coasters!

  32. Veronica says:

    those are lovely! thanks for the hard work!

  33. annie says:

    I planned to make matching napkins and aprons for the women on my list. Thanks for the great ideas!

  34. Violet says:

    Yes, too many lovely projects and not even half way through the month.


  35. Anna says:

    Cute owl.

  36. Heather says:

    I love these! I will be making a few sets for gifts.

  37. Tabitha says:

    I love all the project links and you’ve tuned me in to several very awesome, very crafty, love-to-read blogs! Thanks!

  38. Janice says:

    I’ve made the coaster from foofangle…love them.

    and showing the reverse side:

  39. Georgia says:

    Love love the wipe clean ones. I really need to finish the projects I already started…eep!

  40. Amy says:

    These are darling! I really love the owls and the wipe-clean coasters are brilliant.

  41. Missy says:

    I currently own some crappy cork coasters, time to make some new CUTE ones- thanks for the inspiration!

  42. meredith says:

    i was JUST thinking that i should make coasters

  43. Deb says:

    I can’t thank you enough for this incredible tutorial adventure. I look forward to the new installment every day, and my imagination has been running with wild abandon!!!

  44. Laurel says:

    That owl coaster is adorable. Personally though, I want to make napkins with the border on that last coaster tutorial. Those are just fabulous!

  45. Vickie says:

    Hey, these are great! I think they would make a great gift for a guy! Guys are hard to make something for! You could use their favorite sports team fabric!
    Thanks for another great idea!

  46. Nichole D. says:

    The coasters are awesome, and such a chic alternative to the other ones out there. They rock!

  47. Sandy says:

    Love all the coaster ideas – who doesn’t want beautiful coasters sitting on their coffee table?

  48. Erica says:

    these are great! here’s another tutorial for making criss-cross coasters with fabric scraps – they’re super easy and fast:

  49. Jay says:

    Wow. Something else I thought about making this weekend! Y’all are totally helping me out with the Christmas gifts this year! Thanks so much!

  50. Sheila says:

    Your 30 Days of Gifts To Sew is incredible!! Thanks for all the great ideas & links!!

  51. meg says:

    I’m very much hoping that my friends and family subscribe to my “you can’t have too many coasters” philosophy, seeing as how I made them all some last year…and may have to bust out some more again here in ’07. They’re so much fun! Thanks for the new inspiration!

  52. Jenny says:

    More great ideas! I love the simple coasters.

  53. Debra says:

    Cool I like the idea of wipe clean coasters!!!!

  54. Ekioart says:

    Fun coasters! I love Kristen’s choice for fabric. Very cute ^-^

  55. Jasmina says:

    yay an owl coaster! thats my sorority symbol, i will be making tons of those for my sisters this holiday! what a cute idea! thanks!!

  56. Carol says:

    I love the vinyl coasters! Quilt block patterns also make cute coasters.

  57. Tammy says:

    I like the vinyl coasters! Thanks again for the great line-up of tutorials!!!

  58. Jane B says:

    Yet another great idea. And I love Beth’s fabric swatch! Thanks for doing this. I am getting lots of ideas. 🙂

  59. Megan says:

    Wonderful! I was just trying to decide how to make place mats for our NEW table to prevent my two-year-old from destroying it. I think I will use the wipeable coaster tutorial and enlarge it for a “wipeable placemat”. Yeah!
    Thanks so much! I can hardly wait to see what the next day will bring!

  60. mj says:

    Coasters make great housewarming gifts, and cloth napkins are great tucked in with dishes for a wedding gift, too.

  61. Javede says:

    Coasters are really a great and above all quick project! Plus one can use all those leftovers from other projects 😉

  62. Loopy says:

    Oooo…quilt scraps? Viola! Adorable adorable coasters!
    Thanks for the amazing idea!
    (My overflowing scraps closet thanks you!)

  63. Concha says:

    oh yes, I’m a big fan of coasters and I do think they make great Xmas gifts!!

  64. Holly says:

    Love that coaster that uses scraps for the border. I definitely have some that I can’t bear to toss!

  65. Julia D says:

    Vinyl coasers, of course! I’ve been planning some cloth napkins for weeks. This Handmade Holiday is keeping me very busy.

  66. Lil' d says:

    Knowing the people that I know, wipe clean would probably be the best choice…

  67. mama k says:

    ooh! I need to make some cloth napkins.

  68. alison says:

    I’ll definitely be checking the placemat and For the Kitchen tutorials. Such great ideas.

  69. adrienne says:

    Wipe clean coaster?!? Why didn’t I think of that. Love, love, LOVE them. Also, Carol’s fabric guide for the napkins is very handy. I printed it out and slipped it in my purse so I can whip it out at the fabric store and get the right amount of fabric. Thanks! =]

  70. Natalie says:

    Napkins would be such a great way to make use of my stash, and then I could enjoy seeing my favorite prints too!

  71. Lisa NYC says:

    Love the coasters! And I thought today would be tablecloths…so my tutorials on my blog reflect that…LOL!

    Thanks for all the sewing inspiration! My sewing project list just keeps getting longer and longer!

    With friendship,

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