Happy Stitch ~ Giveaway + Autumn Felt Coaster Project

on October 15 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 116 Comments

Jodie Rackley is the crafter and designer of Lova Revolutionary on Etsy and author of the new Happy Stitch: 30 Felt and Fabric Projects for Everyday! Happy Stitch is full of bright color, whimsical designs, expert advice on techniques and 30 fun projects. Jodie writes, “All of the projects are very accessible for beginners as well as seasoned crafters looking for fun new projects to complete with a focus on embroidery and felt works.” Many of the projects make great gifts, plus there are lots of designs perfect for several family members to stitch at the same time (kids + adults) making this a perfect book for the upcoming holiday season.

Jodie shares an exclusive Autumn Felt Coaster project today. You can also comment to win a copy of Happy Stitch: 30 Felt and Fabric Projects for Everyday… Tell us how you’re infusing a little fall into your home!

Hi, Friends! Aren’t you happy it’s fall? I am… Can you say warm Chai Teas and sweaters? Yes, please! I’ve been adding some warm but colorful touches to my decor as the leaves are slowly changing so I thought I’d share a quick and easy project for my Autumn DIY Coaster Set! This is a quick and fun little project that will spruce up your Autumn decor in a jiffy; all you need is a little felt, floss, and some basic stitches.

Supplies:

1. Print Autumn Felt Coaster templates onto heavy paper, then cut out templates and pin to felt. Cut closely around the templates with detail scissors to cut out shapes: two each of the large leaf shape per color that you are using, one large acorn shape, and two colors of brown for the top and bottom of the acorn.

2. Pin the top of the acorn to the bottom so there is about a ¼ inch overlap, then use a straight stitch to secure the top to the bottom.

3. Next, stitch three large cross stitches on the top of your acorn for decoration.

4. Finish by layering your front piece to your full acorn shape and straight stitch all the way around the edge. Knot and tie on the back when you are finished.

5. To make your leaf, using one left shape, layer your leaf center and stitch in place with a straight stitch.

6. Next, layer your other leaf shape behind it and straight stitch all the way around the edge.
There you have it! Stitch up a bunch for your Thanksgiving or Autumn party table, make several and put a stitch through the top with some string to make a fun garland, or use the shapes to appliqué a placemat or pillow.

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116 Responses to Happy Stitch ~ Giveaway + Autumn Felt Coaster Project

  1. Suzanne Shattuck says:

    Lots of fall colored candles throughout the house

  2. Julia C. says:

    I am decorating with fall colors and adding in all my fall/halloween decorations.

  3. Jenny Anderson says:

    We have a collection of mini pumpkins that I have displayed along with the squash from our garden. The coasters are fabulous! I love working with felt.

  4. Mary Mac says:

    I am pressing maple leaves for my granddaughter to use in a school project.

  5. Megan B says:

    This Fall I have infant twins and a 4-year-old boy, so I haven’t had time to do much. But I did pull out the Fall placemats and centerpiece for the dining room!

  6. Michelle says:

    I am just learning about felting and would love to win this great resource. For fall, I’m making a table runner and using the slow down in the outdoor weather to slow down in my own life, where I can. I have always loved fall and fall colors are amazing.

    Michelle

  7. chris says:

    I love the Fall season.. I love to use pinecones for crafts and decorating. thanks!

  8. Lee says:

    We collect leaves and use for decorating!

  9. Elisabeth says:

    I cut out some leaf shapes from cotton velveteen in autumn colors that I use to decorate tables around the apartment. To one, I overlapped 3 leaves, added a pillar candle with real leaves and acorns surrounding it. So pretty! Autumn is my favorite season.

  10. Kristen Powell says:

    Fall is my fav, so far the usual – mums, pumpkins, and cooking a lot of squash and roasting squash seeds!

  11. Vanessa B says:

    I love Fall too! We’ve been decorating round the house a little at a time this year…DGS and I put up the window decorations a couple days ago and DH helped fill the pumpkin faced leaf bags yesterday :-) Thanks!!!

  12. chibidani says:

    Fall means leaf rubbings, painted mini pumpkins, gingerbread cookies, apple pies, cinnamon simmering on the stove, and handmade paper Halloween decorations on the front windows.

    These coasters are awesome!

  13. Katy says:

    I just made a cute fall area on top of my fire place.

  14. Jo Hinchcliffe says:

    Autumn is my favourite time of the year! I don’t really bring stuff into the house, but i use alot of orange & brown fabric & i put out my huge orange & brown blanket my nan crocheted every year through the colder months. X

  15. Carolyn says:

    Well, we’re gearing up for summer down under instead of fall / autumn, but I’d love a chance to win the book. It looks fabulous.

  16. Prachi says:

    This year it’s all about fall colors photography for me! The book looks lovely. Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. Bree says:

    I just made my daughter a nightgown with leaf appliques for fall

  18. jm Monroe says:

    I love the book and all you have shown the colors of fall are so wonderful

  19. jen says:

    so cute! My girl and I went on a pinecone gathering walk – and then “painted” them – she mostly painted herself…

  20. Susan says:

    Ohh…if the book cover is any indication of what’s inside the book it looks inspiring. We are walking and collecting natural objects for my children’s nature table (acorns, leaves, pine cones).

  21. Marlene W says:

    Putting copious amounts of ginger and cinnamon into the coffeemaker in the morning and setting it on a timer. What’s better than waking up to smelling pumpkin-spiced coffee in the morning?! Love those coasters; they are adorable!

  22. I love finding autumn leaves, drying them and then making a garland with them. It even gives a nice autumn smell in the house.
    What a lovely cute book! Those coasters are ready to be made!

  23. hueisei says:

    I love Autumns especially the color of the trees :D

  24. Veronica says:

    We will be making a thankful wreath where we write things we are thankful for on paper cut out as leaves and pinned to a wreath. I have also started simmering an “apple cider” air freshener on the stove and of course dusting up on Christmas carols! My favorite things to bring out in the fall are my sweaters!

  25. Sarah says:

    We are decorating for halloween & we plan on carving pumpkins together as a family.

  26. Suzanne says:

    I just bought a Halloween tree which I need to start making ornaments for. I may have it up all year round.

  27. Susan V says:

    We have been decorating with pumpkins and leaves. We have also been baking fall recipes and using fall candles.

  28. Carmen says:

    I don’t have any sewn fall objects (yet) but I’ve had some knitted pumpkins set out for my toddler to play with

  29. Mary says:

    Pumpkins, gourds, mums and hot spiced apple cider!

  30. Line says:

    I love infusing some fall in here with my comfort cooking: pound cakes, soups,artisan breads, or even a good porridge!
    thanks for the chance!

  31. Laura says:

    Adorable! The book looks amazing, and I would just love to win. We bring fall into our home with leaf crafts by our boys, fall flowers, and pumpkins. Can’t forget the apples everywhere, too! Def my favorite time of year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Rachael says:

    We are doing naturing walks and finding natural things to make crafts with. We are also decorating for Halloween.

  33. Danijela says:

    This book looks so cute with interesting ideas.My daughter gathered acorns and chestnuts from the park.They are only displayed at the moment,we didn’t yet find the time to make something from it.I crochet few little house embellishments and plan to make garland,I love them.

  34. Katrina says:

    I am gearing up for crafting now that I don’t have so much to do at the garden and barn and the weather is cooler and we are inside more. These would be so fun to work on with my daughter!

  35. Pattij says:

    I’m making a flannel leaf lap quilt that I’m loving! Love the fall!

  36. Julianne Ross says:

    We are burning our fall candles whenever we are home. I love the scents of fall… cinnamon, apple cider, pumpkin pie!

  37. Marcia Kosturock says:

    I have a large ceramic bowl that is a leaf and it is filled with artificial gourds and pumpkins. I already have my Halloween decor out. I created decoupage pumpkins where you cut cute shapes out of napkins and decoupage those onto cardboard pumpkins. Turned out really cute.

  38. Mhairi says:

    We love to walk through the leaves and hear them crunch. I also love the colours of fall so I use them around my house.

  39. Lilly says:

    I have a beautiful fall table runner in my house.
    This book looks amazing!

  40. kaholly says:

    I have fall wallhangings that I put up every year complimented with a simple coordinating arrangement in the center of my table.
    I am a naturalist and love wildflowers (weeds) once they’ve gone by. I gather them in bunches and display them around the house.

  41. Sarah McGrath says:

    I’m changing the cool-coloured summer wall hangings to warm red and orangy ones.

  42. Kay says:

    I love working with felt and this book is on my must have one day list, thanks for the chance. The coasters are just gorgeous, we have lots of oak trees near us and walk across crunchy acorns every day. In autumn we always collect lots of conkers to put around the house, there shiny brown colour means autumn is here.

  43. lynaeve says:

    fall has not been infused very much into my home. But I am going to make Halloween bunting.

  44. Cindy Farmer says:

    My house is already decorated in fall decor! WE had our first fall party this past Friday and it was so much fun to have the house decorated for fall!
    I love the felt animals from the book. The animals would fit right in with my fall decorations!

  45. Patricia Crowley says:

    I’m infusing Fall into my home by planting Mums and using gourds and leaves to create centerpieces!

  46. Karyn says:

    So far I’ve made it as far as baking and starting a few projects….2 kids under 2 keeps me moving! Book looks very cool…thanks for the chance!

  47. Gina says:

    I’ve got lovely mums planted everywhere and I’ve been baking lots of goodies!

  48. Patsy Booher says:

    My pumpkn wallhanging is in place (Happy Jack) in my entranceway.

    My “Witch Is In” lighted broom is also hanging.

    I think fall has arrived!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Brigette Hill says:

    Fall is just getting going in TN. We have some pumpkins. The leaves just started to turn color, so we will start doing some art projects in our play group.

  50. Suzy Leopold says:

    Cooler Autumn temperatures and lovely Fall foliage are so appreciated after a Summer drought. I used Mod Podge on a variety of Autumn leaves collected from the neighborhood. I have plans to display the leaves across a cloth covered Thanksgiving table. Just about finished with a grapevine wreath that I am decorating with felt leaf cutouts stitched with emboridery floss, fabric and burlap flowers and pinecones. Just ordered the book Happy Stitch: 30 Felt and Fabric Projects for everyday. The Autumn Felt Coasters are such a sweet project. Thank you for sharing such creativity.

  51. Michelle says:

    My kids and I put up all the Halloween stuff on September 30th, and I’m even sewing up paper garlands for the teachers lounge at their school. I love decorating for the seasons, it makes every day special.

  52. Wendy says:

    Lots of baking with lots of apples from our apple tree!

  53. nikky says:

    My girls picked fallen maple leaves and I purchased a white pumpkin. They place the leaves in a circle on the table and put the pumpkin in the middle. To finish off the center piece they colored squares of paper with turkeys on them and taped them all around the pumpkin, it turned out so cute.

  54. It’s actually spring here in Australia, but during our autumn/fall I like to decorate with red/orange leaves in flower arrangements. :)

  55. Donna Joy says:

    Those coasters are just right for my new fall coasters. Love the book, it is fun to have small projects to make up real quick, and give away for gifts.

  56. Emily K. says:

    For Fall I have been using a table setting with dried herbs from my garden in mason jars. It’s subdued and rustic, and goes with anything!

  57. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I think I skipped fall and went straight to Christmas (because of my projects, I haven’t DECORATED yet). I need to do something for Fall, though… LOVE the coasters!

  58. Rebecca says:

    We went to the pumpkin patch to select the Great Pumpkin for my grandson. Later, we had my 2 year old grandson fingerprint leaves and pumpkins for decorations.

  59. AP says:

    My 4-year-old collects acorns. I think I see an acorn craft project in his future with felt and embroidery thread. Thanks!

  60. Melanie C says:

    Love those acorns!
    We have a few mini pumpkins and a quilt out right now.

  61. Sadie says:

    We’ve been adding gourds & Indian corn and PUMPKINS everywhere!!

  62. Allison says:

    Love the project! I will add it to my list – I’m always looking for something small enough to keep me busy while traveling but not too big.
    This fall I’m working on making enough felted acorns to make a wreath… The trouble is they are so cute I keep using them for other projects, gift wrapping or just giving them away!

  63. Sheena says:

    The book looks so sweet! I’d love to whip up a few of the projects for my nephew!

  64. Debbie says:

    Very cute

  65. Jen says:

    Adorable fox!

  66. Taysha Riggs says:

    I love fall colors anyway but I’m getting my kitchen table-scape all ready for fall

  67. Lily says:

    I love autumn, when all the leaves turn colors–this felt coaster project is so cute, and I love the fall colors!

  68. Rose says:

    You have a totally adorable project here. I can’t wait to share with my sister . She still has young children at home; mine are adults. that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try this project out. I already have all the materials in my sewing room and this project will get some fall spirit inthe house. I live in South florida so you can tell when fall is here when we are spending more time outdoors and have turned off the air conditioning and opened up the windows. Let the wind blow through . Thanks for the chance at winning this really cute book, I think the projects can bring out a lot of smiiles. Have a great day, enjoy the season :)

  69. Christine M says:

    I love your acorn coasters. Here in Australia we are in Spring. But I do love the colours of Autumn (Fall). I love the fox on the cover of your book. Thanks for the chance.

  70. SS Sews says:

    we have a couple little pumpkins around the house.

  71. Renae says:

    Added all my Fall decorations around the house.
    My kids would love to craft up some of these.

  72. Denise says:

    This book looks like it has some fun projects in it. Love to work with felt and these acorn coasters probably would be my first project. That owl is very tempting too.

  73. LindaSonia says:

    Decorating with freshly made velvet pumpkins, harvest and give thanks garlands and plenty of multi colored leaves! Love Fall!

  74. Anya says:

    Ooo, apple pie, kid-made halloween decorations, leaf piles. Fall!!!

  75. Dresden says:

    Oh my! What adorable coasters. That book looks amazing. I hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Serena says:

    Happy, indeed! So far we have random colorful leaves scattered around the house and some pumpkins on the stoop.

  77. Sharonnz says:

    We love working with felt here. It’s all topsy turvy though – we’re ALL about springtime and blossoms and butterflys;-)

  78. Laurie Anne says:

    We’ve been eating alot more squashes and gourds, drinking pumpkin chai lattes, I made a leaf garland that I hang over the fireplace mantle, lighting candles both for the scent and relaxing ambiance, cozying up in front of the fireplace, brought out our fall pattern tablecloths/placemats.We love autumn around here :) Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  79. Michelle says:

    In order to buy more fabric, I need to cut down on my scrap stash. So I’m using Fall as a time for renewal and gratefulness by making napkins as gifts out of scraps.

  80. Bruinbr says:

    These are adorable! I can think up a ton of other uses for fall decor too! Very fun!

  81. Bianca says:

    Autumn is harvest season when we pick corn, carrots, grapes, apples, nuts and other fruits and vegetables. Everything is stored in the cellar for the winter. Children play in the house with leaves, nuts, draw Fall issues. It’s so nice season.

  82. Sandryte says:

    I’ve just found a super beautiful candle-holders which look like to be knitted. I love them!

  83. Michele T says:

    I am displaying handiworks that I have made or that others have made around the house!!! This book looks very sweet and I have some felt that I don’t know what to make with it (hint, hint!!) Thanks for the chance!

  84. Sallie says:

    We have fall placemats and a glass pumpkin on the table, and cinnamon candles burning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Elizabeth says:

    I get to soak up the fall by just looking out my window. We are on the 8th floor of our building and look out over some amazing fall foliage as the leaves start to change color!

  86. Debbie H says:

    Fall quilts and knits. thanks!

  87. Charlotte says:

    We have had fun making Felted acorns. This nook looks awesome! Hope we win. Thanks

  88. Baking and pumpkins and fall colors — loving it!

  89. Patty D says:

    What a cute little project! I like to decorate with my fall quilts scattered around the house.

  90. Lizzie says:

    What an adorable project! I want to make this, but turn it into a garland for our mantle. I’ve been on a pumpkin buying spree – I pick up a couple every time I’m at the market and have been arranging them all over the house!

  91. Else T says:

    Love these little coasters. I’ll definitely make some! And yes, please enter me to win this lovely book! Thanks!

  92. beth says:

    Apple pie and hot cider have been making our house feel like fall!

  93. Kathy Gordon says:

    Fall quilts are everywhere in mt house. Autumn colors rule!

  94. Witches and pumkins are sitting on shelves around the house to decorate for fall!

  95. Wendy says:

    I am bringing in things from nature to decorate my table, acorns, leaves, lots of pumpkins and winter squash. Would love a copy of this book!

  96. Lisa says:

    My 3 year old son and I collect fallen leaves then get out our pencil crayons and do rubbings on white paper. You can either cut them out and hang them, or just frame them as is.

  97. Sarah Wimberley says:

    I’m infusing fall in our first home this year by crafting a front door wreath, lots of halloween decor and these! Will be great to use even through Thanksgiving!

  98. heidi says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! My daughter and I go for a walk everyday and if sh thanks fe finds something “soecial” we bring it home for our autum display. we have one windowsill in our living room dedicated to the seasons treasures. It is currently full of twigs, pinecones and pretty leaves! Thanks for the chance to win.

  99. Andy G says:

    We always start adding fall to our home in the kitchen first. A little bit of pumpkin can be turned into so many delicious and yummy smelling treats. It really sets the season off right.

  100. M.F.Peterson says:

    We’re making our home a little more Fall-friendly by bringing in the beautiful leaves we find and taping them to a brown paper tree I cut out for the kids. We’re also baking with apples and decorating with mini pumpkins and gourds. Fall is my favorite season of all!

  101. Larissa says:

    Fall! I love Fall! Our family loves to bring nature in, so we make use of nuts, leaves, gourds, pumpkins, mums, etc. and display them in creative ways on the table and mantel.

  102. Catherine says:

    We have a fall wreath (burlap & faux leaves) on our front door and autumn scented candles in the living areas.

  103. Taryn says:

    I’m infusing fall into our lives with lots of APPLES. Not a lot of time for sewing this fall (though I’m desperately trying to finish some PJs for my husband), but I am making time for apples: freezing some apple pie filling soon hopefully!

  104. MelodyJ says:

    I’m going to cook and bake using the produce of the season.

  105. Wendy says:

    Absolute lovely! We’re bringing fall indoors with bowls of acorns and leaf garlands!

  106. SewLindaAnn says:

    Oh Sweet, I love the pattern, they’ll be fun to make. For Fall, on the days that we have the weather, I bring out homemade blankets to snuggle with. I’ve also pulled some Fall type recipes to make like pumpkin dip.

  107. Colleen says:

    This is a sweet little project! I like to change my rugs and hang fall quilts.

  108. Brandy Rucker says:

    Oh gosh, I love infusing fall with baking, collecting leaves and a new fall craft. This year e are working in a bunting.

  109. Emily V. says:

    Looks like a fun book! I bought some funky looking gourds and put them on the dining room table. :)

  110. natali says:

    Looks like a really fun book with cute ideas! We infuse fall in our home through our seasonal table, I have made some acorn people and cute gnomes to put on there :)

  111. Brie says:

    Looks like an awesome book! We have a felt leave garland hanging but these little coasters sure would make a cute garland too!

  112. Lynette says:

    I love working with felt! The coasters are delightful and will add a nice fall touch to our home. The book! so excited for a chance to win. I also like that felt is so easy to work with, It’s how I’ve been introducing my girls to different embroidery stitches.

  113. meghann says:

    Those coasters are darling, and the book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance. xo

  114. Terry Kessinger says:

    Acorns! Painted and gilded acorns are this year’s fall project

  115. amy says:

    I have been bringing in leaves and pressing them for display. I just can’t pass up all those colors just getting stepped on;-)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  116. Molly Martin says:

    I took my children (ages 6 & 2) on a nature hike in our neighborhood. We gathered autumn treasures and them make art crafts with them. My daughter made a googley eyed fairy with a leaf skirt and a thistle flower body.

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