Make things even more festive with Elf Coasters from Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection by Aimee Ray!

We love Aimee’s designs and it’s fun to see the latest in her popular Doodle Stitching series. (Here are two favorite, free projects from the series: Sashiko Placemats + Farmer’s Market Tote Bag.)

From the publisher:
Happy holiday doodles! This cheery installment in the popular Doodle Stitching series by powerhouse author Aimee Ray gives embroiderers a festive collection of motifs to try. Of course, it’s filled with super-cute Christmas ideas, from Santa’s sleigh to the Nutcracker ballet, but also with designs for New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Hanukkah and more. Loaded with more than 20 how-to projects and 300+ new motifs—in the book and on the CD— this is the ultimate year-round stitching resource.

Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection sounds like fun all year ’round! We’re focused on Christmas right now so these Elf Coasters below are just the thing! Download the free designs and start stitching…

Want to see Santa laugh so his round little belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly? Set these elf coasters out with his cookies and milk!

Project Designer: Mollie Johanson

What You Need:
(One coaster.)

  • Embroidery Toolbox
  • Templates + Motifs
  • White fabric, 5 inches (12.7 cm) square (allows fabric for hooping)
  • Green or red wool blend felt, 41?4 x 81?2 inches (10.8 x 21.6 cm)
  • Embroidery floss, 1 skein each of red, green, light green, light coral, dark brown, light brown, pink, and light pink*
  • Double-sided, paper-backed fusible interfacing, 4 inches (10.2 cm) square

*Mollie used DMC embroidery floss colors 304, 3346, 3348, 353, 433, 435, 760 and 761.

Finished Size: 4 inches (10.2 cm) diameter
Stitches: Back Stitch, French Knot, Running Stitch, Satin Stitch, Scallop Stitch, Stem Stitch

1. Transfer one elf motif from the Templates + Motifs PDF download onto the white fabric and embroider according to the stitch guide.

2. Iron the fusible interfacing to the back of your embroidery, then cut around the design in a circle about 31?2 inches (8.9 cm) in diameter.

3. Use the ring template in the Templates + Motifs PDF download to cut one large solid circle and one ring shape from the felt. Iron the embroidered fabric to the center of the solid felt circle.

4. Place the felt ring on top of the assemblage, then stitch around the outside edge and the inner edge of the felt ring using contrasting floss and the Running Stitch. Hide the knots between
the felt layers. Repeat all steps to make the remaining coasters.

Tip: If you expect to use these coasters with extra hot beverages or on very valuable surfaces, you may wish to add an additional solid circle of felt on the back for more protection.

Reprinted with permission from Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection © 2014 by Aimee Ray, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Lark Books.