Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fabric-covered Coasters!

These made for a fun little housewarming gift, don't you think?

I had seen tutorials for these using scrapbook paper, but I don't scrapbook.  I wanted to use fabric, because I have tons of it.  I combined ideas that I saw in several places, like this, this, and this, and here's what I came up with:

1.  Find four coordinating fabrics.

2.  Cut them into squares to fit on your tiles (I bought mine at Home Depot for 18 cents each).

3.  Start by painting one layer of Mod Podge for Fabric on the wrong side of your first fabric square.  (I did splurge and buy the real deal when I had a Joann's 60% off coupon, so it ended up being less than $3 for an 8 oz jar.)  I used a foam brush to paint it on, and I laid out a piece of cardboard for a workstation to keep the mod podge off the table top.

4.  Then lay the fabric onto the tile (right side up, of course), and smooth out any bubbles with your fingers.

5.  Paint a layer over the top of the fabric, going all the way to the edge of your tile.

6.  Let it dry for a few hours.

7.  At this point, I cut out coordinating felt and hot-glued it to the back of the tile.  You could also do this at the very beginning instead, or at the very end, or after the second coat of mod podge--really, at any point that the mod podge is not wet.

8.  After I glued the felt, I flipped the tiles back over and applied a second coat of the mod podge.  Once it was pretty dry, I trimmed off any little stray threads from the edges.

9.  The next day, I took the tiles outside and sprayed them with a clear enamel spray paint.

10.  Once dry, I stacked them up and tied them with a pretty ribbon.  I tied a matching ribbon around the bottle of wine we brought to the housewarming party too :)

The end!  I'm going to give the photo-printed ones a try too, maybe as a Christmas gift.

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