30 Minute Christmas Coasters by The Nosy Pepper

Hello JaimeSews readers!  I’m Cyndi and I blog over at The Nosy Pepper, I’m super excited to show you a super quick and easy scrap friendly project that is perfect for Christmas. When Jaime asked me to guest post a Christmas post, I was a bit nervous, as I’m mostly a bag sewer.   Since I realize that few people are going to want a Holiday themed bag, I decided to do something much quicker and easier. So, in comes the 30 minute Christmas Coasters! These are so simple to make and use such little fabric, you could make several sets in no time.I think I’m going to make several more to have on hand for all those last minute gifts you end up needing.

1/4 yard (or less) of felt
Fat quarter of quilting weight cotton (you can get more than 4 coasters out of 1 FQ, or you can use scraps to mix and match!)
Contrasting thread (I used a gold thread but any contrasting will do)
Pinking Shears
Embroidery scissors or other small scissors
Water soluble pen or Frixion Pen
Find a round object that is slightly larger than the finished size you like ( I had a bowl that was about 5 inches in diameter that was perfect). Trace 6 circles from the felt and 4 from the fabric.
There are two different types of coasters,the first kind, I just put the fabric against the felt (wrong sides facing) and stitched around the circumference of the circle using a 1/2″ seam. Then, simply stitch in a zig zag fashion to make the shape of a tree. Lastly, use your pinking shears to trim your seam allowance around the circle to 1/4″. Easy Peasy! For all you quilters out there, you could do any design, stockings, ornaments, santa hats etc.

For the second kind (and my favorite). You will need 2 pieces of felt and 1 piece of fabric. Put your fabric and felt together like before, with wrong sides facing. Next take a 2nd piece of felt an draw a design that will give you plenty of space to cut around (I chose a star, but you could make an ornament, or a stocking if you like). Place that piece of felt on top of the cotton (you should have one piece on top of the felt and one on the bottom). Stitch around the circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance and then stitch directly on stop of the design you just drew.

With a seam ripper carefully (very carefully…you only want to cut the felt on top and not into the fabric beneath it) make a rip in the felt then use your scissors to cut as close to the stitches as you can.

Then like before, take your pinking shears and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. That’s it! You can mix and match both styles like I did, or just pick your favorite!

Thanks so much for having me Jaime! I had so much fun making these!


The Josephine (Christmas) Dress

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Well, I know that Christmas is over and the New Year is here, but I wanted to share with you today the Christmas Dress I made for my daughter this year.

When we found out we were having a girl almost 3 years ago, I was a little freaked out. I was always a tom-boy and wasn’t sure how I’d handle relating to a girl when I had always been one of the boys, so to say. Well, it has truly been a blessing to have our little miss Elise. And I’m here to tell you, while she loves the color pink, she is definitely a girl I can relate to and admire.

Josephine Christmas Dress | JaimeSews

You see, she refused to have her picture taken until there was a sword in her hand. WARRIOR PRINCESS! YESSSsssssss! Ok, on to the dress. This is yet another FooFooThreads dress. (Click here to see the fancy FooFooThreads dress I made for her Halloween Costume.) You know I’m a former tom-boy when I say, if I could, I would dress her in a FooFooThreads dress every day. I can’t get over the cuteness. But my very favorite part is that while it is beautiful, it is equally practical.


The front looks well fitted, but the back is completely elasticized. This is awesome for several reasons: 1) No closure (zipper, buttons/buttonholes) to sew. 2) Elastic means comfort. What woman doesn’t want to look amazing and be comfortable at the same time ?! 3) She can wear it much longer since there is so much give. In fact, since Halloween, she’s requested to wear her Pretty Pretty Pink Princess dress several times in dress up and it still fits even though it is a size down in the bodice from this dress. 4) It’s SOoooo easy – all you do is hand wind a bobbin with elastic thread and sew rows back and forth at an equal distance. The closer together your rows, the more it gathers and if you need a little more, a shot with a steam iron pulls it up even more. Seriously. Elastic thread in the bobbin, sew, and it magically gathers just.like.that. EASY! As I did for the Halloween dress, I made her size in the bodice, but a size 5 in the length. I wanted it to be ankle length and it’s perfect – she can run around with ease, but it has the formality of the length. Since it’s made from cotton, it’s easy to wash & wear.

sadsword(Are you done yet? )  Anyway, here are all the details:

Pattern: Josephine Dress from FooFooThreads

Main Fabric: Christmas Peace by Windham Fabrics

Sash, Red & Gold Ruffle Fabrics: From F&M Fabrics locally

Elastic Thread: Wawak Sewing