It’s No Ring November!

It’s No Ring November courtesy of Carla over at Creatin’ in the Sticks!

Several years ago I started making seasonal coasters for my mom and so I trotted out my old ideas and started a set that would make a fun stocking stuffer! I still haven’t hooked the old computer up from when we evacutated ahead of the fire threat (I know, I know it’s been over a year…) .

Anyway, without my old patterns, I decided to use an old sewing trick and drafted a quick 3.0″ finished square with a simple tree design. Then, so I didn’t have to trace it three more times, I used my unthreaded sewing machine to stitch my penciled lines through all four layers of paper.

Voila! Four matching patterns with the added bonus of pre-perforating the paper so it’s even easier to remove.

I like to make and trim my coaster and then quilt them to a slightly larger piece of fabric.

After I quilt it, I trim the excess batting and trim the back fabric so it extends just 3/4″ beyond the trimmed batting. Then I fold the backing around the front and hand stitch it down.

I’ve tried machine stitching these but I really like the look of the hand stitching. They’re not perfect but they make a nice spot of color under a cup or glass.

This is a great place to use up leftover scraps and bits. I’ve made seasonal coasters with flowers, leaves, fish and more fun things. I hope you’ll dig into your scraps and whip up a set of these for yourself and maybe one for a friend!

I’d love to see them if you do. You can tag me over at Instagram at @bethstrand

Be sure to check out these other talented folks and thank Carla for putting this party together!

Happy Quilting!


Monday, November 15th

Just Let Me Quilt



Karrin’s Crazy World

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Tuesday, November 16th

Words & Stitches

Quilting Gail

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilt Schmilt

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Wednesday, November 17th

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Days Filled With Joy

Hill Valley Quilter

Just Sew Quilter

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Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, November 18th

Creatin’ in the Sticks
Sew Many Yarns


Songbird Designs

Beckys Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Creative Latitude

33 responses to “It’s No Ring November!

  1. inflorescencedesigns7f538ce9d0

    What a clever idea to use your unthreaded needle to trace your pattern. I going to have to use that tip. Thanks for sharing! Your tree mug rug is simply sweet.

  2. Sally Christiansen

    Cute mug rug! I have not tried binding this way and think I will have to try it. Thanks!

  3. Your tree is so cute. Thank you for all the tips and tricks. I will definitely use them. Thank you for joining No Ring November!

  4. I love the tree coasters, and what a clever way to make a paper piecing pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Seasonal coasters are a wonderful idea!

  6. Love the tree mug rug! I like that way of binding too.

  7. Perfect mug rugs for the holidays. Very festive.

  8. Oh that turned out very cute. What an awesome idea to use the sewing machine to mark the lines.

  9. What a fun way to scrap/stash bust. Your tree mugrug is so festive. I haven’t tried bringing the fabric from the backing over to the top, for a binding, but what a great idea. I think that is going in my bag of tricks that I must try. I’m with you on hand binding. I am never satisfied with my machine binding. LOL!

  10. How sweet. 🙂 To top it off, your instructions are lovely and will make the process super easy. Thanks.

  11. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Love your Christmas Tree mug rug, Beth! Thanks for sharing!

  12. so simple and festive. thanks for sharing and inspiring

  13. Such a simple and cute idea for coasters! Pre-perforating the paper is an excellent tip!

  14. Britt-Inger Jönsson

    Lovely coasters and so simple pattern. thank you for sharing

  15. Simple yet perfect for the season

  16. Love the tree coasters!

  17. What a great idea to perforate the paper that way! I love how pretty your tree turned out…thanks for sharing!

  18. Love the tree mug rug! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Well, well, well, Beth! Aren’t you just so clever?!! Not only are these so darn cute but you shared a fabulous tip with all of us, too. Thank you for the inspiration!! So seasonally lovely. ~smile~ Roseanne

  20. I love the way you sewed the paper first and your trees look great

  21. I love Christmas mugs, and I have a collection. Thanks for your idea! Hopefully I can make a few in the coming weeks.

  22. I like your tree mug rug.

  23. Now I feel foolish for not thinking to use my machine and copy patterns!

  24. Such a cute mug rug. I also like that method of binding smaller projects, like mug rugs. Your hand quilting looks fabulous.

  25. Love these coasters and am really liking the tip regarding sewing your pattern through the 4 layers. Will be giving that a try in the near future. Thanks

  26. so pretty and festive with the tree.

  27. Super cute Christmas tree coaster for The Hop!!

  28. Thank you for sharing your cute Christmas tree coaster!

  29. Your new coaster is fab. I like that trick of using the backing fabric for the binding too.

  30. Oh love it! And great idea to use that binding method! xx

  31. It’s so nice to have a tree on your table at this time of year. Beautiful!

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