I was drinking coffee and trying to concentrate on my studies, but sadly I didn't have a small coaster to place the coffee mug. Now, I can't just place the mug on my reading table or books, so I had to make a coaster right away.... finally I had an excuse to make something! :p
I had 2 bundles of nylon rope in the store room and a super easy idea to make a coaster.
Most people use hot glue for making rope coasters but I didn't., I used needle and thread to stitch the whole coaster. Anyways, lets not waste time and make one right now!
Step 1: Materials Needed
- Nylon rope- it's better to use dark colored ropes,
- Lighter- to burn the edges of the rope,
- Needle and thread- usual sewing needle and thread,
Step 2: The Center
Take the rope and hold it from any one end,
Use a lighter to burn the edge,
Prepare the needle and thread (use 2 strands of thread) and attach it with the rope on the burnt end by tying a knot,
Make a small spiral (or swirl) on that end and stitch the spiral using needle and thread (so that the spiral wouldn't come off)- see 3rd picture of this step,
Now circle the rope around that spiral and again stitch the second round of rope all the way through as shown in the picture,
I circled the rope 3 times for the center stitching.
Step 3: The Base
The center is now secure, so lets do the rest.
You'll have to circle the rope and stitch it at the mean time,
Stitch every outer circle of the rope with the previous circle of the rope (see picture), this way every single spiral will be attached to each other and the coaster will be secure. See the pictures of this step.
Try to keep the stitches hidden. If you follow the technique I used the stitches won't be visible. Simply stitch the rope from vertical center each time- see the 3rd picture if this step.
Step 4: The Border
Once the spiral rope reaches the required size- you can stop circling the rope,
Do 2-3 stitches on that end.
The coaster seemed boring and too ordinary so I added a wavy border, which was very easy :)
Slightly fold the rope, hold it tightly with the spiral rope and stitch the folded edge with the spiral rope- see 2nd picture of this step.
keep doing the same until you reach the last fold or wave.
Step 5: Final Touch
When you'll reach the last fold/ wave measure the length of rope you'll need - to make the last wave,
Cut the rope by keeping half an inch extra, burn the end using a lighter,
Press the burnt end with the spiral rope and stitch. Tie a knot when you're done.
Done! I would prefer using dark colored ropes for making this coaster. It was fun and easy, hope you like it :)