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10.30.2013

"look for less" design challenge


When I was contacted to be part of a "Look for Less" design challenge with some other amazing bloggers, I jumped at the opportunity. The idea behind this challenge was to find a look I loved but was too expensive for my taste or budget, then DIY it myself for less. 
Please meet the other girls participating in the challenge:
Rachel | Like a Saturday
Andrea | Life Love Larson
Kayla Home Coming


My "Look for Less" project:
DIY Anthropologie Tee-pee Coasters


When I stumbled across these adorable linen coasters on the Anthropologie website, I was immediately smitten. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many coasters around. Even though I do shop at Anthropologie for unique home decor items, I couldn't justify spending money on something I knew I could make. My coasters turned out to be free since I had all of the materials on hand from other projects. If you were to buy the linen & embroidery thread to complete this project you'd probably spend around $5.00 - $7.00.

... what you'll need to make your own ...
(list below makes 4 coasters)

8 - 5"x5" pieces of linen
4 - 5"x5" pieces of fusible white felt
brown embroidery thread
sewing machine/thread
pencil
needle
ruler

... instructions ...

STEP [1]
Cut out 8 - 5"x5" linen pieces (2 pieces per coaster). With a pencil & ruler, doodle your tee-pee design on your linen. I didn't worry about making each tee-pee identical. 


STEP [2]
Cut out 4 - 5"x5" pieces of fusible felt (1 piece for each coaster). Iron the felt to the back of the 4 pieces of linen that have tee-pees drawn on them. The felt will help stabilize your stitching and give your coasters some loft.


STEP [3]
With your needle & embroidery thread, begin stitching the outline of the tee-pee. Once the outline is complete, fill in the center of the tee-pee with diagonal stitches across the design.

STEP [4]
With the extra 4 pieces of linen, sew the right sides of your coasters together (your felt should be facing out) leaving a small space to turn your coaster right side out. Press flat & top stitch about 1/8" in around the entire coaster to close the space used to turn your coaster. Ta-da! You've completed your first coaster. Repeat all steps for the remaining 3 coasters.

Click on the images below to check out all of the other amazing "Look for Less" projects completed during this design challenge:
 http://likeasaturday.com/2013/10/30/look-for-less-drink-station/
 http://gracelangdon.blogspot.com/2013/10/design-challenge-look-for-less.html


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9 comments:

  1. Shannon, these turned out awesome! You officially win the "for less" part of this challenge! Your version looks even BETTER than the anthro version. Great job, I love them!

    xo, Kylie

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  2. I can't believe you made these for free!!! Congrats. They look great.

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  3. LOVE these! I really like that you embroidered them - it adds even more character!

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  4. wow those look the same for freeeee! awesome!

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  5. I'm so inspired by people who can sew! These are so incredibly adorable!

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  6. Way too cute! And when I see yours next to the Anthro version I prefer yours!

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  7. These are so cute! I love the simplicity. I'm inspired by -- and pinning! -- this!

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  8. those coasters are super cute and you did them up right!

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