Hello all! Like the new look? It’s still sort of a work in progress, but I think it’s much more
hipster-tastic professional than my old layout.
But today we’re talking coasters. When you’re a kid, coasters seem like such a stupid thing, but then you grow up and plop $200 on a nice table, and suddenly thousands of tiny beads of water are encroaching upon your hard earned cash. Not cute.
We started by making some pallet coasters awhile back, but they came out kinda crummy and fell apart quite quickly. After seeing this knot DIY, however, I figured it was the perfect thing for some rustic coasters. Easy to make and totally gorgeous, you could almost sell these babies at Restoration Hardware. Read on to see how to make them yourself!!
Total Time: Takes awhile to get the knot down, but overall about 20 min per coaster.
Total Cost: A decent amount of rope that can make over 20 coasters costs about $3, so less than 20 cents each.
You Will Need:
– Rope or Twine, whichever type you like. I used this great rough rope to give the rustic/industrial vibe.
– Sewing Thread, while the knot is snug, it will fall apart unless sewn together.
– Sewing Machine, makes the whole process much easier
– Embroidery Thread and Needle, for decorative elements.
Step 1: Knot twine according to pattern. I’m not going to try and explain the knotting to you, because it’s mad difficult. Like I mentioned earlier, this post is a great resource and is what I used. The tricky part is figuring out size. Since the layers will be woven around your first knot, the curved parts, or “petals,” should start as the small inner size. As you weave any open-ness will get filled up and the petals will grow to your desired size. Weave as many layers as you like until it looks nice; I used five. Assuming you will be sewing the coaster don’t worry about taping the ends. It makes the work a bit easier, but is totally optional. I don’t like the way they suggest you secure it however, so read on for how I went about doing that.
Step 2: Sew “petals” or curves of knot straight across. See photo for help. This will secure the knot and prevent unravelling, but the knot will still feel loose and flimsy, an issue fixed in the next step.
Step 3: On back of coaster, sew across each intersection. This works as the final secure for the knot. If you check the front of the coaster while you do this you’ll see that the stitching essentially hides in the weave of the knot, allowing the coaster to be secure while still having the beautiful knotted look on the front. Check the front as you stitch to make sure this is working the way you want to. Also make sure the end of your string is tucked under and sewed secure.
Step 4 (Optional): Use embroidery thread in a color of choice to add decorative patterns that further secure knot. The coaster will be plenty secure at this point, but adding some thick embroidered stitches across the front can look really nice while adding stability. I tried this on one coaster to sew some nice v-shapes, but ultimately found it too labor intensive for a whole set. Your choice!
And you’re done!
How legit is that? This is one of the lovelier things I’ve made. Try a white rope for a nautical look, or a more complex knot for a Celtic theme. You can use this concept with any flat knot and any rope, just adjust to size. I’d love to see how you use this idea!
I’ll have some more apartment DIY and improvement as a part of Operation: Apartment coming up soon, so keep an eye open for that. I also have a new camera to try out, so expect some profesh future posts. And in the meantime,