Are you ready for summer? I can hardly wait for the scorching sunshine, backyard barbeques, and icy cold drinks dripping with condensation. In anticipation of the outdoor entertaining season, I made some placemats and coasters by taking a cue from Blake's great Camp-Inspired Leather Crafts.
Materials you will need: cork placemats and coasters, nylon twine (look in your local hardware store), tape, screw punch, marker, ruler, and scissors.
1. Using a ruler, mark points that are 1/4" from the edge and 3/8" apart.
2. With the smallest hole setting of your screw punch, make holes according to the marker points.
3. Cut a length of twine. Wrap one end with tape to make a stronger tip for sewing - it should resemble a shoelace end.
4. Lace through the holes with whip stitch. Secure ends with a knot (or dab of glue) on the back side.
1. Using a 2-5/8" paper square as a guide, mark points that are 3/8" apart.
2. For stripes (see orange and pink coasters), only punch holes on 2 opposite sides of the square. For a diamond (see yellow coaster), punch holes on all 4 sides of the square.
3. Lace through the holes with straight stitch. For the diamond points: go up and down the same hole, leaving the smallest loop of twine. Secure ends with a knot (or dab of glue) on the back side.