Felt Watermelon Coaster Set

I love the taste of watermelons, but I also love how they look. They're so fresh, bright, and summery. This felt watermelon basket and coaster set looks as cheery as the real thing. Sew one up in a few hours to add a pretty and practical touch to you summer decor.
Watermelon Basket
For each watermelon basket you'll need: one 9" x 12" sheet each of red and green felt, scraps of green rickrack, black seed beads, and green, red, white, and black embroidery floss. (I like to use a double strand of floss instead of sewing thread because it has a nice sheen.)
To make the outside of the basket, cut a 4 1/2" circle from red felt, a 6" circle from green felt, and an 8 1/2" by 1 1/2" strip from green felt. Cut the red and green circles in half. Use black embroidery floss to sew large black seed beads randomly on the red half-circles. Pin a red half-circle to each green half-circle, aligning the straight edges. Use white embroidery floss to whipstitch the re…

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