Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tutorial: Coasters ~ Two Ways

I have a thing for coasters.  

I really, really like them, in fact, 
I have coasters in every room of my house!  

Here's a secret, sewing coasters is SUPER simple!  

So simple, that I wrote up two tutorials for today! 

One for square coasters
 and 

one for round coasters!
 



Square Coasters

Materials for one coaster:
  • 2 - 6" squares of cotton fabric
  • 1 - 6" square of batting, I prefer to use bamboo batting

Instructions:


1.  Place your two 6" cotton squares right sides together.  

2.  Put your 6" square of batting on top of the two squares.


3.  Pin and sew down each side using a 5/8" seam allowance.  
Leaving a 3/4" - 1" gap on one side for turning.  

Hint:  Backstitch at the beginning and ending of each stitch line.  This will prevent unraveling of the stitches at the corners after the next step. 

4.  Cut the corners off, close but not too close to the corner stitches.  

5.  Turn coaster right side out through the stitching gap. 
Push each corner out into a point.  
Drag your turner along the sides as well.  
Tuck in the turning gap so that all sides are very straight.

Press on high with steam to make your coaster very straight and crisp.
6.  Stitch at 1/2" seam allowance around the edges of the coaster.

Press again and tada!





Round Coasters

Materials for one coaster:
  • 2 - 6" (diameter) circles of cotton fabric
  • 1 - 6" (diameter) circle of batting, I prefer to use bamboo batting

Instructions:


1.  Place one of the circles, right side down.
Place the batting on top of the wrong side of that circle. 
Place the other circle wrong side down on top of the batting. 



2.  Pin and sew 3/8" from the edge of the circle "sandwich".

 3.  Optional:  Sew(quilt) design onto the coaster.
 4.  Use fray block around the cotton edges of each circle.
 That's it!  Tada!  Fun, circle, raw edged coasters.



The BEST thing about all these coaster is that they are machine washable!  Wash, dry, and Iron!

HAVE FUN whipping up a bunch of coasters! :) 


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