::simple coasters::

May 6, 2007 at 8:46 pm 67 comments

One of the 171 blogs that I read regularly posted a pic of a lovely coaster she had made. To help break up the quilting on the Green Road quilt I decided to give it a whirl with some of my scraps.
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I’m just tickled with them and thought I’d share how I put them together. They go together lightening fast and I could see making these as last-minute gifts. Read the full post if you’d like to give ‘em a whirl.

::simple coasters::

Two caveats:
I’m not a tutorial writer, so let me know if I’m not explaining something clearly.
I’m probably making a mockery of any proper sewing techniques. This worked for me…but apologies to real stitchers.

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For each coaster you will need:

  • 1 back square – 4.5″x4.5″
  • 4 accent rectangles – 1.5″x2″ (this is an awesome project for those little scraps you can’t bear to toss)
  • 1 top rectangle – 4.5″x3″ (I’m using linen, but cotton would be fine too)
  • 1 low-loft batting square – ~4.5″x4.5″ (I used 100% cotton)

(Measurements include 1/4 in. seam allowance. All seams sewn with 1/4 in. seam allowance)none
Sew the accent rectangles into a row (with long sides together). Press seams in one direction.

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Pin the right side of the top rectangle and the accent row together. Sew.

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Lay back fabric over the batting (wrong side to the batting).
Place coaster top face down on top fo the backing fabric and pin.

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Sew around the edge leaving a 1.5″ gap for turning.
Make sure to reinforce your stitches at the corners and at either edge of the turning gap.

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Clip corners and trim seam allowance to approx. 1/8″ on the three closed sides.
On the side with the turning gap, trim the batting even with the fabric but don’t trim the fabric especially at the gap (you’ll need that to sew it closed.)

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Turn your coaster right-side out.

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And use a corner tool or a chopstick to press out the corners into nice points.
Tuck in the edges of the turning gap so they’re flush with the rest of the coaster edge and press.

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Hand sew the turning gap closed using an invisible stitch.

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Ta-da!

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And they’re reversible!

Enjoy.

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  • 1. Hope Thomas  |  May 6, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    AWESOME!!!

    Reply
  • 2. nancy  |  May 7, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Those are so neat! I wanna make some now. Gotta dig out the sewing machine and scraps….

    Reply
  • 3. Mickncrispy  |  May 7, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Lovely. I whipped up some of these last night. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Reply
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  • 5. Janice  |  July 13, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    I just made these from linen and japanese fabric for a little housewarming present. So fun. Thank you for the tutorial! I’m not sure I agree with the quick part though, lol! I made six and then made a little bag to put them in (idea from: http://tcaovar.blogspot.com/search/label/Coasters. ) It makes a very neat little set and fun way to gift it. Plus it took about five minutes to make :) Mine are viewable at the Sewmamasew flicker group.

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  • 6. Janice  |  July 14, 2007 at 2:20 am

    sorry…link to sewmamasew flicker group: http://flickr.com/photos/93604221@N00/802002096/in/pool-sewmamagroup/

    reverse side: http://flickr.com/photos/93604221@N00/802002154/in/pool-sewmamagroup/

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  • 7. Jude  |  July 31, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you – I love these.

    Reply
  • 8. leslie  |  September 5, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    thank you so much for this tutorial! you made it look so easy….can’t wait to try!~

    Reply
  • 9. Beth  |  September 24, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Hello! I work with Kristin on her Sew, Mama, Sew blog and we wanted to ask you about linking to your tutorials… Your email address keeps bouncing back. Would you mind contacting me via email for details? We love your work!

    Thanks so much,
    Beth

    Reply
  • 10. Mónica  |  October 15, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Geat work.
    Simple, easy and lovely!

    Reply
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  • 12. Three Girls and A Goat  |  November 13, 2007 at 3:18 am

    I just love this idea for Christmas presents, and your choice of ‘left-overs’ is superb. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  • 13. Kakariki  |  November 14, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Hi thanks for the great tutorial! I made some today and it was very easy to follow. And it didn’t take to long, even with a 9 month old interrupting every 5 minutes!

    Thanks!

    Reply
  • 14. Mary Beth  |  November 14, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I just found this via Sew Mama Sew. Your coasters are really pretty. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’ll have to try these for next year!

    Reply
  • 15. Dielle  |  November 15, 2007 at 5:16 am

    Found this from Ottobre Sewing group. I’m so excited to make these for my SIL for Christmas, it’s the perfect gift for her!! Thanks so much!

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  • 17. Wendy  |  November 20, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    These are awesome! I am fairly new to the sewing world and this seems like a fairly easy project:) Thanks for sharing!!

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  • 18. lindsey  |  November 20, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    found you through the sew mama sew handmade gift guide… these turned out beautiful and i have to say i LOVE your color/print choices of your fabrics!

    Reply
  • 19. beewswithoutborders  |  December 11, 2007 at 2:39 am

    These are the cutest. I am making some for my mom tomorrow as part of her Christmas present! Thanks for the easy directions and pictures!

    Reply
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  • 22. Lissa  |  May 10, 2008 at 2:14 am

    woohoo.. I need some quick gifties to make this week (um I got two days of sewing to perform miracles in) and these would be PERFECT gifts!

    thanks!

    Reply
  • 23. fana  |  May 10, 2008 at 2:15 am

    lovely coaster! =)

    Reply
  • 24. Mrs. L  |  July 14, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hi! I love this coaster idea! I also wanted to let you know that I linked to this page from my blog. I hope you don’t mind:) Thanks!

    Reply
  • 25. Lu  |  August 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    My daughter and I were wanting to make some coasters for my sister in law (my daughter’s aunt) as a thank you gift. These coaster are perfect for her. Thank you for the idea and will keep you posted to let you know how they turn out. It looks simple enough and like fun. Just make some for my daughter and my self…lol

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  • 28. halfempty  |  November 2, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I made a couple…they are really cute. Also a great new way so use up the ridiculously tiny bits of favorite fabrics that I can’t throw away. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  • 31. Lavinia  |  December 2, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Thanks!!! I´ll give it a try, would make lovely Crhistmas gifts ^_^

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  • 32. Suzanne  |  December 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial!…I made a bunch for gifts and turned out great.

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  • 33. Mona  |  December 30, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Where is the pattern for the coaste holder?
    Thanks

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    I luv’ them! !!!!

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  • 39. Cristina  |  September 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    exactly what i needed!

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  • 41. robert bothma  |  September 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    wow these are so cute cant wait to get started on these, my scraps will not be safe. they can here me say “here i come”

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    Do you need to line them with anything?

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    I wrote about your coasters on my blog

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    I have worked for an office furniture company for many years . Being in the manufacturing of office screens and chairs we end up with bin loads of off cut Fabric ! Now I have something to do with those troublesome off cuts! Cheers!

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    I’m so excited to have found your tutorial. I wanted to let you know that you inspired me to make some coasters myself, though I haven’t gotten to the quilted ones as cool as yours yet. But they are definately in the works! Check out mine here : http://stresstheseams.blogspot.com/2010/05/may-you-be-inspired-days-cinco-de-mayo.html

    And while you’re there, make sure to check out my giveaway this month!

    Cheers!

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