Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas Coasters

Finally, another finished project!  Took me long enough.

I decided to tackle a relatively easy project. Some simple Christmas coasters.  I picked up two coordinating fat quarters of these Michael Miller fabrics recently and decided to make some reversible coasters. I was originally going to try for some pinwheel coasters, but I decided instead to just make simple reversible squares.

I cut squares from both fat quarters, I think they were 4 1/2" square.

Christmas coasters 1

Right sides together, I sewed around with a 1/4" seam, leaving a gap on one side for turning, and clipping the corners.

Christmas coasters 2

I then cut squares of batting around 4 1/4" square, and then holding them in place on the wrong side of the fabric, turned the squares right side out with the batting getting stuffed inside in the process. (This turned out to be much easier than what I tried for the first coaster, which was to stuff the batting through the turning hole AFTER I turned the coaster right side out, after which I had to fiddle with it for 10 or 15 minutes to lie square because all it wanted to do was get stuck and stick to the fabric where it shouldn't be.) I used a point turner to poke out my corners.

I then turned in the edges of the hole and pinned it shut, and top-stitched around the entire coaster at somewhere between a 1/8" and 1/4" seam (I wasn't super precise from one coaster to the next.) This finished off the coasters and sewed shut the turning hole.

Christmas coasters 3

Super easy. I'm sure I didn't need to explain how I did these here, as even the most beginning of beginners could figure this one out. But I like 'em! Can't wait for Christmas to use them!

Christmas coasters 4

Editing to add -- I've added my project to Sew and Tell over at AmyLouWho's.  Go check out everyone else's links!

Editing again -- I am totally lame, I messed up in adding my link at Sew and Tell and accidentally linked to my blog and not this post, as we were specifically instructed to do.  I just had a total boneheaded space out moment.  Sorry!  Hopefully people will still stop by and check out my humble coasters. :)


Dotty Jane said...

That's beautiful fabric and a great simple project. I did the same thing with the batting the last time I made coasters:) Next time it's getting a shot of spray adhesive.


sewtakeahike said...

I love the fabric you chose Jennifer! I had never thought of doing the batting that way, thanks for the tip!!

Leslie said...

these are so cute and so much fun...i don't know if i would be able to give them to people who might potentially get them dirty

Sew It Up! said...

These are great and would make wonderful gifts for any occasion. Thanks for sharing!

beth said...

love your coasters! I made some JUST like them this week! I think your fabric was a MUCH better choice though.

Heather said...

Very pretty! Love your choice of fabrics! :o)

Dee said...

What cute coasters! I love that fabric for the holidays and am so glad they worked out for you! Great finish for Friday's Sew and Tell!


Rene' said...

Great coasters!!! Love them. I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea ;-))) (I have stolen quite a few from this week's Sew & Tell Friday).

Don't feel bad about the linking. It took me two weeks to get it right ;-)))

SueWis said...

Cute! I love your choice of fabrics.

Catherine said...

These are so cute and a great little tutorial of how you made them. Love the fabrics you've used.

amylouwho said...

Since these are so cute - we'll forgive you your boneheaded moment. We all have them. And really - these are SO cute. I have this fabric too... hmmmmm.