Tuesday, September 20, 2011

{Coaster Tutorial}

My Mom really needs a tutorial for the Halloween Coasters I made last week, so I thought I would post it here. These are super simple, and a good project for a sewing machine beginner (like my Mom, whose been faking it all these years, as I learned this week!) But that's okay...she's learning! :)
So maybe someone else can benefit from this, too.
These are made with Halloween fabric, but obviously you can use whatever you want.
My pictures are of ONE coaster, but I actually made a set of 5 all together. 
Here you go, Mom!

Halloween Coasters
1. Cut the following for a set of 5 coasters: 
(5) front fabric pieces, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
(5) back fabric pieces, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
(10) pieces of fusible fleece (2 for each coaster), about 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"each
(as long as they are SMALLER than your fabric all the way around, it really doesn't have to be exact)
This photo shows only enough for ONE coaster.
 2. Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your front fabric and your back fabric. Put the glue side of the fleece to the wrong side of the fabric, then turn it over and iron from the RIGHT side. It will look like this when you're done:
3. Now pin the two pieces of your coaster, RIGHT sides together, on 3 sides.
4. Sew on 3 sides.

5. Turn right side out, pushing out the corners with a pencil. It will look like this:
6. Turn under the open edge, line it up, and pin it together.
7. Topstitch the open end together, then continue all the way around the coaster. You will topstitch in a little way from the edge.
Your finished border of topstitching will look like this:
I like to add another row of topstitching just for interest. If you do that, just use your first topstitch line as your guide and go around again. If you do 2 rows, it will look like this:
 Voila! Mom...you just made a coaster! Now repeat with your remaining pieces to make a whole set.
Hopefully they all turn out like these...
Thanks for stopping by!

Creative Itch

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