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You know me. Always looking for easy ways to reduce my scrap fabric mountain, right? So today here is a really quick and easy tutorial on a brilliant way to use up some more of your fabric scraps. Plus these are brilliant gifts in the run up to Christmas, and are also brilliant things to sell at craft fairs. What a win! Here is how to make easy fabric coasters.
How To Make Easy Fabric Coasters
I really am not sure why I haven’t covered these before. They are so easy to make and don’t require much in the way of materials. If you are a quilter then you definitely will have all the scraps needed for these. And a set can be whipped up in less than a half hour.
Want to see how to make them? Then read on.
You Will Need
- Some fabric squares – good quilting or craft cotton is perfect – I had scraps of this spotty red fabric and some coordinating plain scraps
- Some batting or wadding – insulbrite is the best – as it reflects the heat back up to the cup and away from the surface, but to be honest I have found most wadding insulates enough. I used 4oz 100%cotton wadding.
- Scissors, a ruler, pins, a sewing machine and coordinating cotton.
How To Make Them
For each set of coasters I like to make four, so you need to cut 4 pieces of top fabric, 4 bottom pieces and 4 batting pieces. My coasters end up being just under 5 inches square, so I cut my pieces to be 5.5inches by 5.5inches. But if you want smaller or larger coasters just increase or decrease your sizing as required.
To build up the layers ready to sew, place a piece of batting down first, then put the base fabric right side up on top. Finally place the top fabric right side down before pinning all the layers together.
I’ve marked on one side where you need to leave a gap in your sewing these layers together. Sewing using a 3/8inch (1cm) seam allowance and backstitching at the start and end of your sewing, sew all the way around the square, pivoting at the corners and leaving the 2 inch or so gap in one side.
Trim diagonally near the corners.
Turn the whole thing inside outs that the top and bottom fabrics are now on the outside. Push out the corners using a pencil or point turner. And give the whole thing a press.
Then, take it back to the sewing machine and topstitch a 1/8inch or 4-5mm seam allowanced all the way around the coaster. This closes the gap left by turning the coaster the right way out, and gives the finished coaster a professional finish.
The Finished Coaster
Repeat with the other 3 coasters and you have a pretty set of coasters to gift, sell, or just keep for yourself!
I like matching coasters, but you can make these in a variety of colours and a mismatched hodgepodge set would also be a brilliant idea!
Do you think that now I have shown you how to make these easy fabric coasters that you will give them a go? I would love to see your makes. Comment below or do come and find me on social media and tag me in your makes.
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