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We have this really ugly set of coasters in the living room that I want to throw away. I must have thought they were attractive when I bought them many years ago, but now I just think they’re ugly. And Buzz ALWAYS puts his drink on a coaster, even though none of the tables are that nice. And his bedside table is actually a metal filing cabinet, which I’m pretty sure wouldn’t suffer at all if he put drinks straight onto it.
So here was the conversation (a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away):
Me: You know those coasters in the living room? The ugly ones? Can I just throw them out or give them to a charity shop because they’re embarrassing me.
B: More embarrassing than all the other shit piled up everywhere? Like your 80 pairs of shoes?
Me: Shut up. You know what I mean.
B: What will we replace them with?
Me: Um. Nothing? None of our surfaces are nice enough to need protecting?
B: (smiling like he’s got something I will want) Ok, you can throw them away AFTER you make some new ones. You can’t buy new ones.
Me: Hmmmmm. I’ll have to think about that.
Because, my good friends, I DO have lots of other sewing that needs done more than coasters. Like, I need to start cutting and sewing my 3rd pattern quilt, and write the tutorial for #2. Plus Stashtacular tutorials, and I just took on the webpage of Romsey Quilters too. So I’m busy.
But once I forced myself to make one, I realised how instant the gratification is on these little babies, and I wanted to share the endorphins with you!
What you’ll need:
- scraps of fabric and some squares of batting or flannelette.
- basic sewing stuff
Decide how big you want your finished coasters to be and cut a piece of batting or even flannelette that size. Flannelette works well because it’s not as thick as batting and is cheaper. It actually does a pretty good job in coasters.
I made mine 4″, 4.5″ and even 5″ to experiment with finding what I liked. I think I like the bigger ones better as they show more of your hard work off to the world. 🙂
Stack the front and back together with right sides facing each other, then put your batting on top. Sew around the batting, leaving an opening of a couple of inches:
Pin and sew that shut while you’re edgestitching the whole thing:
Then try out all those free motion patterns you’re too scared to ruin a whole quilt with:
Isn’t that easy? And now I can throw those coasters out by giving them to a charity shop. Everyone wins! If you make some, add them to the SewHappyGeek Flickr group!
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