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Tutorial Tuesday: Quilted Coasters and Giveaway Announcement!

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© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. Wednesday June 29 starts the next follower giveaway - 6 FQs and some chocolate and sweets!

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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. 🙂

So just sew your scraps together and trim them down to the size of your batting plus 1/4″ on each side for SA. (for a 4″ coaster, cut them 4.5″ square)

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:

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Pin and sew that shut while you’re edgestitching the whole thing:

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Then try out all those free motion patterns you’re too scared to ruin a whole quilt with:

© Copyright, J C Excell 2011. Some random straight line quilting.
© Copyright, J C Excell 2011, Slightly less random straight line quilting.
© Copyright, J C Excell 2011, Square spiral.
© Copyright, J C Excell 2011, Here's the back of all 3 coasters I made.

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!

© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

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11 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Quilted Coasters and Giveaway Announcement!

  1. Love the coasters, Jenna – and the little story!! Especially the bit about shoes. That sounds just like it would’ve played out in our house!!

  2. That’s pretty much how all my projects get started. Not the dig about the shoes (though it happens, trust me); the “I know I should be doing X and Y but this project will only take me ______”! LOVE the coasters, btw.

  3. Thankfully I never have been burdened with ugly coasters. Now I might make some as summer is here and the glases always wheep with ice in them.

  4. my very first mug rug turned into a coaster. I put it on the antique table that is on my hubby’s side of the bed and do you think he will use it? GRRRR is all I have to say to him. I’m glad you have your new coasters and now you can grin when your hubby asks where the coasters went.

  5. Your post made me smile as conversations like that take place in my house too. I’ve been thinking of making some coasters for a while and might give them a go now.

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