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Quilted Coasters Tutorial
I love easy sewing projects and these quilted coasters are definitely easy. They are quick too. These four coasters only took me one and a half hours to make, and that included taking the photos for this tutorial.
The best thing about this project is that you don't need many supplies, and what you do need, you probably have on hand.
Coasters make great gifts that can be customized to any décor or season. Buy holiday fabrics on sale and make a set for the following year, or celebrate a friend's new house by giving them a set in their favorite colors.
Just follow the simple steps provided and you will have a set of custom made coasters in no time.
Quilted coaster tutorial
The following directions make four quilted coasters that are approximately 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" square.
- Fabric - 100% cotton, pre-washed and pressed
- Low loft batting
- Sewing machine
- Cutting board
- Rotary cutter
- Quilter's ruler
Cut the fabric
- Decide on the fabric you will be using and cut four strips 5" wide by 9" long.
- Cut four squares of batting 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" square.
Fold the fabric
Fold the fabric, right sides together and press. It should measure 4 1/2" by 5".
Stitch the side seams
Starting at the folded end, sew down the two sides, backstitching at the beginning and the end. Use a scant 1/4" seam.
Don't sew the end that is opposite to the folded end closed. You'll need that to be open to flip inside out and put the batting in.
Snip the corners
To ensure sharp corners, snip off the corners as pictured. Clip off any threads as well.
Flip the fabric inside out
Flip the fabric inside out with the batting inside. There are two different ways you can do this:
- Method 1 - Flip the fabric inside out and then put the batting inside. Use a dull point to push out all of the corners. It will take some maneuvering to get the batting in all the way. The fabric should extend about a fourth of an inch past the batting on the open end.
- Method 2 - Lay the batting on the fabric, centered between the side seams and as close to the fold as possible. Flip inside out while holding on to the batting. Smooth out and make sure batting is positioned correctly.
Pin the edges
Fold the open seam over to the inside and pin all around the opening. Make sure to cover the batting on one side. Then pin together opening and prepare to sew.
Sew around the edges
Using a very scant fourth of an inch, sew around the entire edge of the coaster, beginning and ending with a few back stitches. Remove the pins.
Quilt the coaster
Using a pattern of your choice, sew the centers of the coasters. For this set I chose four different patterns to add some whimsy and interest.
Quilted coasters make great gifts
From beginners, to people with years of sewing experience, these quilted coasters are a quick and easy project.
Next time you are invited to a party, bring a set of these great coasters as a hostess gift. Your friends will be delighted.
© 2013 Claudia Mitchell