Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Handmade Fabric Coasters

Good evening,

Tonight i've had a go at knocking myself up a few coasters in a bid to keep my white desk clean and well, white! I used this blogpost from www.prettyhandygirl.com as a pattern and got sewing. This is a really easy project for beginners like me and very inexpensive, you can generally find some leftover scraps of material to use. I used the same material we (my Mom and I) made my sewing room curtains out of. I'll include some basic instructions here but head over to Pretty Handy Girl's post for the full in-depth tutorial. First of all you will need to gather some materials together; you need enough fabric to make two 5.5" squares for each coaster you want to make, a 5" square of wadding (used for quilting - this is optional but will make a thicker, more substantial coaster. I got mine off Ebay for a couple of pounds a metre), a few pins and thread. Once you've got all your notions handy, it's time to get cutting. For each coaster you need to cut a top and a bottom square of fabric measuring 5.5" x 5.5" and a square of wadding measuring 5" x 5".



Next, you will need to sandwich your top and bottom squares with the right sides of the fabric together, and the wadding on top. This is now ready for sewing, you need to sew up 3 sides and then halfway along the 4th side, leaving a small gap. You can the trim away the excess fabric to neaten up you sides, as i've done below.

Now it's time to turn your coaster inside out, using the small gap we left earlier. This gap will now be sewn together, using your hands tuck the open fabric inside to neaten your edge and put a pin in it to keep it in place for when you come to sewing it on your sewing machine. It's now ready for you to sew all the way round the 4 sides to complete your coaster.

And there you have it, a pretty coaster, handmade with love. I don't know about you, but I really think something you put time and effort into making for yourself means so much more than anything you buy in a shop. I've certainly realised this now. As you can see I made a set of five, as that's how much leftover fabric I had to work with. I'm thinking of making a set to match my living room cushions now, as I have spare material from when I made the cushion covers. There's also the added bonus of being able to chuck them in the washing machine. I hope you enjoy making some for yourself, please tweet me pictures if you do!

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