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Easy DIY Coasters

 
Coasters are easy to make and a great way to use scrap fabric, or a lovely fabric you just need to have somewhere in your house. These coasters are machine washable, heat resistant and durable. They’re great gifts or a treat to yourself and only take about 10-15 minutes each to complete. For this project we used the 'Lucky Charms' fabric by Figo Fabrics. 
 
 
 
Tools & Materials
Small 100% Cotton Fabric 
Solari (Dry Cleanable Thermal Interlining)
Chalk pencil or disappearing fabric pen
Paper or Cardstock
Matching Thread and Contrasting Thread
Scissors 
Regular Pen or Pencil
Handsewing Needle
Iron
Ruler
 
Instructions for Coasters
Step 1: First let’s make a pattern. You can use a pre-existing coaster as a pattern, or use an object such as a bowl for a shape, free hand the shape or use a ruler to create the perfect look.
Using a pencil, your template, and paper (or cardstock) trace your pattern and cut it out.
 
I create a double peaked pattern for a fun and different coaster shape.
 
 
Step 2: Trace your pattern onto your fabric and your Solari with a chalk pencil or disappearing fabric pen. Cut out two pieces of fabric and one piece of Solari. Trim your Solari slightly smaller than your fabric. This ensures your seam allowances aren’t too bulky. 
 
 
 
Step 3: Place your two pieces of fabric right-sides together. Using a ¼  inch seam allowance sew your two pieces of fabric , leaving a small opening (approx. 1½-2”). Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your work. 
 
At the inner corner points, make a small ¼” snip towards yours stitching. At the outer corner points trim off your corner “tips”. This will help to make your project turn more easily.
 
Step 4: Turn the fabric right-sides out using the 1½ -2” opening you created. You can use a point turner, unsharpened pencil, or chopstick to help push the corners out to create a cleaner finish.
Insert your Solari piece through the opening you just used to turn your project. It should fit comfortably inside the pocket. Make sure the Solari is sitting flat inside your fabric layers. It might take a bit of maneuvering if you are using an odd shape. 
 
Step 5: Handstitch the opening closed by hand. Push your threaded needle from the inside of your project to the outside. The knotted end of your thread should now be concealed within the seam on the inside of the project. Now, directly across from the point at which your thread and needle just came out of your project, push the needle down and then back up through the opposite side. When you pull the thread through, the stitch you just made should be  hidden within the seam  and there will be a horizontal stitch connecting the left and right sides of your opening. Continue this process until your opening is completely closed. Tie the thread off and trim the excess thread. The seam shouldn’t even look like it’s there! 
 
  
 
Step 6: Iron your coaster flat to be sure everything is nice and smooth for the next step.
  
 
Step 7: Using a contrasting colour thread topstitch ¼ - ½ inch away from the outside corners. Have fun with this! You can create a freehand pattern or just sew straight lines. If you are nervous about the lines being straight you can mark your sewing lines with a ruler and a washable chalk pencil  before sewing.
We recommend testing out your stitch on a scrap piece of fabric to be sure the stitch is the size and look you would like before stitching on your coaster piece. 
 
And that’s it! Enjoy! If you complete your own coasters don’t forget to Tweet or tag us on Instagram or Facebook with the coasters you create! We love to see your creations!
 

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