Quick and Easy Coaster Tutorial - by fern's frocks
please feel free to make these to your heart's content, but please link to this page if you share the tutorial, or if you sell them...mention ferns frocks as your inspiration. That would be pretty fantastic of you! :-)
- fabric- enough for 8 squares, approximately 5 inches each. (this allows up to a half inch seam allowance depending on your sewing preference.
- absorbent fabric for inside- I use birdseye diaper cloth from fabric.com that I love. It's thin, and absorbent. Flannel would work as well! you need 4 squares, same size as your fabric squares
- thread- coordinating or contrasting! whatever you like!
- sewing machine- although one could complete this sewing by hand if you really wanted to.
- optional: serger-this honestly makes super quick work of things. But, a zig-zag stitch or stitching 1/4" in the seam allowance will also do the trick.
Let's get started.
1. I suggest using a ruler and rotary cutter to cut your squares. It's quick, easy, and accurate. I must admit, I didn't when I made my coasters...but I had in mind that my serger would cut away my imperfect cuts(and it did!).
2. Once you have your squares, take two of your main fabric and put them right sides together.
|(2) my "open end for turning right side out" edges were each serged to prevent fraying when turning. feel free to do this as well! but it's not necessary.|
|(3) please ignore my nail polish, it's been a long week...|
|(4a) pins are marking where I started my stitching|
|(4b) note the pin is only marking the side not going through the serger at the moment|
5. Next sew or serge the next 3 sides completely.
6. When you get to the 4th side (flip coaster over if serging), start the stitching 1.5 inches from the corner and sew to the corner.
|(6) all sides stitched|
8. You may clip the corners before turning if you'd like, and depending on how big your seam allowance is, I recommend it.
9. Now you're ready to turn your coaster right side out. Use a tool of some sort- back end(not sharp side!!) of a seam ripper, pencil, dowel, your finger, etc to push the corners if needed.
10. Fold the opening's seem allowance and iron entire coaster.
|(10b) showing coaster after ironing|
12. I do a bit of back stitching when I start and finish to make it secure, then I tie my ends and clip.
|(12b) again with the polish...|
Repeat the process for the remaining squares! When you're done you have a great hostess gift, instant perk up for your living or family room, or a great gift for teachers! Really, I don't know too many people who wouldn't want fantastic coasters hand made by someone who cared for them!!
|tying a ribbon around your set always adds a finished and professional look!|
Enjoy the day!