Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wonky Scrappy Coaster Tutorial and Giveaway!

So the promised coaster tutorial is ready for your creating!

**this means something got finished and I am a very happy me**

These make awesome gifts and let you use up all the delicious bits of your favorite fabrics.

These instructions are for 1 coaster (gotta simply for me, and you can multiply right?). So for each coaster you will need...

2 (5" x 5") squares of fabric for back and front (not the patches)

2 (4.5" x 4.5") squares of cotton batting

5 (1.5" x 1.5") square fabric scrap **mine are from Moda's Objects of Desire**

And the usual: scissors, sewing machine, coordinating thread, ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter, and something to poke out corners.

Sew 5 (1.5" x 1.5") into a strip and press seams open.
Lay strip over one (5" x 5") block such that it overhangs both sides but is not horizontal - we're going for wonky here people. Line up your ruler so that the edge is in the middle of the block strip. Then, without moving the cream fabric, pull the block strip out and cut the (5" x 5") block on the diagonal.

Align the strip block (right sides together) with the edge that was just cut (making sure that when you open it you will be able to square the sides) and sew together. Open and press.

Trim off the excess from both sides of the strip block.

Align the other cream top piece with the strip block (notice the overlaps on each end match so when it is sewn and opened it will be square) and sew together. Open and press.

Trim to (5" x 5") square.

Place 2 (4.5" x 4.5") squares of cotton batting on the back of your coaster top.

Quilt as desired to hold the batting in place for turning.

Line up the (5"x 5") backing square with the quilted coaster top. Sew around leaving a 2.5-3" gap on one side for turning.

Clip corners. I do a 45 and two 30 degree clips on each one so that the corners are a little pointier. Of course, it's up to you.

Turn coasters right side out, tuck the opening in and top stitch around the edge, very closely! Sometimes I like to do this twice for decorative effect.

Admire the coasters you have made!! Please post links to pictures of your projects in the comments!

And... my blog's first giveaway.
This set of coasters can be yours if you just follow my blog and leave a comment telling me.
Drawing will be held Feb. 14th so you might just earn yourself a little Valentine's present! Thanks and good luck!


  1. I have made round ones before, and have been needing to make some new square ones. I love this tutorial. Thanks. Oh, and nice straight stitching. I love them.

  2. My sewing hasn't been very successful in the past, but when I ever get time I'll try these. They look doable.

  3. Okay, I'm going to try them. I have some leftover cotton blossoms squares...thanks for the tutorial! Meagan

  4. I follow your blog--but as you know I don't sew due to me starting and NEVER finishing projects.

  5. Darling!! I'd love to be in the drawing:) Thanks!

  6. These are precious! Just found your blog through Make it and Love it. I love your blog and ideas...

  7. I found you through Tea Rose Home and I am now a follower. :) I'd love to win those coasters... :)

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial, I just found your blog and added it to my Reader. I'd love to win the coasters!!!

  10. Nice coasters and clear instructions. Thank you.

  11. They are so cute! Great tutorial. I've added you to my blog reader, love your site :)

  12. Hello. So cute. I'd like to win those. I like the colours of your things, and I will come back tomorrow to see what those strange things from todays post will be. Greetings from Norway.

  13. Very nice! I just made some in springtime-colors - these are necessary because here in Germany there is nothing but snow, snow, snow - since december!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial! I am into anything scrappy and these will help with those last little pieces that I just don't want to get rid of! And if I win, I would be thrilled!!

  15. So cute! I'm definitely going to have to make a set of these!

    Following your blog now. You've got some very pretty quilts on your blog!

  16. I love your work! Accurate and crisp looking end results! Thanks for sharing how to make your coasters.

  17. They are very nice :) Thanks for the tutorial!!

  18. Nice Tutorial. Great topstitching. I would like to win these and then make some more. Thanks.

  19. Just found these .. . what a great way to use up the scraps in my drawer. I was wondering if I should add some type of filler to help protect the table top? Maybe add a scented something between the layers to fill the room with a soft scent? Either way, I am trying them and soon!

    thanks for the tutorial.

  20. I think these are gorgeous. I would use heat resistant wadding to protect table fron hot mugs!

  21. Love these...Great design and turorial! thanks for sharing:)

  22. I'm following your blog. These are beautiful. I always keep my scraps of fabric because I figure that a use for them will come along sometime. Thank you!