This week the lovely Jen of Cake Card Cloth shows us how to make these beautiful coasters to brighten up your festive coffee table. Jen used Merry Little Christmas - the fab debut collection from Jane Farnham for Dashwood Studio - which is perfect for fussy cutting all those lovely little motifs to feature on each coaster. There are loads other Christmas fabrics that would work just as well, so have a look at them all here before you decide. Over to Jen.....
This set of four coasters is so easy to sew and they make great last minute gifts for teachers and friends. They are a great way to showcase a favourite fabric and I love how these ones resemble instagram images.
For your festive coasters, you will need:
1 x FQ fabric with large images suitable for fussy cutting (I used Merry Little Christmas from Dashwood)
1 x FQ co-ordinating fabric for the back (I used Christmas Scandi 4 Snowflakes)
1 x FQ plain white (Bella Solid in white) for the surround
Small amount of wadding, or fusible fleece
Making your coasters:
For each coaster, you will need to cut the following:
1 x 3 ½ inch fussy cut square from your main fabric.
1 x 4 ½ inch square from your backing fabric
1 x 4 inch square of wadding (or fusible fleece)
2 x strips in white – 1 inch wide by 3 ½ inch long
2 x strips in white – 1 inch wide by 4 ½ inch long
When selecting images, I found it useful to first cut a 3 ½ inch square template from heavy paper and cut out the centre to leave a ¼ inch border. Use the template to draw the outer edges of your square on your fabric and then cut out the image square with scissors or a rotary cutter.
Using a ¼ inch seam, sew one short strip to each side of your image square and press the seams open.
Now, using a ¼ inch seam, sew the long strips to the top and bottom of your image square. Press the seams open. Your finished coaster top should look like this.
Lightly spray fabric adhesive on one side of your wadding square and then place it (adhesive side down) on the centre of the wrong side of your backing square. Take care to protect your table top when using the adhesive. That stuff gets everywhere.
Pin the coaster top and backing/wadding square, right sides together. Using a ¼ inch seam, sew around the outer edge leaving a 2 inch opening at the bottom. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches.
Clip the corners and then turn your coaster right side out through the opening. Gently use a point turner to push out the corners. Fold the seam allowance on the opening to the inside and pin the opening closed.
Sew around your coaster, close to the edge, to secure the opening. You can then quilt the centre of your coaster. I chose to sew just inside the white border however you can do any quilting pattern you like. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches.
Make the other 3 coasters in the same way.
Stand back and admire your lovely set of fab coasters.