Another quick project that involves scraps is the best for the holidays. You don’t have to buy anything extra, and you can use up those scraps you don’t know what to do with. There are going to be 3 variations to the tutorial today. But I will be showing you the handstamped geometric coaster.
You will need a solid fabric for the hand stamping. For mine I used muslin. If you want to make a set of 4 coasters, you only need 2 squares of the muslin to stamp, with 2 squares of another coordinating fabric. You will also need 4 squares for the bottom of something more sturdy like canvas, duck cloth, corduroy, denim. Last thing is some batting only about 5 X 20 inches necessary.
1. Cut the bottom squares out 5 x 5 inches. Cut the fabrics for the top at 5.25 x 5.25 inches for the geometric look. If making stamped squares, cut them the same as the bottom. Cut your batting 5×5.
2. You can stamp with anything you have on hand, or create your own using things around your house. Pencil erasers make good polka dots. Foam stickers layered onto a medicine cap, or my favorite choice: vegetables. I made soup so I used the bottom of my celery to get this rose like stamp.
I used teal and black to create a two-tones ombre look. Once you have your stamp, dip the stamp in the paint to be well covered, but not too thick and stamp as you like.
3. Let the paint dry, which takes me about 30 minutes in the thickness I apply.
4. Once the paint is dry, set in place by ironing over it at a medium heat.
5. Cut your 2 fabrics in half diagonally to create the triangles.
6. Place one of your stamped pieces and your other fabric right sides together along the long edge of the triangle. Sew using a 1/4 seam allowance. Repeat to all 4 pieces.
7. Press the seam allowance to one of the sides or push the seam allowances down towards each piece.
8. Place your top piece and your bottom piece right sides together. Then place your batting on the wrong side of your top piece.
9. Sew all around the coaster using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, but leave a 2 inch gap to flip out.
10. Clip all your corners and trim your seam allowance.
11. Flip your coaster right side out through the opening. Push your corners out.
12. Press the coaster making sure the gap’s seam allowance is inside the coaster.
13. Sew all around the coaster as close to the edge as you can (approx 1/8 seam allowance.)
And now you are done! You have a unique set of coaster that goes together fast!
Make some for yourself, or give them to someone else.
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