Is everybody ready for some fun? What I'm about to share with you is sure to make your creative wheels start turning!
If you've been waiting to do your first fussy cut project, I have the perfect one to start with!
To make your own coasters you will need:
a fat quarter of quilting cotton
a fat quarter of coordinating PUL
1/4 yard of insul-brite batting
*Insul-brite batting is a breathable material which reflects hot or cold temperatures back towards it's source. It's used in the center of these coasters to prevent hot drinks (like coffee or tea) from melting your PUL. Insul-brite is heat *resistant* it is NOT heat proof so use it carefully and make sure you don't place scalding hot cups on your coasters. Insul-brite can often be found in the interfacing, or in the utility fabrics section. If you can't find it ask at the cutting counter and they should be able to help!
PUL (Polyurethane Fabric) is a print fabric laminated with polyurethane water proofing on one side. One of the popular brands you may be able to find at your local fabric store is Babyville.*
You're going to start by cutting your fabrics. If you have a fun fabric that has a print that you'd like to showcase this may be a great project for it! You will need to cut 4.5" x 4.5" squares for your front piece.
I decided to fussy cut some Villains fabric!
Cut 4.5" x 4.5" squares of all 3 materials. For each coaster you will need one layer of cotton woven (front), one layer of insul-brite batting (middle) and one layer of PUL (backing).
Once you have cut your fabrics you're going to make some coaster sandwiches!
Your layers will be as follows:
Front fabric *right side up*
PUL *right side down*
Clip, or pin, all 4 sides of your coaster, repeat the layering and clipping on all of your coasters.
Now we're going to stitch these cuties together! Stitch down one side of your coaster using a 1/4" seam allowance.
*Tip: when using PUL it tends to shift. Use a ballpoint needle and teflon foot on your machine to help. Stitch down one side of your coaster, take it off the machine and flatten out the layers and clip down the two perpendicular sides from the seam you just made. This will keep your PUL from shifting. Now you will stitch down the parallel side (here's a picture to help explain!)
Stitch down one of your clipped sides using a 1/4" seam allowance, then on the opposite side you will stitch down the side leaving a 1.5" opening in the middle of the seam, to turn your coaster.
Clip your corners and turn your coaster right side out.
Make sure to use a turning tool or a chop stick to poke out your corners.
Fold your raw edges towards the inside and clip your turning hole closed.
Stitch around the outside of your coaster using a 1/8" seam allowance, making sure to catch your turned edges in your top stitch.
Clip your threads and there you have it! Your finished coaster!
Repeat all the steps with the remaining coasters and you'll have a whole set!
I think it's time for a tea party!