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« on: May 27, 2018 06:59:16 PM »



I tend to keep a water glass in the bathroom, and the place where I usually keep it is on the top of a painted-wood cabinet. I have been using a paper towel as a coaster, so I decided it was time for an upgrade. I also wanted to practice the technique for string quilts, so I thought a coaster would be a nice small project to try it out on.

First, I went through a bag of fabric scraps that a friend had recently given me. I created 2 color schemes (one with blues and yellows, and the other with aquas and yellows), and decided to use them both, but on opposite sides of the coaster. I considered quilting the coaster, but then I decided that 4 layers of fabric was enough, and that ric-rac would look really cute around the edge.



I traced a coaster-sized circle on the muslin that I'd be using as a base. It helped me to make sure that my fabric pieces were long enough.



I stitched each piece down, trimming them to various widths as I went. I only had to redo three of them (one was face down instead of right side up, and the other two needed to be adjusted to make sure I had enough of a seam allowance around the edges.



Then, I trimmed them into the circle shape, giving myself about 1/4" of seam allowance.



I basted on the ric-rac (I used yellow thread, just in case my stitching showed later on). I didn't know how to start and end it, so I fudged it, which resulted in one ric-rac "bump" being much smaller than the rest...but it's a coaster for the bathroom, so it's good enough Smiley



Then, I sewed the 2 sides together, leaving an opening for turning. Then, I topstitched to close the opening, and it was finished! This shows the two sides:



I love how the ric-rac looks, and once I find out how to start and end it neatly, I'll be using it in more projects in the future!



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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2018 08:46:39 AM »

Those coasters are so bright and sunny!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2018 09:07:28 AM »

Cute!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2018 10:09:48 AM »

So nicely done, scrappy bright and beautiful!

My only suggestion about the rickrack is to melt the ends a wee bit with a lighter if they are synthetic, you can get the cut part to be perfectly straight that way. If they are cotton you can carefully cut then add a line of fray stop. That way you can line the bumps up perfectly so you can barely tell where one ends and the other begins.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2018 12:19:08 PM »

What a cute li'l coaster! Great use of scrap and ric rac!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2018 04:42:27 PM »

Thanks, everyone! And, craftylittlemonkey, thanks for the tip on the ric-rac! I've got a full bag of scraps to play with, so if I decide to take a page from the MistressT handbook and use them up to make more than one, my ric-rac will be perfect!
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2018 06:48:09 AM »

I love projects using scraps!  Nice that it is reversible as well...
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2018 05:51:07 PM »

Thanks, AIMR! Since I started making hexies, Ive started to accumulate a bunch of scraps, so I think Ill be doing more scrap projects in the future!
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2018 01:31:30 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018 11:32:09 AM »

Oh, thank you!
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