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21 February 2017

Scrap-Busting Coasters

Got scraps from a “just finished” project? How about small pieces of batting that you trim for the edge of a quilt? Use them to create some scrappy coasters.




Honestly, these are the easiest little projects to make. I probably make these every few weeks and either use them at home, gift them in scrappy sets of 6 or just store them in lovely piles in my sewing room (for future re-gifting).





I start by getting my pieces of batting ready. I trim to have perfect straight edges and then take them over to the sewing machine - butt the edges and change my machine to a zig-zag stitch. I like fairly long, but not overly spaced out zig-zags. Once I’ve put a few of these together I can start my scrappy coasters.



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I back the piece of batting with fabric (it’s perfect way to use up those “what was I thinking when I bought these” fat quarters). Sometimes I cut down the pieces into squares and sometimes I make a long QAYG piece and then cut down to 6” squares (or really whatever size works for the top). It’s all dependant on the scraps I have available right at that precise moment.





Some are just strips of fabric; sewn and flipped and quilted and then the next piece is sewn, flipped, quilted etc… Sometimes I try a mini Log-Cabin design. 


Sometimes I embellish or add appliqué or some hand quilting. It all depends on the mood and what pieces I have readily available right then and there.





Have you tried making scrappy coasters? 

What’s your favourite method?


7 comments:

  1. Hi Anorina,they look fantastic,well done,i havent ever made any,maybe time i did,lol xx

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    1. Hi Shez,

      Ooooh yes I hope you do. They’re a fun way to use up immediate scraps (rather than just putting them in the scrap tub).

      Personally, I use these all the time. I have coasters like this on the coffee table, a small stack on the dining table and a couple in my sewing room.

      I’m what you could call a scrappy coaster addict ;-)

      Have a wonderful afternoon,
      Anorina

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  2. These are a great idea. I usually use scraps to make hot pads for my family. This is another way to gift items. Thank you for the post.

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  3. I want to say "great job, again" Anorina. Another gift to add to my list of Bunko gifts. These will come in perfectly welcomed by friends I like to make a happy for. These are quite lovely and can be made for any of the four seasons not to mention an old Family Christmas Gift! Thanks again

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  4. I love your coasters! I'm inspired now to make some! They would be perfect to make for my roommates in an upcoming embroidery retreat! Your coasters are beautiful!

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  5. Great idea. Must do some. Thanks.

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  6. I make a gazillion hot pads. It's funny that even people who don't cook want them!

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