On Monday, I did a blog swap with Amber of Quilted Euphoria. I had a lot of fun coming up with this quick little quilting project for her readers for Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to share the tutorial here in case you missed it! You can either raid your reserves to come up with some various 6 inch squares, or pick up a pair of irresistible fat quarters for this little project, because it doesn’t take much!
- Basic sewing supplies
- 6″ squares of main fabric and backing fabric for each coaster (I made 4 in different patterns)
- Batting – I used a piece about 6″x26″ for 4 coasters – but any scraps that will accommodate your 6″ squares will work
- Freezer Paper (optional)
- Disappearing Marker (optional)
- Paper or Cardboard for your heart template
We will be stitching around the outside, and leaving a hole for turning. If you haven’t done this before, I recommend you pin all the way around, except where you leave your hole.
I say this because it’s really easy to forget that you had planned to leave a hole, and before you know it, you’ve stitched it shut and have to go back. :) The pins help you to remember!
Begin at whichever side of the pins feels most comfortable to you, and backstitch a few stitches. (If you’re a new sewist, all you have to do is find the setting that runs your machine in reverse, and set a few stitches.) This locks your seam down and keeps it from unraveling when it’s time to turn.
Stitch until you get to the end of your pins, and backstitch a few stiches again. I’ll show you with pins and without – take note of the hole at the right side:
Now, because we’ll be turning and stitching it again, and we want our seams as smooth as possible, we’re going to trim away as much excess as possible. When you get to the area with the hole, do try to leave a little bit more than the other areas. But particularly on the curves, we want to cut away as much as we can taking care NOT to cut the stitching.
Now, turn it right-side out. Through your hole, reach in between your main fabric and backing fabric.
Push the insides out through the hole. You can use something blunt to help you out – some people use chopsticks, I tend to use a butterknife. Don’t use your scissors, even if they are sitting right there. We’re halfway done, there’s no sense poking a hole it it now. :)
Make sure you get the edges as smoothly rounded as you can. I ran my knife all along the inside edge to accomplish this.
Now, tuck the edges of your hole inside, and pin them.
Then iron it flat. This will help it keep from puckering when we topstitch it next.
Once it’s been flattened, run a line of stitching as close to the outside edge as you can without going off. This will also stitch your hole shut.
Now, you have a coaster! But, because I was a guest at Quilted Euphoria for this tutorial, I had to pretty it up just a little bit more by adding a quilted design!
This is where I really enjoy freezer paper. There’s a waxy side and a paper side. Trace out as many small hearts as you have coasters onto the paper side of your freezer paper and cut them out. Place the waxy side toward your fabric, and iron it on. It will stick. Not really strongly – just enough so that we can use it as our quilting guide-line in the next step.
Now, stitch around the inner heart to quilt it:
And when you’re done, the paper will peel right off. :) This is a great way to quilt specific designs, or even straight lines if you can’t use the pattern on your piece as a guide.
OK – that’s it! Here’s how my set turned out:
And I would love to see pictures of yours, if you make some!