Quilted Heart-Shaped Coasters

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!

 Quilted Coasters


Time: 1 hour
Supplies:
  • 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
  • Iron
  • Freezer Paper (optional)
  • Disappearing Marker (optional)
  • Paper or Cardboard for your heart template
I know this is low-tech, but I scanned my pattern on my scanner that I am happy to share with you (you should be able to right-click on the image to save/print it for yourself).  I made it about 6″ wide at the widest part of the heart.
You’ll notice it’s more rounded than pointy.  I did it that way because rounded corners lie flatter than points (believe me, I tried it the other way first, LOL!)  
When I’m cutting shapes, I prefer to use a sturdy cardboard or plastic as my template, trace mine out on my fabric with disappearing marker, and then cut.  
But you might like to print on a thinner paper and pin it.  It’s up to you – use whatever method gets you four hearts in your backing fabric, and four in your main fabric.  
As you can see below, I didn’t bother to trim down my batting until I stitched.  You’ll be trimming it down later, so you don’t need to be especially careful just yet.  You may notice the smaller heart and the freezer paper I have laid out (the center heart in the pattern above), and I’ll address that part when we get to quilting.  Just know that it’s not essential to finishing the project, it’s just a tip that I find to be most efficient when I am quilting a shape or area that doesn’t have a natural line for me to follow.
Once all your pieces are cut and ready, stack them up for stitching.  Lay out your batting, and then your backing.  If your backing has a right side, make sure it faces up.  Mine is white, so it doesn’t matter.  Layer your top piece face down on top.

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!

~ Adrianne

P.S. – I have a quick note to add this morning: My friend Jennifer over at Finding My Way In Texas is getting married today!  We did some last-minute collaboration, and I am guest-posting a tutorial for glass tile magnets for her today.  
Even if you are getting a little tired of all the glass-tile crafting I have done lately (hey, I warned you – it’s so addictive!) I would love it if you swing by and wish Jennifer well today!! :D

Comments

  1. Coupon Queen says

    These are adorable! I am stopping over and following from the Take It From Me hop and wanted to say congrats on being the spotlight blog this week! :) Hope you are having a great week.

  2. MrsFoxsSweets says

    These are adorable! I could see a cupcake sitting on top of each of them…lol :)

  3. Ladybird Ln says

    How cute are these… I agree with the above commenter, they would be darling with a cupcake on top!

    Carlee

  4. Rina says

    Thanks for step by step tutorial. I am not crafty at all but trying to learn and your blog is amazing. I am your new follower.

  5. Linda says

    These are so darling. I'm going to make some for my daughters at Valentine's Day. thanks for the tute also. Best wishes. Linda

  6. Kelsey says

    Funny you made these magnets… you'll see why when I post about my valentines gift exchange ;) I'm sending mine tomorrow so as soon as she receives my package I'm going to post a tutorial and post about the whole exchange.

    Thanks again for hosting it, it's been incredibly fun! :)

    Kelsey
    embracingmessy.blogspot.com

  7. Deana says

    Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party!
    Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:)

  8. Kadie says

    These are so cute!! I might even be able to get my kiddos to use them! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week!

  9. Shanni C says

    Hi! I really like these coasters ~ what a cute idea!

    I have searched through about 6 pages of your blog looking for your post about Linky Tools & I can't find it. I just wanted to let you know that I'm a new Linky Follower too! Not sure if it shows up as Shanni C or Booty Buns Cloth Diapers; but our link can be found at
    http://www.bootybunsclothdiapers.blogspot.com

  10. Kay Hyde says

    Those are lovely!!! :) I super like it. I try to make like these hearts. I wonder if its okay if i will not use sewing machine because i don’t have one. :)

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