Easy to make coasters

Posted by Ruth on 16 December 2013 | 3 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago, I purchased some cookie cutters because I had a project in mind that I wanted to use them for, instead I borrowed them to use as inspiration for quilting designs. The reason I purchased them was to make scented decorations so my house would smell of Christmas.

Once again I got a little side tracked. I ended up making coasters instead.

Before I even started, I thought I would use up some of my Christmas scraps - the leftover triangles cut from half square triangles. I had all these pretty red and white ones that I just could not bare to throw away. So I sprinkled them on a background fabric with batting and backing underneath. 

But it needs a little green I think, to really make it like Christmas so I cut some green slithers of fabric and lay them on top of the triangles.

Next I covered the entire section with a sheer fabric. I used a sheer so you could still see the red, green and white fabric under it. It also makes it shimmery.

Now a few safety pins to hold the layers together so I can quilt it. I stipple quilted it using a metallic thread - this is a good way to practice some different quilting techniques or threads. To read more about using difficult threads, see this article by Linda Schmidt.

I used the star cutter to trace and cut out two shapes after the fabric was quilted, then I edge it with red braid. I used a narrow zigzag to couch over this right around the edge. You can see from the close up how I did this and you also have a better view of the stipple quilting with metallic thread.

Here are my two star coasters.

These were fun and quick so I decided to use the bell shape to make two more coasters. This time I left ends on the braid so I could tie a bow at the top.

I could actually use these for the scented tree decorations that I set out to make in the first place. All I need to do now is add a few drops of Christmas scented oil in them.... but I have another idea. I'd better get back to the sewing machine.


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  • I love the idea. I think that the idea could be extended and do the 12 Days of Christmas. Perhaps changing the fabric to coordinate with each day's theme would be just one thought. Your idea of using the cookie cutters is fabulous. It opens the door to all kinds of possibilities. I sit in awe of creative people and their ideas. Keep dreaming up ideas and thank you for sharing them.

    Posted by Jeri England, 01/03/2017 8:35am (6 years ago)

  • love this wow love talented people awesome for gifts or church bazaars thsnkd for sharing maybe now that i am.retired but all ibever did was nurding as rn for 40 yrs but i am very inspired by this and my baby sidter lives with me so shr can help i see her getting grey alresdylol

    Posted by patricia kelly, 22/12/2013 1:25pm (9 years ago)

  • These are great to use leftover fabric and to try something new apart from quilts. Thank u and I will follow u for anything new. Bye bye. Liz . .mchenry'

    Posted by elizabeth mchenry, 20/12/2013 12:16pm (9 years ago)

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