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Looking to add a handmade touch to your coffee table, desk or dining room? Your answer might be these quilted coasters that are easy to make, scrap-busting and washable! Follow along with Bonnie from Peppermint Magazine to learn how to sew your own set.
Bonnie: Quilted coasters—a tiny blanket for your cup! Sort of. These adorable little guys can spruce up your home decor by adding a touch of cosy charm to your coffee table, while also protecting it from dreaded rings and spills. Plus, they’re fully washable! Throw them in the machine and watch the coffee/your beverage of choice come right out.
These small and cute coasters also make a great introduction to quilting for those who are curious but intimidated by the size and time that diving into a traditional quilt may require.
They can also be a scrap-busting project, using up the odds of any lovely patterned prints you may have lying around. In fact, these coasters take so little fabric you could make one out of a sample swatch—or make a set of three by ordering three sample swatches and mix-matching your colours!
Using swatches or scraps, you should be able to make a small set of coasters for yourself. Go for fat quarter-sized fabric or even fabric by the yard for a larger number of coasters great for special events or large households.
Grab some paper, a pencil and a ruler. Draw a hexagon where each side is 6 cm (2.4″) long using the below steps:
a. Draw a vertical line 12 cm long making a mark at 3 cm, 6 cm and 9 cm.
b. At the 3 cm and 9 cm marks, draw two long horizontal guidelines.
c. Draw two 12 cm diagonal lines between the two horizontal guidelines, that run through the central 6 cm marking.
d. Connect these dots. There you have it, a perfect hexagon!
Now that you have your hexagon, you can split it up into pieces that we’ll quilt later anyway you like. A nice, simple block to start with is three diamonds with 6 cm (2.4″) sides. This is what we will be using as we continue this tutorial.
Take your three fabrics and cut one hexagon and three diamonds out of each fabric.
Take your batting and cut out three hexagons, using your pattern but adding an extra 1/4” (1/2 cm) seam allowance around each side.
Sew together two diamonds of different fabrics right sides together along one long edge with a 0.6 cm (1/4”) seam allowance.
Now, attach the third diamond fabric, pinning it right sides together to one of the attached diamonds and stitching from the outside of the hexagon toward the center. Stop sewing when you hit the previous stitches.
Pin the remaining open sides of the third and first diamonds together, folding the remaining diamond in half between them. Sew from centre out, starting at the centre stitch line.
Snip the seam allowances as close to the centre as possible and use an iron to push them open, pressing the full block nice and flat.
Place the diamond block on top of the plain fabric hexagon, right sides together, then place this on top of your hexagonal batting until you have a little fabric and batting sandwich. Pin together and sew along only five sides with a 0.6 cm (1/4”) seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance down close to the fabric’s raw edges and clip into the seam allowance around the corners without breaking through the seam.
Flip the coaster right sides out, turning out all corners completely and neatly. Press the almost finished coaster with your iron, and then turn in the open edges of the sixth side by 0.6 cm (1/4”) and close with a whip or slip stitch.
Now it’s time to quilt! I would recommend topstitching in the ditch along your block pieces to keep all your coaster layers neatly together, but after that the world is your oyster. There are all sorts of quilt stitch variations you could try. You could even experiment with hand-quilting or sashiko techniques.
Lastly, make yourself a celebratory drink with which to use your new coasters!
Peppermint Magazine is an Australian quarterly lifestyle magazine covering all things style, sustainability, substance and sewing! Bonnie, the publication’s content sewing manager, whipped up this easy and fun decor DIY for all your sipping needs.