I really love how the bookmarks came out that I made just a couple days ago, and it occurred to me that I could use the same technique to make coasters. So, here it is (the pattern makes up six at a time):
- 16 different fabrics: 3" by 4 1/2"
- Backing fabric: 8 1/2" by 12 1/4"
- Light weight fabric cut 8 1/2" by 12 1/4" (I used batiste, but a lightweight muslin would also work)
- Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite: 16 pieces cut 3" by 4 1/2"
- Fast2Fuse (a stiff double-sided fusible interfacing: 8 1/4" by 12"
- Decorative thread
- Fuse the Steam-a-Seam onto the backs of the sixteen fabric rectangles.
- Peel off the paper and slice the rectangle into little pieces. (Tip: I used my rotary cutter and did them one by one with the fusible side up).
- When you have a pile of little pieces, begin to randomly position them, fusible side facing down, on the lightweight 8 1/2" by 12 1/4" fabric.
- Keep going until the entire underlying fabric is covered. Tip: Hold it up in front of a light source to find "holes" you may have missed.
- Using a decorative thread, stitch the fused pieces down using random swirling stitch lines.
- Iron both the fused section and the backing fabric onto the Fast2Fuse. (It's okay if the front and back fabrics slightly overlap the interfacing).
- Trim to 7 1/2" by 11 1/4".
- Slice in half to create two 3 3/4” by 11 1/4” rectangles.
- Cut three 3 3/4” squares from each of the rectangles.
- I use a quarter to slightly round off the corners.
- Satin stitch the edges. (Tip: Using an overlock foot – a #2 for my Bernina 1530 – creates a nice, clean edge).
And that’s it! All done! I’m afraid I had a terrible time with color in these photos (the actual colors are yellow, orange, and a deep pink/fuchsia – no purple), and I have to say, they look much cooler in person.
Meanwhile, I’m loving the effect I’m getting with this technique – and Christmas is coming up. I think my next take using this technique will be to make a trivet.