The winner of last months #scraptasticchallenge was the very lovely Sonia who blogs over at www.fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.com
Sonia has done a great tutorial for these totally gorgeous coasters and tray, read on to find out how to make some for yourself!
Wave Coasters and Tray: A tutorial
Inspired by the bright colours I made stripey wave coasters along with a little tray to keep them all together when they’re not in use ‘cos I’m all about the trying to be neat and tidy at the moment (I’m blaming it on being Spring, it’s sure not to last long!). Would you like to see how I made them?!
You will need;
4 x 5.5″ squares (front of coasters)
4 x 4.5″ squares (back of coasters)
scraps for the wave (1-2″ wide by 2.5″ tall)
4 x 4.5″ squares of wadding
2 x 6.25″ squares (for the coaster holder)
2 x 6.25″ squares of interfacing
For the coasters
Sew scraps together into 5.5″ widths to make four waves. Press your seams (I pressed them open)
Lay the strip on top of the coaster front. Use a rotary cutter to make a wavy curve across the width of the coaster. I free hand this so please do mind your fingers!!!!! (I first came across how to sew curves at Lynne’s blog, which might help you out a bit more)
Now to sew the curve together! It’s really not as scary as it looks – promise! Place the fabrics ‘right’ side together, matching the top seam. I find it easier to sew slowly and ease the top fabric into position – moving it backwards as the curve bends away from you and easing it forwards as the curve comes back. It will look all bunched up, but don’t worry. A good press will flatten it all out!
Now to cut your second curve: I did this in two stages firstly cutting a curve on the wave, laying it over the bottom section of the coaster fabric and cutting again along the same wavy line (if you want to cut both curves at the same time I would recommend cutting the front pieces bigger to allow for losing fabric to the seam allowance of the curve). Give it another good press.
Trim each of the coaster fronts to 4.5″ square and back with wadding
Quilt the front of your coaster – I went for a very simple outline of the wave
Place the coaster back on top of the right side of the front and pin in position. Sew around using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a hole for turning. Trim excess fabric from the corners before turning out, using a chopstick to push the corners out if needed.
Top stitch around the top of the coaster and Voila!
For the coaster tray;
Iron the interfacing on to your fabric (I used a soft interfacing to reinforce both bits of fabric, so you could maybe only use one piece of firmer interfacing)
Draw 1″ squares onto the wrongside of the fabric in each of the corners on both pieces of fabric.
Fold the fabric diagonally and sew down the line. Repeat for the other three corners and trim the excess fabric. Repeat for the other piece of fabric.
Place the fabrics right sides together and pin the corners into position. Sew around the top using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a hole for turning.
Turn the coaster tray right side out, and give it a good press around the top seams. I also folded over each of the sides and gave it a good press to create the base. Top stitch around the top of the tray and give it another good press.
Place your coasters into the tray and congratulate yourself!!!!
I’m so happy with these! And because I had so much fun making them I made two sets……so, it’s Giveaway Time (two giveaways in two days – I really haven’t planned my blog posts very well this week!)!!!!!
If you pop on over to Sonia’s blog you can enter a draw to win a set of these awesome coasters – go on, off you go!
So now we need to choose the next person to receive a scrap pack and get a guest tutorial spot here on the blog!
The winner is:
What a cheery mat – it is so colourful. I think a scrap bag would be great for some egg cosies that would be simple enough for kids to make (with assistance) during the Easter holidays.
Please get in touch Sara asap and we’ll get your scrap pack out to you!