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This is one of those projects that I started thinking up as I was trying to fall asleep, and then spent way too much of my precious rest time just lying there turning it over in my head. Now that it’s all done, I think there is a much better way to make the box… but it’s going to take some more mulling for me to figure it out (unless anyone wants to weigh-in with a suggestion?) The finished coasters are about 4 1/4″ square, and I think I’d make them a little smaller next time, too.

First, I cut the outside of the box from natural linen and pressed double 1/4″ seam allowances on all edges.
Next, I cut the box lining and pressed a 1/4″ seam allowance to the back side.
I fit the lining right-side out inside the outer box and sewed down the pressed edges.
Then I whip-stitched the corners.
The coasters were pieced together at 5 1/4″, for a finished size of 4 1/4″. The backing is wool felt.
I sewed the top to the backing with right sides facing, leaving a small hole for turning. Before turning, I layered a 4 1/4″ square of batting – I used the heat-proof batting that you can buy for making oven mitts – to the backing, so once turned it was easy to lay flat inside. Then I pressed and whip-stitched the opening closed.
Once sewn and pressed, I top-stitched each coaster about 1/4″ from the edge.

4 Responses to “hot off the singer: patchwork coasters (take 1)”

  1. eileen says:

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing! P.S. I LOVE your mingle fabric!

  2. Those are lovely! Simple and pretty. You did indeed pick a hard way to do them though! I love fabric containers of all kinds and have amassed some nice links to great tutorials. Here's a link to a very nice tute that shows how to machine sew those corners!
    http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/04/tutorial-fabric-scrap-basket.html

  3. monaluna says:

    Thanks, guys, and thanks for the link, Candy! Yes, that would have been a better way to do it. I had thought about doing it that way, but wasn't sure I'd get the edges to meet up right. The boxes in the link look just perfect, though.

  4. Amy says:

    My mom used to sell TONS of coasters that looked a lot like these when she did craft shows. She would sew in a layer of plastic so your drink condensation would never leak through!

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