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    Super Member janRN's Avatar
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    I've made a lot of table runners and table toppers recently as gifts and always have small pieces of fabric left. I thought it would be neat to make matching coasters. What do I use as the middle? Do I use regular batting or something more absorbent ( a towel cut up)? I have found that people like the pieces Scotchgarded. I know the fabric is colorfast but does Scotchgard do anything weird to the batting? Thanks for your help!!

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    The 'criss-cross' coasters that I've made don't have anything in the middle! But there are a few layers of fabric & they seem to take care of any condensation 'drippage'.
    Here's a link to directions for them: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts...ross_coas.html
    She does use a fusible inside, but I don't find it necessary.

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    I made several sets of the Criss Cross
    coasters last year for Christmas, too!! :D
    I put one layer of left over, warm & natural
    in mine. They seemed to work out nice. I
    know for a fact they have been used alot &
    still look great!!
    :D :D :D

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    With the placemats I made recently I had the top, then one layer of batting, then one layer of pelment weight vylene, and finally the backing. The vylene is similar to the Timtex you use in fabric bowls/boxes, but it has no adhesive. I used the batting so that the quilting would show, and the vylene was to stiffen the place mats to stop them curling, and to help avoid any heat getting to my table top. I intended to make coasters the same, but ran out of time. I will get back to this project soon (perhaps).

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    I'm making a set of coasters for a friend and I'm using leftover scraps of batting - the strips that are left after I trim the extra batting & backing from a quilt once it's quilted sometimes turn out to be exactly the right size for coasters.

    Now if I could only think of something else to do with those strips of batting, because I've got an aweful lot of them...

    Jan

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    Thank you for bringing this up...I have coasters on my list for Christmas and this is good information to know!!! :D :D :D

    Thanks for putting up the coaster site, Sue!! I really like those! 8)

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    I put batting in mine. I like the way it feels and looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    The 'criss-cross' coasters that I've made don't have anything in the middle! But there are a few layers of fabric & they seem to take care of any condensation 'drippage'.
    Here's a link to directions for them: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts...ross_coas.html
    She does use a fusible inside, but I don't find it necessary.
    Those are so cute! Thanks for the link. :) :)

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    I've considered using just batting....but I have a question for those that have made them with batting. Does the condensation EVER go right on thru to the tabletop??? I have some really nice furniture and I've been afraid to take the chance of getting those dreaded rings. :?:

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    I have never noticed that condensation has gone through. Both my DH and I have crisscross coasters on the tables beside our chairs.

    But DH's and my tables are hand-me-downs from family. :)

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