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    Quick and Easy Coaster

    Quick and Easy Coaster

    Here is a really quick, fast and easy way to make a coaster. Take 5 different pieces of fabric 5 inches square ( or use 5 charm pieces). Lay the piece that you want to be the back right side up. Fold the 4 remaining pieces in half vertically. Place them on the bottom square with the raw edges matching the outside edge of the back piece. Go around the square like you fold a box top. When you come to the last piece, tuck part of it under piece number 1.
    Note: An alternative way is to fold the 4 remaining pieces diagonally and then place them around the square the same way with raw edges matching raw edges of bottom square.
    Pin in place and then sew a 1/4 inch seam all around the outside. Check the back to make sure that you caught each piece in the seam. Turn right side out, press and Voila...a coaster. I like to sew around the outside edge after I turn it right side out but not required. I think this would be a great way to use up scraps of fabric with different themes like Christmas, fall, spring, patriotic etc.
    There are basically 4 layers of fabric so you shouldn't need batting.
    Show me pics when you get yours done.
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    More of directions
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    Cute idea! I will have to try this!
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    I have made many of these but not in the triangle method. Here is a picture of what I did.
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    Since these are hot pads, I used Insulbrite inside and used 9" squares. I also made key rings and CHRISTmas ornaments. For the ornaments and key rings I used 4" squares to begin with. I LOVE your triangle method. Thanks for the great tutorial
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    These are so fun to make, but I have not tried the triangle method either! I also really like the rounded corners. I guess I need to make some more!
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    That is cute....

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    Love making coasters but yours are more darling looking! Will have to try this and thanks for the tutorials!
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    Thanks, I've too have made these with the squares but will try the triangles too.
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    I have made these, but I make a small starburst design in the center so they stay together and protect the insulbrite, during the wash. I make the "star" with embroidery thread.
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    I did these as a make and take years ago at the fair using hand crank sewing machines. We all had so much fun and then I heard later how many of them went on to sew other things. A great beginner activity.

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    Try doing one in a circle using a cd as a pattern.

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    Nice variation! Thanks for the tute!

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    So cute, thank you for sharing, these will be cute gifts.
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    love this idea - so simple and easy for teacher & bus driver gifts....thank you so much!

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    Great idea. I hadn't thought of doing larger squares w/insulbrite for hotpads!

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    I have made these using Christmas fabric. Great for a small "happy" for neighbors, etc. Also, they fit nicely on the bottom of a wine glass. You can actually fit the wine glass (stemware) bottom by starting at one side and swirling it until it is covered. Then is becomes a wine glass charm! Will attempt to add picture.
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    I have made dozens of these and they really work well too. I have never done the top stitching and they have still held up really well so that would just be a personal preference.

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    Thanks for the tutorial. I've made dozens and dozens of these. I love the fact that you don't have to either mess with binding or hand stitch an opening left for turning. I often make them from quilt scraps to coordinate the décor ... bedroom or living rooms.

    I've even made them on a much larger scale and use them as "appliance sliders". I do use the top stitching for the larger ones.

    Here are some ... for bread machine, stand mixer, blender and toaster ...
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    Thanks everyone for adding on to my post. I will try out the circle ones using a CD as a pattern and for sure I know some friends who use stemmed glasses. They will be getting some coasters for Christmas for they and their guests. So great to get all the ideas everyone shares.
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    I have made them also. They are additive. Never tried the triangle tho. Will see if I can do that one. Thanks for posting.

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    very cute,thanks for the tute
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    I have done the one with the triangles as Christmas tree ornaments...just add a loop of ribbon with the ends on the corner under the folded triangles.

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    Chasezzz, that would be good for little tiny squares of fabric. I will try it. Thanks so much!
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