Upcycled Project – Where Have You Seen This Fabric?

My sewing machine whirred away for a while this Christmas season in an attempt to give small, meaningful gifts from the heart rather than the pocket book.  These coasters were one such gift and I’ll be posting about others over the next few months.  For those who have sailed on the Riggin already, the striped fabric may look familiar.  I’m not going to tell you where it came from, you have to guess!  I will say that the fabric is upcycled.  And just as it jazzes me to create dinner out of what looks like “nothing to eat” in the fridge, it was just as fun to create something out of fabric I may have otherwise thrown away like last week’s leftovers.

sew your own coasters

To Make:

Fabric remnants in 1, 2 or 3 different matching fabric.
Thin quilt batting or ugly fabric that you don’t want to see.

Cut 4, 5 inch squares from fabric 1 (the back.)
Cut 4, 4 1/2 inch squares from batting or ugly fabric.
If you’d like for the front and back to be the same fabric, cut 8, 5 inch squares of the same fabric.
Cut 4, 2 3/4 x 5 inch rectangles the back fabric.
Cut 4, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch rectangles of fabric 2.
Cut 4, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch rectangles of fabric 3.

sew your own coasters

Sew the small squares of fabric 2 and 3 together first with a 1/4 inch seam allowance for all.
Sew the two squares to the 2 3/4 x 5 rectangles and press.
With wrong sides facing, leave a 2 inch opening, and sew the front and back pieces together around the outer edge.  Snip the corners.
Invert as you would to make a pillow and then insert the batting material.  This took some patience to smooth out the batting and not have wrinkles.
Fold the opened seam closed and top stitch at both a 1/4 inch and right on the edge.  I also added an x, but you could easily do circles or another free form design.

Annie
Frugal gifting – gotta love it!

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10 Comments

  1. Posted January 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I know I know ha ha I know.

  2. Pinky Rines
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I know! Curtains from the cabins. Is there a prize for figuring it out?????

  3. Annie Mahle
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yup, your names will go into a hat and we’ll do a drawing. Going to announce it in the next newsletter. (Anyone who isn’t already signed up can sign up here: http://www.mainewindjammer.com, top of the home page.) Pinky, how’s things in your household? Missing you and that good husband of yours.
    xo,
    Annie

  4. Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Cabin curtains? Hope all is well with you and the family. Happy New Year!

  5. Susan Land
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think the fabric came from the curtains on the boat.

  6. Beverly Keeter
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s the curtains…..:)

  7. Posted January 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    They are the cabin curtains

  8. Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Am I too late, to say curtains in the cabins. Miss those little windows that let in the sea air.

  9. Lois Mauro
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love contests. I hope I can get to answer the next one.

  10. Lorraine Valenta
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can the fabric be from the dish towels?

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