Monday, May 9, 2011

Pop Flower Coaster Tutorial with Jess

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day.
 I got spoiled with brekky in bed, hand picked pressies from the kids, and fabric gift vouchers from my hubby. And even though Mother's Day has become bitter sweet, I had a lovely day spending time with those I love.

Another thing I Love about Mother's day is handmade cards and gifts... When Jess from Twin Fibers sent me through her Raw Edge Applique tutorial for today.. I was so disappointed I didnt get it to make some a week ago!! They are just so gorgeous!! Thank You Jess! xx

Would you like to make these cute coasters with me?
Today I'm going to show you how! These are a great little project for introducing you to raw edge applique.
Let's get started:
First you're going to need some supplies.
For each coaster you will need:
some fabric scraps for the flower and leaves
a 5.5" square each of a solid fabric for the front and a backing fabric
a 5" square of batting (not pictured)
and a double sided fusible web product (I'm using Lite Steam-a-Seam). There are several fusible webbing products on the market, just make sure to read the directions on the package if you are using something different.
You'll also need to print off the templates below or draw your own.
1. Trace your pattern pieces onto a sheet of the Steam-a-Seam. Trace onto the paper that seems more stuck to the fusible web. (One side of the paper on the webbing wants to come off easily and the other side is stuck on more.) Also, make sure you are tracing the reverse image of what you want cut out (not important with this project, but it is if you want to cut out letters from the alphabet). 
Roughly cut your shapes out.
2. Remove the paper from the Steam-a-Seam that you don't have your shape drawn on. Press your shape onto the backside of your fabric scraps.
Cut your shapes out along the pattern lines.
3. Place your pattern pieces onto your 5.5" square of fabric for the front. When you like your arrangement, peel of the piece of paper on the backing and stick it to the base fabric. Then you can iron the shapes down.
4. Now, you're going to start stitching around each of your shapes. I like to use a decorative stitch that's programmed into my machine, but you can use a small zig-zag too.
5. Here you can see where I've stitched around all the shapes with a coordinating thread color.
6. We're done with the applique part and now we're going to finish making the coaster. Take your backing fabric and place it right sides together with the appliqued front.
7. Stitch around the square leaving an opening on one side. Clip the corners as shown.
8. Cut a piece of batting a bit smaller that your stitching lines. I found it really helpful to spray baste this piece of batting onto the back side of the backing fabric before you turn it right side out.
9. Turn your coaster right side out and press.
10. Stitch around the outer edge, closing the opening for turning.
11. Add some hand quilting around the flowers and leaves to hold everything in place.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this project and give it a try sometime!
This type of raw edge applique can be so much fun and can be done with almost any shape. These flower shapes came from a wall hanging that I made for a swap. I really loved the screen that I saw here and translated that into a wall hanging and now into these coasters.
Thanks so much to Rebecca for letting me share these with you today!
Happy Sewing!


  1. Great tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

  2. Super cute idea. Can't wait to try it out!

  3. These are adorable!! My list of things to make is growing like crazy!! =D

  4. Great tutorial!

    Happy Mother's day to you... I thought of you today.

    Jennifer :)

  5. Love those flowers--so cute!!

  6. Enjoyed this very much, thanks.

  7. Happy belated Mother's Day! Thank you for the tutorial, these are stinkin' cute!!! :-)

  8. I love this type of applique. So easy and the results look fantastic!

  9. These coasters are really really cute!

  10. Thanks so much for the tutorial ~ really cute flower coasters!

  11. this looks super fun! Can't wait to get the time to try it out.

  12. lovely! what a fun little project. :)

  13. These are sooooooooo cute! I love it. I think I saw a quilt made similar to this on flickr probably made by her also. Very nice!

  14. These really are gorgeous, love your blog too, have a nice day :)

  15. What great last minute teacher gifts! Thanks for the tutorial.

  16. Great gift ideas. Thanks for the tute.

  17. I just made one - thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks so much for this tutorial & pattern! My sis has been wanting something like this. May have to make up some for Christmas!

  19. Love these coasters! Where can I print the patterns?

  20. These are so cute! I don't sew, but it makes me wish I did. With your tutorial, even I could do this. Maybe someday...

  21. I just love these little coasters, so simple and yet so lovely.

  22. Thanks so much for the pattern.
    I want to make them for gifts.

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