Sunday, February 07, 2010

Crisscross Coaster Tutorial

I have to start by stressing three things. The first is that I have never attempted a true tutorial before so be patient and feel free to ask questions and offer constructive comments so that I can learn how to do this better lol. Second I am just learning to sew and I am sure that I have a long ways to go to be great so again helpful tips are welcome. Third and lastly I made this project without a pattern so I have no doubts it could have been done better ha ha.

This project came about because my Mom saw a stack of fabric coasters at a friend’s house and borrowed the little cutie for me to look at. After inspecting it I thought I would give it a try.

IMG_7801 This is how they turned out. I hope this makes you want to stick around and see how I made them :)

 

IMG_7753I started with six squares that are all 5x5 inches(obviously if you want larger or smaller sizes you just adjust your square sizes). The square and rectangle pattern is going to be the back. The light color is just a filler. And the other two patterns are the ones that you will see on the top where they will crisscross.

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IMG_7763Next I ironed  the back  piece and filler piece flat and the top pieces are folded in half one time and ironed flat with the the side you want to see facing up.

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Next is the layering. First place the filler piece down (you will never see this piece so the side that is showing won’t matter), place on top of that your back piece with the side you want to see facing up.

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Now you start to crisscross your top pieces. You want to place them with the folded side facing in and the raw edges facing the outside.

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Next you want to place some straight pins to hold it all together because if you are like me you move things around a bunch as you sew.

IMG_7773Now just sew around the edges. As straight and square as you can. I didn’t use an exact seam allowance I just went in enough to catch all of the layers.

IMG_7776Now trim off the excess and around the edges and remove the pins.

   IMG_7777Here is a look at the front and the back before I turn it.IMG_7778

 

IMG_7779  Now you want to turn it inside out where your crisscross sections meet up.

Last but not least iron them flat and get ready to enjoy them on your own table or decorate them with some ribbon to give them as a gift!

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25 comments:

  1. These are so cute! Good job!

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  2. Super awesome. Been dying to make some coasters but nothing really caught my eye. I have some great scraps for these. Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from SITS.
    Tickled Pink Twice
    Sew, What's Next?

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  3. Super cute! I linked to your tutorial on my page. :) You did great on the tutorial, by the way! tracysfunstuff.blogspot.com

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  4. what a great idea so glad that you posted it. visitng from sits. have a great day.

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  5. Just loved this post... coming from SITS. Random, but are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore?

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  6. Popped in from SITS! That's a great tutorial--I understood it, and I'm pretty clueless on stuff like that!

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  7. You'll find out who is behind the door next week!

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  8. You have a great blog with lots of fun crafty ideas! Thanks for reading mine and voting for me for the photoshoot contest! I really appreciate it!

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  9. Those are super cute. I think you did amazingly well for someone who's just learning how to sew and didn't have a real pattern.
    It looks more complicated than I would have tried.

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  10. I forgot to say I was stopping by from SITS and hope you do the same!

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  11. Just stopping by from SITS. Cute project!!

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  12. What a cute project. You could make them in any color for any style house.
    Thanks,
    Mary

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  13. These are so cute, thanks for sharing!!

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  14. This is so cute! thanks so much for the tutorial, I am going to bookmark it!

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  15. This is way too hard for me. I would never bother fussing with something like this. I have several sets of coasters, none of which I made.

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  16. Wow, that is so easy! (Sorry Karen.) And what a great idea. Thanks to your mom for hooking you up with the prototype.

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  17. These are beautiful! You are so talented. Wow. I failed home ec when it came to sewing. I couldn't make the pedal go slow and I sewed way to zippliy! Darn it!

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  18. I love it...You always have such great ideas.

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

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  19. Stopping by from SITS.. this is a great idea! Love it.

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  20. Those are great! Happy SITS day!

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  21. Those are so cute! :)

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  22. Happy SITS day!

    I've been trying to find something unique but inexpensive for wedding favors, and this looks like a fun idea!

    Saving the link... :)

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  23. brilliant!! I will be making some of these for gifts I do believe.

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  24. cute! I just started sewing again, and it's these projects that make it so worth it. Happy SITS day!

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  25. stopping by from SITS - love your tutorial. Someone gave me one of these crisscross coasters and I've always wondered how to make them - so thanks! Happy SITS day :)

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