Ever have a tiny scrap that is so cute, you cannot part with it? That's how I feel about these Unruly Reindeers ... they are so charming! We originally posted about these silly reindeer here during our Tammis Keefe Tribute / Giveaway Event.
I decided to whip up a linen-backed quilted coaster featuring one of these little guys! I had some coordinating scraps that worked realy well w/ the reindeer! Someday (before Christmas hopefully) I'll make a couple more so that there's a set.
Coasters are a great way to use up scraps ... here's a flashback picture to some coasters that I made in January for my cousin ...we are both big fans of the lime green / pink combo!
If you've got any oilcloth scraps laying around, try these:
Posted about them here .. could NOT be simpler. An absolute beginner could make them.
Quilted coasters are really simple ... in a nutshell, this is how I do it:
- pick coordinating fabrics; you can lay them out to get a visual, or just wing it.
- start sewing them together
- press seams
- keep sewing pieces together until you get to the desired size (I go for 5" x 5" and have a card stock cutout in this shape so it's easy to lay it over the fabrics to see where I'm at).
- trim to desired size
- make a "sandwich" with your pieced top, batting and the backing (linen in my case)
- make sure the RIGHT sides are facing
- sew around edges leaving about 2" opening to turn
- clip corners, turn,
- press, topstitch & "quilt" as desired!
I seem to have taken about a gazillion pictures of this coaster process, so here's a pictoral...
|i started with the reindeer|
|i trimmed the top and bottom of this 3 - pieced section, so that the next two pieces (the red ones) could go on straight|
|see-- straight edges where each piece is attached|
|having this template helps me see what i need to trim|
|polish up those edges|
|nice and neat pieced front|
|the opening ... tuck those ends under, topstitch, "quilt" and be done!|