I don't know about you, but there is something about that first feel of crisp fall air that makes me want to make a cozy scrap fabric project!
One of my favorite things to make are fabric coasters using not only my scrap fabric, but my scrap batting as well. (This "Frankenbatting" post details another great way to utilize scrap batting).
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Scrap fabric of varying sizes, nothing larger than 5.5" square is needed (I used scraps of flannel for an extra cozy feel)
Scrap batting, 5.5" square needed for each coaster
Pins (these are my favorite)
Something with a dull, but pointed, end to push corners out (I used a chopstick for this. Pencils also work well).
Just a Quick Note
The following photos are going to be depicting the Skinny Stripe Coaster. There are four different fabric coaster variations in the set, and fabric requirements + diagrams for each of them can be found here in the Wren Collective Free Pattern Library (or enter your email at the bottom of this post to get access to all of the free patterns from Wren Collective).
Skinny Stripe Scrap Fabric Coaster
This particular coaster uses fabric and batting scraps in the following sizes:
- 3.5" x 5.5" piece of fabric (far left fabric in photo below)
- 1" x 5.5" piece of fabric (middle in photo below)
- 2" x 5.5" piece of fabric (far right in middle below)
- 5.5" x 5.5" piece of scrap batting (I used scraps of Warm and Natural)
- 5.5" x 5.5" piece of fabric to use as the backing
- With right sides together, sew all three sections together using a ¼" seam allowance. Press seams open for the least amount of bulk.
2. Gather your pieced coaster top, the scrap batting, and the coaster backing. Layer them in this order: batting, backing right side up, and top right side down.
3. Pin pieces together if desired. I find pinning to be helpful, especially when sewing through three layers.
4. Sew ¼" around the perimeter of the square, leaving a 2"-3" space open, as seen along the bottom side of coaster in the photo below. This open space will be used to turn the coaster right side out.
Tip: leave open space along side of coaster with no seams. If you leave the open space on a side of the coaster that has seams, the seams could come loose when turning the coaster right side out.
5. Trim all four corners of coaster, being careful not to cut any stitches. Trimming the corners reduces bulk when the coaster is turned right side out and the corners are pushed out.
6. Turn the coaster right side out using the 2"-3" opening.
7. Push the corners out using a bluntly pointed object. I used a chopstick, but I've also used a mechanical pencil in the past.
8. Fold the opening under ¼" and pin closed.
9. Sew ⅛" around the perimeter of the coaster to close the opening and give the coaster a finished look. Enjoy this scrap fabric project!
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Other Cozy Scrap Fabric Projects
Here are a few other projects that can help tame the scrap bin:
Marcella + Mae Quilt Patterns (the plus sign blocks are super scrap friendly!)
Floating Love Mini Quilt Pattern
Sawtooth Star Quilted Pillow
Flying Love Mini Quilt Pattern
Other Free + Cozy Tutorials
If these coasters have put you in the fall sewing mood, I've rounded up over 10 free tutorials that are perfect for fall! Check out all of the free projects here.
Happy sewing! Until next time,