I love to make fabric coasters. So quick and easy, with that element of instant gratification combined with usefulness. We attended a family wedding last weekend, and purchased the standard “kitchen equipment” sort of present. Well, not quite standard, but eminently useful and loved here at our household! In any case, I also wanted to give the bride and groom a little something handmade as well. We did a big “cousin dinner” thing while we were visiting and went out to the bride and groom’s favorite sushi restaurant. Yummy. Even the non-sushi-eating cousins were good sports and tried some things. (Although the look on cousin Steven’s face when he ate the Philly roll was quite humorous.)
So, I whipped up these little sushi coasters. On the back is some great fabric from Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossom line for Michael Miller (Blossom Buds in Mustard). I got the sushi fabric at JoAnns, and it’s from Robert Kaufman. The coasters are super-easy to make. I cut 4.5″x4.5″ squares out of the two fabrics, and one same-size square of a thin cotton batting. Sandwich it together, like such….batting on the bottom, backing piece facing up, front piece facing down. Sew around the square with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a big enough gap for turning it right-side out on one side. Clip the corners off, although not too close to the stitching. Turn it, and push out the corners with a chopstick or pencil. Press. Then, top-stitch around the outside, close to the edge, which also closes up the gap that you used to turn the little quilt sandwich. I used a bright green thread for the top-stitching, which actually turned out quite cute and matched better than I thought it would. Voila, coasters! Easy-peasy. And all fabric from my stash – even better!