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Scrappy Coasters

October is here and my head is swimming in Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving table runners, Christmas stockings, and Stocking Stuffers! Today I am going to go into detail on a quick little project that would be perfect as a Christmas gift, or even Holiday decor for your own home. I made this set of coasters as a gift for a friend using the Art Gallery Soulful collection by Maureen Cracknell. (click photos to expand)

*Iron all fabrics before cutting to make sure you get a precise cut.

Using my quilting square and rotary cutter, I cut 2 squares sized 5.5″ x 5.5″. During the fall/winter I enjoy large cups of hot drinks like apple cider, tea, and hot cocoa so to make these coasters sturdy I cut out a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of Insul-Bright. Insul-Bright is a breathable/washable material that is also heat-resistant! It’s normally used in oven mitts, so you know your surfaces will be safe from heat when using these coasters. (If you make them big enough you could even use them to hold a bowl of soup!)

Lay one square right side up then place your next fabric square right side down, so that the right sides are touching.

Next, lay your Insul-Bright on the top and clip together. Make sure you remember to leave an opening of about 2.5″ for turning. (Marked in red on my photo.)

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, take your coaster to your machine and sew. Once you have sewn it (leaving an opening for turning) you can clip the corners and trim the seam allowance. You will want to leave the seam allowance on your opening so you can iron it and topstitch later to close.

Turn your coaster right side out using a turning tool or whatever method works best for you. I forgot to photograph this step. Check to see that your corners are poking out as much as possible and look great. Iron your coaster down now, making sure to fold the opening in on itself so you can stitch it closed.

Bring it back to your machine to topstitch and close your opening.

Here comes the fun part that I love! Once you have stitched it closed you can get creative with your decorative stitching and really make these pop! Just a tip for using your decorative stitches; make sure you go slow and take your time with the intricate decorative stitches since they take a bit more work to achieve. I promise it will be worth the extra time.


I made a set of 4 coasters, but you could do as many as you want! They make great gifts, stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts, the possibilities are endless. They are 100% cotton so you can throw them in the washer/dryer!

If you are giving these coasters as a gift, you can refer back to one of my older blog posts on using scrap fabric to make a beautiful fabric rope!

I would love to see what creations you come up with for your coasters!



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Elastic Gathering

Hi everyone!
I am Susy Griffith and I love to sew! Most specifically, I love to sew clothing for little girls!!!

I am excited today to share with you a quick way to gather all those millions of yards of ruffles that are sometimes used for the adorable outfits for little or big girls!

All you need is your fabric and some ¼” wide clear elastic.
You can purchase this in the notions part of pretty much any store that carries sewing items.
The first thing will be to cut your elastic approx 1-2” shorter than you want the finished length of your gathered edge to be.

For example, if I need my ruffled edge to be 26” finished I would cut my elastic approx 24 ½” long.
To begin, change your stitch length to your traditional gathering stitch length. Mine is 3 on my machine. Next, I find the center of both my fabric and my elastic and mark it by pinning or clipping it at the center. I then tack down the beginning edge of my gather as shown in pic 1.

Stretch out your elastic and sew it to the garment. It takes a little bit of trial and error to get it worked out sometimes. I have found that going at a medium speed works the best and allows the fabric to be pulled under the foot easier.

Your finished gather should look similar to this.

Pin to your garment matching side seams, centers, etc…how ever you prefer to get your gathers attached for sewing.

Attach pieces together using a reg stitch length. I sew it first on my machine so that I can flip it over and check to make sure I have all the gathers sewn without any errors. Serge or finish the edge in which ever way you are most comfortable doing.

Hopefully, this will be something you might be interested in trying ! I have been doing it this way for over a year now and I love it! I can gather, attach , and finish the edge in less time than it takes to gather the edge in most cases!

Thanks for reading and enjoy!!