I haven't done a tutorial in quite some time, so here's a fun and easy one that even sewing newbies can handle! Make sets of four, six or twelve - it's up to you. These make wonderful housewarming gifts or stocking fillers. I'm making some for gifts on St. Nikolaus Day. You can make them as plain or colourful as you like! I chose a selection of fabrics from Moda's Fandango collection in aqua.
In this tutorial I have made a set of four. You will need:
8 x 11 cm (approx. 4.5") squares of cotton or thin linen fabric
4 x 11 cm (approx. 4.5") squares of medium fusible interfacing
matching sewing machine thread
soluble fabric marker pen
cut the fabric into the required amount of squares
on a medium cotton setting, iron on the interfacing onto the wrong side of half of the fabric squares. Take the remaining half and place them right sides together, matching up all four edges and pin. Using a narrow seam (0.5 cm) sew along the four edges leaving a 5 cm (approx. 2") opening on one side. Be sure to backstitch the beginning and end.
clip the corners and carefully turn the coasters right side out. Push out the corners with a blunt pencil or chopstick. Iron flat.
Topstitch along the edge using a small zig-zag stitch, thereby closing the open seam. Backstitch and snip off the remaining thread. Voilà! Finished!