This is a fast and simple project that yields a set of 4 oversized coasters. I've been whipping them up by the dozen and giving them to party hosts and coffee buddies. I think they would make a sweet new home or teacher gift as well. Especially paired with a handmade mug and favorite tea or half pound of coffee.
Materials: Small amounts of cotton laminate prints, bamboo or other quilt batting, thread.
1) First, pick your laminated cotton fabrics. For this set I used one fabric for all four of one side, and random cuts from four other laminate prints I had leftover from my box bags.
2) Cut eight 5 1/2 squares of cotton laminate, and four 5 1/2 squares of bamboo or other batting from quilt scraps.
3) Lay a cotton laminate square that you want to be the bottom of your coaster face up on your work surface.
4) Lay a cotton laminate square that you would like to be a coaster top face down on top of the other laminate square, with right sides touching.
5) Layer batting square on top of cotton laminates. Do not pin. Pinning leaves permanent punctures in cotton laminates and oil cloth.
6) Sew all around your square using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening on one side. If you use a smaller seam allowance, the coaster will be more difficult to topstitch later.
7) Snip the corners and trim excess batting.
8) Pull the coaster right side out through your 3" opening.
9) Finger press around. You can iron cotton laminates, but I found that on a project this small it wasn't necessary.
10) Topstitch around entire coaster using 1/4" allowance. Repeat 3 times more to complete your set.