Recycle #10: Coasters Made From Old Cutting Mat


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Hey, wait!! Don’t toss your old worn out cutting mat.

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Cut it up and make some really cute coasters.

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Want to make your own? You only need a few supplies. Which you probably already have. Now Go. Collect up this stuff.


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Sturdy, heavy duty scissors
Fabric/Thread
Iron-on interfacing
Ruler/measuring tool


DIRECTIONS TO MAKE CUTTING MAT COASTERS

Cut Up Cutting Mat

Decide on dimensions for your coasters and cut mat into workable pieces.

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Next, cut the sizes you want from the larger pieces. I made a template from an old VCR cassette case.

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Round the corners so the ends won’t poke through your fabric pouch.

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Fabric/Interfacing

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Determine the size of the fabric needed by laying mat down on top of folded fabric.

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Allow about an inch on the bottom and also one side. (Will only have a seam on one side.) Leave about 1 1/2″ at the top where mat will be inserted.

Iron on the interfacing. (I used Fusible Fleece for some and lightweight Pellon for others.)

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Sewing

Sew down one side and along the bottom (1/2″ seams, you can trim later). Backstitch beginning and ending stitches.

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Test it by slipping your mat inside the fabric pouch to make sure it fits OK. You may have to “squeeze” your mat to ease it inside.

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While the mat is inside the pouch, turn down the cuff to get an idea of how much top you have to work with.

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If you are happy, remove mat, turn pouch right side out, gently poke out the corners, fold the top down along your prefolded lines. Press. Slip mat back inside pouch.

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Sew up the top opening either by sewing machine or by hand. I did mine by machine (with the mat inside). Use matching or coordinating thread. I tried both.

And done!!

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You can use your scraps, too. Quilt or leave plain. Make them in lots of sizes and colors. Coordinate with coffee mugs and give as gift sets.

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Take them to work, use at home. Great for the kiddies. If they spill something on the coaster, sponge it off with liquid dish detergent, rinse, blot with a paper towel, air dry. And ready to put back in use.

So easy to make, inexpensive. And Think Green. You are putting reusable materials back into circulation instead of contributing to an unsightly landfill.

Don’t have a sewing machine. No problem. You can hand sew these if you do not own one.

And what a great project for kids!! Have fun recycling.

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Fabric Note: The scissors fabric I used is called Half Moon by Moda. I have it in all the colors you see up above.

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I found this navy scissors fabric at JoAnn’s.

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Don’t love it as much as Half Moon, but I still like it. Will use it in a project soon.


Still more October finishes to show you. Do come back. Thanks much for visiting me!!


Linking to…

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2012/11/laff-40.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/11/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-lets-hear-it-for_9.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/11/we-did-it-wednesday.html

Auditioning Fabric For Bindings and Mug Rugs

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Hi everyone, been a while. But I have been busy. VERY busy.

Making fun Mug Rugs. If you have never heard of them, they are the equivalent of a coaster and a placemat. Larger than the former and smaller than the latter.

Deciding on which fabric to use for the binding has taken days. Yes, I really do mean DAYS. Since you know hand sewing is my least favorite part of quilting, I wanted to make absolutely sure my choice would be perfect.

So…. I tried out several.

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It was still hard deciding. I guess it is best to let the “squares” decide. And look at them through my camera lenses. I can eliminate a lot of yucks just with this one step.

BTW, I created these mug rugs by cutting 5″ by 5″ fabric charms into four 2 1/2″ squares. The ones with pinked edges gave me fits!! Why do companies pink the edges? Don’t they know about fabric waste. And trying to match up the sides is a total PITA!! I ended up cutting off most of them before sewing.

Anyhoo… back to what I was telling you. I have almost 20 mug rugs in the works. Some sewn, quilt sandwiches made, some quilted ready for binding and some bindings waiting to be hand sewn. I think the fun part is selecting the fabrics and sewing them together. I love that step!!

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These photos show more mug rugs. Adding in a few novelty squares. I am going to use red polka dots for the back and probably bind them with black fabric with tiny white dots. I’ll keep making them until I run out of little squares.

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What do you think of my POINTS?

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Looking good, huh? I figured out the trick to getting them almost perfect. The trick is don’t skimp when making the fold in the corners. Let it extend out a bit. Like a hang over. That little extra allows the corners to point out and lay flat.

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What else have I been working on……. I made a few things with the cat fabric I showed you a couple weeks ago. But more on that later. Need to finish them up and take photos.

Fiesta Bowl Time

Saturday, August 8

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Whew!! Done!! This set took longer than the other fabric bowls due to the hand sewing needed to finish off the ends. Coil ends on the two bowls. And fabric “blending” on the coasters.

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I think these fabrics work well together.

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The pictures hardly do this set justice. I did my best to capture what my eyes see.

And this is what I see…..

Larger bowl, smaller bowl (coaster caddy) and 8 coasters. Colors are red, purple and green. Starting at the top of each bowl… Red fabric has tiny white hearts. Purple floral with red, green and white.  Bottom fabric is an avocado print.

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Again, I put my own spin on making these fabric bowls. I have a hard time “following”. I have to be out front leading the band.

At first I planned to use larger rings for handles (see photo below) but didn’t have enough of the purple and red floral fabric to make a huge bowl like I wanted.  (And I ended up not using the solids and lavender tiny print.)

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So… going smaller meant different rings. I like how these little 2″ round Marbella rings look. I may make another set like this in a different color combination.

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Here are more photos…

Figuring out how to wrap the rings.

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Bottoms Up!!

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Let’s peek inside.

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And one last photo.

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Go here for instructions to make your own bowl.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl