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

Quilting Done.. My Machine Felted Work Of Art


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I like how this turned out.

My first machine felted work of art. I kind of felt like I was a painter. Beginning with a solid piece of dark wine wool felt. And adding roving, yarn, ribbon wherever I wanted to place it. The felt leaves were added afterwards. They kind of flop. But that is the look I wanted. It is kind of messy looking on the right, but hey, it’s my first. 🙂

I quilted it with 3-D in mind. Going around and around the petals and centers of the petals. And outlined around the flowers. Then I stippled the borders.

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I was undecided on what fabric to use for the binding. Then remembered this fabric with trees that I just bought. I was saving it for something else but guess I can buy more if I need too.

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This is how the back looks. I used the blue linen, same as the borders. You can see the quilting better from the back. It measures 26″ by 28″. Perfect as a wall hanging.

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I have tons of ideas swirling around in my head. One, I want to start on right away. But need to make a trip to the fabric store. I need ivory or cream wool felt for the background. Probably will go tomorrow. And then I need to go to the Janome place. I broke two of the felting needles. 😦

I hope I get better at it as I go. Practice, practice.


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-ive-got-my-work.html

Another Zip Bag… With Scissors


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I bought so much fabric last year that I can’t even remember what I have. My eyes light up when I see a piece I had forgotten all about. Like this burgundy “scissors” fabric. I knew I had the Moda scissors in white, black and bright orange.

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So, when I saw the burgundy (Cranston Print Works) under layers of other fabric, you should have seen me jumping for joy. They would be my next zip bag.

This one is a little different than the first two. I added some embellishments.

  • Black polka dot grosgrain ribbon
  • Huge black/white/burgundy buttons
  • Ball and chains

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I know, I know. I have said it many times. But I am loving this one too.

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Here are more photos I took.

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Can’t you just see a larger version of this. Maybe one with snaps instead of a zipper.

Do you like working with zippers? They are kind of pricey, aren’t they? Where do you get yours?

I am going to make two more little zip bags and then I will spend some time with my umbrella blocks. Need to decide on mini quilt, lap quilt or bed sized.


Go here for tutorial to make your own little zippy bag.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/04/strippy-charm-pouch.html


Linking up to..

http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/05/12/saturday-showcase-craft-projects/

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/05/06/manic-monday-linky-party-36/

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/05/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-heartstrings.html