How to Sew Hexagon Coasters – A Beginner Friendly Sewing Project
Today’s project was inspired by my daughter’s insistence of throwing our coasters to the floor.
These are our current coasters (well, we have four of each).
While they are lightweight, I can’t seem to be able to convince my kiddo that coasters are for sitting your drink on, not to slide across the floor, or to use as a drumstick on a hard surface.
I got the idea to make hexagon coasters from the Cath Kidston book. There is a hexagon quilted knitting bag project (which I am determined to make one day). As my kiddo likes rainbows and playing with coasters, I’m hoping she reaches for these over the wooden ones.
Without further ado, here is how you can make your very own hexagon quilted coaster.
- Hexagon template
- All-purpose scissors
- A piece of card
- 100% Cotton Fat Quarters
- Lightweight cotton batting
- Cutting Mat
- Fabric Scissors/rotary cutter
- Marking tool
- For sewing machine sewing: all purpose foot, needle size 80/12
Instructions to Make Hexagon Template
Prepare your fabric (wash, dry and iron)!
Making Hexagon Template:
Do the following to make your own template
Cut a square on a piece of card (I used an old food packaging box) measuring 4.5 inches by 5 inches
Fold the card in half
Turn the card to its side and fold in half again
Mark a 1.5 inch line on the top, and connect the end of the line to the adjacent corner, as indicated below. Then cut the line you just drew.
Open up the card. You should now have a hexagon template!
I checked the size of the template (different from the one above, because I forgot to take pictures the first time I made it) by sitting my widest mug on it, and it (just about) fit! Feel free to adjust the size of the template if you would like it bigger/smaller. The sewing instructions will remain the same.
Using the hexagon template, cut out the following:
- x2 hexagons from the fat quarter
- x 1 piece of batting
Place the fat quarters right side together
Place the cotton batting on the wrong side of one the fat quarters
Pin all the pieces together.
Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, sew in place, leaving a gap of 2 inches.
Clip all the corners and trim down excess seams.
Turn inside out, taking care to push out the corners (use a knitting needle, chopstick or a pencil).
Fold in approximately ¼ inch of the fabric. It will help to press this bit to keep in place.
Ideally you would ladder/blind stitch the gap for extra stability, but I struggled to do this
If you want to try the blind stitch check out this video.
As I had folded in and ironed the fabric in place, I went straight to top stitching the coaster, using a ¼ inch seam allowance.
You now have a hexagon coaster!
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