I’m picturing two types of reactions to this project. The first is from people who think binding is a breeze and are wondering why I’m going to so much trouble. Why not just bind them like normal? The second is from people like me who have serious issues with getting binding sewn on to their satisfaction. It’s never perfect. Those people are going to say “Yes, I get it!” Group One, you’ll always be welcome here, but today I’m talking to Group Two. I included these coasters in some of the photos for my Sewing Machine Hot Pad last week, because what goes better with a sewing machine than tiny quilts? They’re easy to make and, as I mentioned, avoid real binding completely, while still retaining some of that look. I’m all about cheating when it comes to sewing and retaining my sanity.
To make one of these you’ll need:
four 2 1/4” squares print fabric
two 4 x 1” strips solid fabric
two 5 x 1” strips solid fabric
one 5” square solid fabric
one 5” square InsulBright
one 5” square batting
Stitch the four print squares together to make a larger square.
Add the two 4” strips to the top and bottom edge of the square. Stitch with right sides together. Press the strips away from the square.
Repeat on the sides with the 5” strips.
Layer the batting, InsulBright, the back with the right side up, and the front with the right side down. Stitch, leaving 1 1/2” open at the bottom. Clip the corners.
Turn right side out and press. Stitch the opening closed by hand.
On the machine, stitch around close to the inner edge of the solid frame. Stitch in the ditch (on the seam) between the squares. Done!
I love the way the edges poof up.
These are quick to make, a great way to use up small scraps and an easily personalized gift. No binding skill required!