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From Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott, 2009
Patchwork Coasters (Designed by Katie Trott)
From the author: Patchwork coasters do more than just protect your table surface from icy glassware—they look good doing it!
What you need:
(to make four coasters)
-5 standard pillowcases
-10-inch square of medium-weight sew-in interfacing
-sheet of paper
-thread to match the pillowcase
Seam Allowance: ¼ inch unless noted otherwise
- Cut the materials
a. Make a 5-inch square template from the paper.
b.Use the template to cut four pieces from the interfacing and cut four backing pieces from one of the pillowcases.
2. Prepare the Tops
a. Cut five 8-inch long strips of fabric from each of the pillowcases to miscellaneous widths of 1, 2, and 3 inches for each coaster.
b. Join the long sides of the strips together to make four pieced fabric rectangles, each one larger than the template. Press open the seam allowances after you make each seam.
c. Place the coaster template at a slight angle on top of each pieced rectangle and cut out the square shape.
3. Join the Layers
a. Make a sandwich for each coaster: interfacing on the bottom, a backing face up, and a pieced square right side down.
b. Sew around the perimeter of each sandwich, leaving a 2-inch long opening.
c. Clip the corners and turn the coasters right sides out.
d. Pin the opening closed and topstitch around the perimeter of each coaster.