When I’m in a creative low and need a boost, I create colorful coasters from fused fabric scraps that are left-overs from previous projects.
Arrange fused fabric scraps on a Teflon ironing sheet or a sheet of release paper. Be sure that all of the pieces are overlapping at least enough so that they will fuse into a full sheet of fabric.
Press with an iron making sure that all pieces are connected to form a sheet.
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Square up the outside edges then cut it into various widths. Rearrange the cut strip widths and press them together on the release paper, overlapping the edges just enough to create a new sheet of fabric.
Trim up the outside edges. Rotate the piece and cut strips in different widths from the other direction. Arrange the new strips on the release paper. Press, overlapping the edges, creating a new sheet of fabric.
Continue to trim up the outside edges, slice into strips, rearrange the strips and press together on the release sheet until you are pleased with the design. For more interest, use the little trimmings on the top of the piece.
Sandwich the fused top, thin batting, fused backing. Press to make a flat pancake of a quilt. Trim up the outside edges. Quilt. Zig-zag around the outside edges and you are done.
Use these for “coasters” on your end tables, desks, coffee tables, even as placemats or table runners. When they get old and icky, throw them away and replace with the others you make.
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Guest Contributor: Jane
I have always made things. Early on in my life because I couldn’t buy, then because I couldn’t stop, now because I treasure the “art” made with human hands and creative minds. If it requires a needle and “thread” then I’ve tried it.
At this phase of my life, I am devoting much of my energy to creative clothing, facilitating a class of marvelous, creative women who share a need for ideas, inspiration, techniques and each other to continue their journeys in the world of creativity.
I have grandchildren, a supportive and independent husband, treasured friends, and a new black convertible.