Back for more oilcloth fun?
Today I’ve got a simple gift idea for a friend or teacher.
And it maximizes the cute factor of oilcloth with all those bright colors.
I mean, Oilcloth is just screaming to have a party, right?
Let’s help throw one!
If you’re new to our series, I’m sharing a week of projects using Oilcloth fabric—and Kate is tackling Leather. (Yesterday I shared a very detailed post about How to Sew with Oilcloth. This is a continuation…)
Something I love about Oilcloth is how unique the prints are, and what the designs have to offer.
The doily fabric on the left is adorable on it’s own, but what if you cut out the doily shapes? Twice as many projects! And the fabric on the right is full of hidden images. I’ve had it for years and only today did I notice that there’s a skeleton riding on bicycle!….and wearing a sombrero with fruit. YES. I love it even more now.
So when you’re thinking of project ideas for your oilcloth, use the unique features that the fabric has to offer.
For this project we’re going to make drink coasters.
Because everyone needs a coaster to protect their table.
And even if they don’t….a drink can always use an accessory this cute.
So let’s start with square coasters:
• Cut 5×5 squares of fabric using a rotary cutter and mat.
• Place two squares together, with right sides of the fabric together, and sew around 3 of the sides using about a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave the 4th side open.
(Note: if you’ve never sewn with oilcloth refer to my detailed post How to Sew with Oilcloth)
• When you’re done sewing, trim the corners. The more fabric you can trim off, the easier it will be to poke out those corners.
• Turn the coaster right-side out. This will feel awkward and stiff, because oilcloth is stiff. But just be firm and work it out. It’s okay to wrinkle and squish the fabric. It will smooth back out when you’re done.
• Really try your best to poke out all the corners so they look square.
• Fold the opening under and hold it in place with WONDER CLIPS or binder clips—remember that you don’t want to place pins in the fabric because they’ll leave holes behind.
• Sew a topstitch around the entire coaster, sewing the opening closed.
And you’re done!
Now repeat that 3 more times.
Tie them all up into a little bundle.
Throw in some of your favorite drink items (and maybe a recipe or two? Delia’s got a bunch of good ones)
And you’ve got a simple gift for a simple celebration.
Now if you’re a bit more girly, and frilly, and lemonade is more your flavor….
Here’s another coaster idea.
Cut a few doilies from your oilcloth fabric (btw, this doily fabric comes in a variety of colors. How fun would it be to use them all in a set of coasters??)
And this time around, we’ll make the sewing even easier. We’ll leave the the edges raw because oilcloth doesn’t fray.
• Cut loosely around your doily (don’t worry about trimming perfectly, we’ll do that after we sew)
• Cut another piece of oilcloth for the bottom of the coaster. This makes the coaster reversible! I used solid white oilcloth for the bottom of mine.
• Place the two fabrics together, with wrong sides of the fabric together and sew in a circle around the two layers.
• When you’re done, trim the edges in a scalloped pattern around the doily.
And you’re done!
Now place them in a mason jar mug with straws and lemonade…and your gift is ready!
When life gives you lemons….
Make doily coasters.
Now head over to See Kate Sew where she’ll show you how to make the most darling leather + smashed fabric pouches. Clever! I love that Kate.