I made these embroidered kitten coasters as a birthday present. October has been a busy month birthday wise! Each of the designs are from Urban Threads. I like to think of them as a series expressing 4 of the 9 lives of a cat, maybe I shall make a few more to make up the complete 9!
To make, I cut a 5″ square of the front and the backing fabric, then fused a 4 1/2″ square of fleece to the centre of the coaster top. Right sides together, I stitched the 1/4″ seam, occasionaly catching the edge of the fleece for some extra security. Leaving an opening along one side for turning out, I snipped each of the corners then turned right side out and ladder stitched the opening closed. Finally I top stitched all the way around each coaster.
This was my first time making coasters and I kind of made it up as I went along, but I kind of like the result. Next time I shall try using a sharp rotary cutter blade as some of my coaster squares don’t seem to square now! Also using a backing fabric that doesn’t fray quite so much would probably make things a lot easier, especially when trying to sew such a narrow seam. All in all though, I am pretty pleased and the good thing is that they are machine washable should any drink get sloshed over them.
So here is the series: