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For my project I have sewn some very quick and versatile Tree Coasters.
You will see that they are very versatile, and can be used for other things!
I think these are the perfect size (4 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in) as they easily hold your coffee mug and with room for a biscuit:
Here is how I started.
I collected together fabric scraps for the trees and the backgrounds. I ran these through my Sizzix machine with the 657622 die:
Here is what I needed for each tree top:
They are quick and easy to sew as all the corners are cut so that everything fits perfectly:
Press the tree patch towards the background fabric:
For the trunks cut fabric strips 1 1/2in wide, and for the background 2in wide.
Sew the strips together along the long sides and press the seams towards the trunk:
Now cut into sections 2 1/2in long:
Stitch one of these to the base of each tree:
Press the seams towards the tree:
Now sandwich the pieced tree block with batting and a backing fabric that are a little larger than the patchwork:
I machine quilted horizontally across the block. At the base of each tree I used a decorative stitch from a selection on my sewing machine. You can just use straight stitch though as I did on some of the others, or choose a wavy stitch and use that.
As these are so small I generally do not need to baste them together before machine quilting when I use a walking Foot.
If you want to though you can spritz with 505 Spray baste for extra stability.
If you have more time these are lovely to sit and hand quilt with Big Stitches and thick threads!
For a quick finish I then quilted around the edge of the block 1/4in in from the raw edge. I used the same thread as for my quilting and went round each block twice for emphasis:
Then I trimmed off the surplus fabric and thread with pinking shears:
Here are some more, a whole forest!
You can see how I used different quilting. They are really quite addictive:
And in action:
If you can bare to part with them, they make great gift tags for presents for special people! Just thread some ribbon through the top of the tree and write in a permanent marker on the back.
You can use four of these as a little mat:
You can see from the blocks placed here that you will need to cut a 2 1/2in square for the centre before sewing the blocks together. Mine is just a mock up. You will sew the blocks together before quilting them ! and you can still use the quick finish around the edges!
And you can use them as a garland too:
If you have other ideas as to what you could use your Tree Coasters for this holiday season, do let me know!
Don’t forget to check the other Blogs this week for lots of Sizzix ideas, and enter to win the prizes!
Thanks for stopping by!