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Coasters II

So my oldest son (Big W) is so excited about coasters. I have a plastic cover I’ve made for our table so that my 2 boys under 5 years old cannot do much damage to it. Despite the table already being adequately protected, Big W insists that everyone use a coaster at the table.  So here is coaster idea number 2 in what might be a series!

Level: If you can sew a straight line….

Time: 1/2-1 hour


Scrap fabric in 5 1/2″ squares

Iron-on interfacing lightweight (I used Pellon 911FF)

Iron-on batting interfacing – 5″ square per coaster

Miscellaneous scrap fabric for decorative sides

{All Rights Reserved Copyright 2012 Maranda Lee Designs Ltd – for personal use only}

1. To create the coaster shown above I used a solid 5 1/2″ square of fabric on one side. To create this striped side, cut 4 pieces of fabric 2 1/2″ wide x 8″ long. Iron on lightweight interfacing (pellon 911ff) to the wrong side of each piece.

2. Stitch 2 pieces lengthwise together, press open and then topstitch 1/8″ from seam. Continue until all 4 pieces are stitched together to form one larger piece.

3.To get the diagonal effect of the stripes, place the 5 1/2″ square on the larger striped section at an angle. Using the square as a template, pin in place and cut along the edge. You now have 2  squars that are 5 1/2″

4. Place batting on the wrong side of 1 square. Have the iron-on side facing the wrong side of the fabric. Press following manufacturer directions.

5.Place square with iron on batting right side facing on second square. Pin in place. Stitch 1/2″ around the edge leaving a 3″ opening on once side for turning right side out. Clip the corners.

6. Turn right side out, press. Topt stitch 1/4″ from edge around all 4 sides closing up the opening as you sew.

For this set I made 4 diffrent coasters – one as shown above.  I added a band to one side of a solid square before stitching by taking a 3″ wide strip of fabric, fold the ends lengthwise towards the center and press, then stitch the band to the  square at an angle (you could also make it go vertical or horizontal).  I made one with a solid square on each side and then a different coaster using 2 triangles. I folded the 5 1/2″ square diagonally to make a triangle then added a 1/2″ seam allowance to the longest side. With right sides facing match up the longest sides and stitch, press and topstitch. You now have a 5 1/2″ square

Use your imagination. Create hexigons, circles, hearts, etc…have fun!


I Love Montana

If you live in Montana then it is most likely because you LOVE it!  The outdoor adventure, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc.  Our summers are too short but that makes us appreciate every sun-filled moment and savor every warm breeze. Montana is the romantic subject of movies, music and books and it’s every bit of amazing as you can imagine.

Honestly, it took me a little while to come to appreciate where I call home. And on frigid winter mornings I sometimes have to look with purpose for the beauty, but it’s there, always. So to honor the rugged land I love to call home, here  you go!  You live here? Brag about it….you’ve earned it!

Level: Eazy-Peezy

Time: 20 minutes


Wonder Under double-sided lightweight interfacing

Scrap fabric

Felt -for the heart



1.  I googled maps of Montana online and used one as a template (yes I pressed the paper on my screen and traced it from the monitor).  Show your home pride and make your own state shirt!

2. Select your scrap fabric big enough to fit the state template. Cut a piece of Wonder Under a little bigger than the template. Iron to the WRONG side of fabric

3. Trace template on the paper side of the Wonder Under (make sure that the image will be facing the right way once cut)

4. Cut out image, iron to shirt. Using a small zigzag stitch, stitch around edge of the state.

5. Using a small piece of felt, cut a heart (tip: fold felt in half and cut a 1/2 heart so that it is even on both sides-think Valentine cards in Kindergarten)

6. Place the heart in the area that you live. stitch it to the applique and shirt  stitching by hand or using short straight stitch on your machine.

Bamm! You’re done!  Flaunt it!  You love your state, now show it!

Awe-mazing Gift Bows


I adore anything handmade especially when it is given to me as a gift. There is something about receiving a gift that was made with you in mind. I cherish these gifts most as I think of the time and love put into that object.

Whether your gift is made by hand or not, you can add a little personal touch to every gift with one of these amazing fabric bows. It’s good for the environment and your friend will probably love the bow almost as much as the gift itself!

{Pattern Copyright 2012 Maranda Lee Design Ltd}

Level: Super Easy

Time: 1/2 hour or less (make more than 1 at a time and save them in a small tote with your gift wrap)


Scrap fabric 8-14″ long at least 2″
Pinking shears or rotary cutter with pinking blade
Hot Glue
Thread (you can hand sew this but I like to machine sew these-it’s just faster)
Wonderunder double sided iron-on by Pellon (for bow #2)
Bow Option 1:
1. Using the pinking shears/rotary cutter cut fabric into strips 1″ to 1 1/4″ wide so the pinking cut is on each side of the fabric. Cut strips to the following lengths. You will need 2 of each size: 14″, 12″ 10″ 8″
2. Fold each piece as follows: with piece horizontally in front of you, fold short edge to the middle and flip upside down, then take other side of the strip and fold to the middle and flip upside down. The turns on each side should be going opposite directions. Pin. Do this for the remaining 7 strips.
3. Stack the strips perpindicular by size (ie: place one 14″ strip on top of the other 14″ strip show they are shaped like a +) Tack in place by hand or with a forward and back stitch on your machine
4. Stack the + by size. Place the 14″ set on bottom, then the 12″ set on top of that, then the 10″ set on top of that and then the 8″ set on the top. Stitch through all layers making sure the ends of each set are secured.
5. Hot glue a button or other decorative center.
Bow Option 2:
1. Cut 4″ strips of wonderunder by 14, 12, 10 and 8″ Iron one piece between 2 pieces of fabric. Use pinking rotary cutter and cut strips to 1 or 1 1/4″ wide.
2. You will want 2 pieces of each length when you are done. Continue as above from step 2
Bow Option 3:
1. Cut fabric scraps into 3″ strips by 14″, 12″, 10″ 8″ – you will need 2 of each size.
2. Start with 1 strip. Fold in lengthwise bringing the edges to the center. Your strip will be 1 1/2″ wide. Iron. Fold in half (it is now 3/4″ wide) iron.
3. Topstitch along both long sides about 1/4″ from the edge.
4. Fold as shown in step 2. Omit pinning and instead tack ends in place. Stack them into sets as in #3 and tack in place.
5. Using a hot glue gun stap the sets as follows: 14″, top with 12″, top with 10″, top with 8″
6. Hot glue with buttons or other decorative items, gems, pearls, reclaimed jewelry pieces.