Hello Everyone! Jessee here, from an Art School Dropout's life, to share a detailed tutorial - to make a set of over-sized hexagon coasters, also known as mug rugs. They basically protect your tabletops from stains while drinking your morning (or afternoon) coffee.
This project is perfect for using smaller fabric pieces. I used a 5" charm pack, which is a pre-cut pile of fabric, usually around 5" square, that is all bundled up and ready to use. It's a great way to buy an entire line of fabric without investing too much money. If you would prefer to use scraps, make sure the pieces for the center measure no less than 4.5" square and the outside pieces 2.5" x 5". You'll also need some fabric for the backing that measures no smaller than 7.25" square each.
To start out you'll need the 2 1/4" Hexagon Die, the 2 1/4" Half-Hexagon Die and a set of Cutting Pads. Go through your scraps or charm pack and pick out which fabrics will be used for which pieces. For each coaster you will need 6 half hexagon pieces and one whole hexagon.
Once you are happy with your choices, it's time to start cutting! Place the cutting pad down on the machines tray, then the die (blades facing up), then the fabric and last another cutting pad. For the whole hexagon just place the fabric centered on the die and run it through your fabi or Big Shot.
For the half hexagon I folded my charm squares in half and ran each set through separately.
I laid out my pieces to test out where each one would go. I went for the above design where each of the coordinating colors was across from each other. That way your eye is pulled to the center of the piece, not to the edges.
Now it's on to the part that looks way scarier than it actually is. I am going to show you how to do Y-Seams! These are seams that meet at an angle or point.
To make it easier I start by marking little dots that are 1/4" from the corner using an Air Erasable pen. These little dots will show me where to start and stop sewing. I only mark the whole hexagon.
Then I pin one of the half hexagons pieces, to the other side of the whole hexagon I just marked. right sides facing each other.
Using a 1/4" piecing foot (these are available for any machine) I place my needle down into the first dot and start sewing along the edge. The piecing foot helps control the seam allowance.
I then make sure to stop exactly on the next little dot, no more, no less.
Then I go and iron my seam open. Then I repeat this again with the next side, except instead of starting at the dot, I start at the seam. The 1/4" piecing foot helps keep it the same distance away.
Once you have the first two sides attached to the whole hexagon, fold it in half so that the sharp corners of the half hexagons meet. Then pin them together while matching up the edges, as shown above and sew from the outside edge all the way to the edge of the while hexagon.
It should look like this.
I then press my seams open on the half hexagons, and continue the same process on all the sides.
This is what the tops should look like after all of the sides have been pieced.
I spray basted the hexagons to some scrap batting I had and stitched 1/8" from the edge to secure them before cutting them out.
Next I pinned them, right sides together, on the backing fabric and stitched around the edge 1/4". I made sure to leave a 1" opening so I could turn them inside out.
After all the backing fabric is trimmed from around the edges, I turned the pieces inside out and ironed them flat. I quilted around the edges the secure the opening and to keep them flat. Then I did some decorative stitching inside to make them look all pretty.
Ta-Da! They are complete. I'm very happy with how they came out and was hoping to use them as actual coasters. However my daughter feels they are nicer as dollhouse rugs, and I can't deny they are cute in there. I'm thinking I just need to make another set, or three.
Scrap fabric or 5" Charm Pack of fabric. I used a Cotton & Steel pack.
Cotton Batting - no smaller than 7.5" square for each coaster
Backing fabric - no smaller than 7.25" sqaure for each coaster
Clear Quilters Ruler
Air Erasable Marking Pen