Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Appearing on Cool2Craft

Well I must admit it was kind of fun appearing with Tiffany on Cool2Craft this past week. I was very nervous but was prepared with step outs and a little practise and things went quite well. I did learn after watching myself that I tend to roll my eyes too much and need to move the camera lense over a touch but other than that I will give myself a 7 out 10.

I showed how to create fun 'Soda Can Coasters' this time around and I am happy to report that they received wonderful comments. I personally liked the project as my 26 year old daughter thought that they were very cool. It is always nice when your children like what you come up with now and then.

Here is the How To:

Wash out the soda can and then turn it over onto a dry cloth and let it drip dry.

Cut the can apart using craft scissors (no, not your sewing scissors) along the top and bottom edge of the can. Be careful not to cut your fingers as the edges can be quite sharp.

Press fusible web to the back of the of the soda can cut-up and using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler cut into 3" squares.

Remove the paper backing from the metal square and press it to the center of a 5" square of scrap cotton fabric.

Cut 1" wide strips from two complementary fabrics.

With right sides together stitch the solid color strip of fabric along both sides of the 3" square, stitching through the scrap fabric base. Trim the strips even with the metal square and press the fabric away from the the metal center piece. Repeat stithcing the strips to the top and bottom of the 3" sqaure, trimming and pressing the strips away from the center.

Repeat stitching the second strip of fabric to the outside edges of the first row of sewn strips. Trim and press the second row away from the metal center piece. You have created the top layer of the coaster.

Layer the following together, right sides up. Top layer of the coaster, 5" square of heavyweight craft double sided fusible interfacing and a 5" square of felt. Press well.

Sew through all layers of the coaster, stitching between the two rows of fabric strips and then again 1/4" in from the outside edge of the coaster fabric.

Trim close to the outside stithcing lines using pinking or scalloped scissors.

You're done.


  1. I love these! Is there any chance you could do a pictorial for them? Please email me at if you come up with one :) Thank you!

  2. This is a very clever idea, thanks for sharing

  3. I am a visual and just don't quite get that first step...are you sewing through the soda cans??? pictorial would be great. ty!!!

  4. Hmm, what I think is happening is that you sew your first strip and when you press it toward the center it will cover the raw edge of the metal, right? I too am a visual and its hard to "see" written instructions without pics :-( Awesome design!

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