It’s Craft Beer Craft Time, with Gobs of Pictures

Hey Everybody! It’s Craft Beer Craft Time!

So as you may have noticed from my last blog, I enjoy making things. It’s fun to be able to present someone with a handmade tangled pile of fabric and thread. Today, I want to share an easy and fun way to class up the joint by making your own coasters! Nothing says, “I drink my beer with my pinky-finger out” like the absence of rings on your coffee table. Also, enjoy the exclamation points, I LOVE THEM!!! Also also, please forgive me, for my lack of puns. It would be unseamly to have such jokes in my refined blog. *ba-dum ching*

Supplies needed (per coaster)

2 squares of fabric (5inches x 5inches)
1 square of batting/felt (4.25in X 4.25in)
Coordinating Thread & needle (or a sewing machine)
Sewing pins
Scissors (and/or Rotary Blade)
Cutting Mat (if using rotary blade)
*A glass of your favorite beverage

***PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND CUT THINGS OR USE ANY SHARP OBJECTS! FOR YOUR HEALTH! And parents, please do the dangerous things for the kids, no one wants a blood-stained tangle of fabric!***

Procedure
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1. Cut your fabric
2. Cut your batting
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3. Place squares of fabric right sides together (printed sides towards each other)
4. Center batting on top of fabric squares, pin into place
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5. Sew sandwich together, by placing the needle 1/8th of an inch inside the batting square, and sew as close to the edge as you feel comfortable, at all times sewing the batting to fabric. Leave about 2 inches of batting/fabric sandwich un-sewn (see where my finger points? Leave that blank.)
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6. Trim corners off of fabric. Remove pins.
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7. Flip the sewn piece right sides out. It will leave a small opening with the fabric already turned in. Use a capped pen or chopstick to poke corners out, so that all edges are smooth and fully turned.
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8. Sew around perimeter of square, as close to the edge as possible, at all times sewing all fabric together. (This will also close the opening!)
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9. Attach the top to the bottom more securely by quilting a design into your coaster. An “X” from corner to corner, a bunch of parallel lines, an ode to your favorite author, the world is yours! All you Vonnegut fans may recognize what I chose!
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10. Place the glass of your favorite beverage on your coaster.
11. Enjoy the view as you utilize your new fancy piece of home décor, and #gohighfiveyourself , you accomplished something new!

Ps. We are now on Pinterest!!! @IronHorseBrew will have everything your inventive self desires, and so much more. And here’s a picture of a dish rag I am crocheting! Teaching myself to crochet has been fun!

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