Inside: How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters
Are you looking for a Fall scrap busting project? You’re going to love these easy Quilted Apple Coasters. They’re a fun way to say “Fall has arrived!”
It’s that time of year again when the wind shifts out of the north and there is a sudden chill in the air. And that means settling in and cozying up with a warm drink. And what does every hot beverage need…a cozy coaster! So, pull out those red scraps and let’s make this scrappy, handmade apple coaster. It’s destined to be a Fall favorite by all apple-lovers!
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters
- Apple + Leaves Template (FREE! See box below or find them in my Shop > Freebies section)
- Assorted Red Fabric scraps
- (1) 10” x 10” piece of Low Volume Fabric
- (1) 4” x 5” Piece Green Fabric for Leaves
- (1) 10” x 10” Piece Backing Fabric
- Small piece of Brown Wool Felt
- (1) 10” x 10” piece of Quilt Batting
- Serrated Scissors
- Wonder Fuse Fusible Web
- Sewing Machine
- Quarter Inch foot for your sewing machine
- Aurifil 50 wt. Cotton Thread
- Water-Erasable Pen
- Wonder Clips
- Sewing Pins
- Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
- Acrylic Ruler
- Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
- Stripology Ruler (optional)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Wool Pressing Mat
Step 1: Get the FREE Apple Template
I’ve created a simple Apple Template that you can download for free. To download the FREE Apple Template, click the button below. You’ll be taken to the Freebies section of my Shop.
Step 2: Fabric Choices
Below are several options for making the top of your apple coasters.
- You can use a single piece of 10″ x 10″ fabric.
- Piece a 5″ x 10″ red piece of fabric with a 5″ x 10″ piece of low volume fabric.
- Piece together red fabrics to create a patchwork design. Anything goes!
- Piece fabrics together using the Quilt As You Go method. Anything goes!
Choose one of these ideas above and have it prepared before moving to the next step.
Step 3: Quilting the Coaster Top
In this step you will be quilting the apple coaster top to the batting. I recommend something simple like a diagonal or straight stitch quilting design.
- Place the apple top fabric onto the piece of quilt batting. Pin to hold in place.
- Quilt in any manner you desire.
- Once quilting is finished, trim away excess batting.
Step 4: Cutting Out
Time to cut out your templates and apples. Note: You don’t need to cut out the leaves yet. That will be in the next step.
- Print and cut out Apple + Leaf from template download. Set aside.
- Place the apple template on the right side of your quilted coaster fabric. Note: If you have a center seam, be sure to line it up with the dotted line on the apple template.
- Using a water-erasable pen, trace around the template and cut out the design. Pro Tip: Serrated scissors are great for this because they keep things from unraveling.
- Place the apple template on the right side of your coaster backing fabric, trace, and cut out in the same manner.
- Cut a strip of brown wool felt 1/2″ x 4″.
Step 5: Applique the Leaves
You will be adding leaf appliqués to your apple. If you’re new to applique I have several tutorials that demonstrate this. You can find them in the Applique section of the website. I also have an eBook with more details on applique.
- Cut out the leaf template.
- On the back of the Wonder Fuse, trace two leaves.
- Rough-cut around the leaves, leaving at least a ¼” margin.
- Fuse to the back of the green fabric. Let cool.
- Cut out leaves on the traced line and remove the paper backing.
- Fuse the leaves to the Apple.
- Using a water-erasable pen, draw leaf veins inside the leaves and stitch in a contrasting color.
- Using a straight stitch or tiny zigzag, stitch around the perimeter of the leaves.
Step 6: Making & Attaching the Stem
For the stem I recommend a piece of wool felt which will give it a nice Fall feeling. Feel free to make a stem using a piece of brown fabric.
- Take the stem piece and make into a loop by matching raw edges together.
- Pin the stem loop to the right side of the apple coaster top with raw edges matching. Be sure the stem raw edges extend about 1/4″ beyond the raw edges of the apple. Baste to hold.
Step 7: Stitching the Layers Together
- Place the apple coaster backing fabric right sides together on the quilted apple coaster top. Pin or clip to hold.
- Leave a 1-1/2″ opening on the side for turning.
- Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch around the apple. Be sure to backstitch at the start and stop.
- Clip curves and turn right side out. Press.
- Blind stitch the opening closed.
- Top stitch around the apple coaster.
Wasn’t that easy! Now try making a few more in other apple colors such as yellow and green! And be sure to share with your friends!
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