Of course the gifts had to be sewn. Just sayin'. The kids and I had an idea to make them coasters for their desks. I first set out to make some quilted ones, but then I remembered these reversible wipe-clean coasters I had bookmarked quite some time ago. I had even bought a whole yard of 16-gauge vinyl thinking I would churn out a stack to have at-the-ready for hostess gifts. And then the vinyl sat rolled up in the corner of my bedroom, sadly collecting dust for a year or so.
Last week I received Art Gallery Fabric studio scraps from the lovely Pat Bravo and AGF team. So pretty, and I thought they'd be perfect for the teacher gifts. So I pulled out the vinyl, had the kids peruse the AGF scraps and got to it this afternoon. Why have I never made these coasters before?
The making of them was quite easy. I just had to flatten the vinyl by cutting 6" squares and pressing them straight under a stack of heavy books for the better part of a day. The only mod to the tutorial I made was to cut the fabric into 5" rather than 4" squares so the recipient can use it for a cup of tea or a bowl of soup.
If you decide to make these, definitely follow Allison's advice to do a test run to get the tension right, and utilize the paper that comes with the vinyl to keep things moving smoothly.
Now I'm off to plan stay-at-home summer camp for the kids. Along with the academics, I think I'll throw a little "home ec" into the curriculum. Time to teach them the fine art of cooking, sewing and, most importantly, housekeeping!