This project was inspired by a tutorial shared on Etsy way back in November of '08, by Kristen Couse aka cakehouse. I designed the teapot and teacup coasters for a Craftster swap. Unfortunately, I didn't write down any measurements, or even keep my pattern (*palmtoforehead*) so I've tried my best to recreate this tutorial from memory and a couple of lousy photos.
Let's get started!
Gather your supplies.
- free pattern (OR HERE if you have trouble downloading from the first link)
- 30 4" squares of fabric for the tops, or one fat quarter
- padding: heavy craft felt (what I used,) fleece, quilt batting, felted wool sweater, Insul-Bright
- for the bottom: fat quarter of flannel (what I used,) fabric, felt, upholstery sample, etc.,
- for the coaster "handles": fabric (4 strips, cut 5" x 2") or 5/8" ribbon (4 pieces, 5" long)
- pen, pencil, or marker (I use a water-soluble marker.)
- rotary cutter and mat, and/or scissors
- sewing machine
- stick for turning
* For the trivet, arrange your fabric squares in two rows of 5, and a row of 4 at the bottom. This arrangement will allow for the curve of the teapot, and a space for the handle, too.
* Sew the last strip to the other two strips, again matching seams, right sides together, but making sure to "right justify" the bottom strip.
* Press open all seams.
VERY SUPER-IMPORTANT NOTE: There are NO SEAM ALLOWANCES built into the pattern. When you cut out your fabric, please be sure to cut a seam allowance into your pieces!!! I cut a ~1/4" seam allowance in mine. You can use whichever width you are comfortable with. Just be sure to cut one!
make sure you leave room for a seam allowance!!
* Now, using your just-cut fabric patchwork teapot as your pattern, trace and cut a teapot piece from both the padding and the bottom fabric. (You're using the fabric teapot as your pattern now, not the paper one, because you added the seam allowance... and now your seam allowances will be exact for the other pieces! Wow, I'm getting too wordy here. I hope that made sense....)
***NOTE: If your bottom fabric has a right side and a wrong side, make sure when you cut this piece that the patchwork teapot piece is right side up, and the bottom fabric is right side down / wrong side up.***
use the fabric piece as your guide for cutting the padding and bottom fabric
* Repeat the same process for the handle, using the fabric handle as your pattern, and cutting one handle from just the bottom fabric. (No padding is needed.)
* Repeat this process for all 4 coasters.
TIP: Fold the paper coaster pattern in half, and then half again. Snip a tiny bit off of the folded corner (center) and then unfold. Now you have a guide (a tiny window) to help you to perfectly center the pattern on your coaster patchwork, if that's what you'd like.
* Cut 4 patchwork coaster pieces, and (using patchwork piece as pattern) cut 4 padding and 4 bottom fabric pieces.
***If you are using ribbon for the coaster handles, just skip this step, and jump down to the teapot handle step.***
* The coaster handles are super easy. . . . do this, then set them aside for now.
* Clip curves, and grade seam layers to reduce bulk.
* Using your turning stick, gently turn right-side out, and press.
* Referring to the paper pattern, and placing it on the patchwork teapot piece, mark the placement of the handle.
It looks odd pinned like this, but you can fold it back like this to check and see how it will lay once it is sewn and turned:
* Double-check that the handle will lay flat once turned, and if you're happy with it, continue to the next step. If not, rip it out and try it again. ;)
bottom piece, right side up
patchwork piece, right side down
padding piece on top of all
* Pin in place, and make sure to leave an opening at the bottom of the teapot for turning!