Recycle those old DVD and CD discs and turn them into coasters and a storage dish!
For each coaster you will need:
- Two discarded DVD or CD discs approximately 5-inches in diameter.
- Two 6 x 6 inch squares of design fabric
- Two 6 x 6 inch squares of lining fabric to tone (These will be hidden)
- Two 5 x 5 inch squares of lightweight fusible interfacing.
- Fabric glue
For the storage dish you will need:
- One discarded DVD or CD discs approximately 5-inches in diameter.
- Two 10 x 10 inch squares of design fabric
- One 6 x 6 inch square of design fabric
- One 6 x 6 inch square of lining fabric to tone
- One 5 x 5 inch square of lightweight fusible interfacing.
- One 10 x 10 inch square of lightweight fusible interfacing.
- Pattern as included
Making the coaster
- Draw a circle on the non-fusible side of both squares of interfacing using one of the discs as a guide.
- Fuse a square onto the wrong side of each piece of design fabric.
- With right sides together, pin a design square directly on top of a lining square.
- Set your sewing machine to stitch a small straight stitch and machine stich each pair together, following the outer edge of the drawn circle.
- With the lining piece on top, draw a smaller circle inside the stitched circle of each pair approximately one inch inside the stitched line. (I used a tin of beans as a guide to draw around).
- Carefully cut around the inner circles you have just marked making sure that you only cut the lining piece. Snip the lining at 1/2 inch intervals from the inner edge towards the stitched outer edge for about 1/2 inch.
- Turn the circles to the right side.
- Insert a disc into each of the 'pockets'. The snips will help you to manipulate the discs into place. If you are finding it difficult to insert the disc, then make the snips a little longer or add more snips.
- The discs should be a snug fit inside the pockets. Press each piece flat. You can press from both sides, the iron doesn't appear to damage the discs
- Spread a little fabric glue onto the wrong side of each piece and carefully press them together matching the outer edges.
- Allow to dry and your coaster is complete.
Tip: Another option is to stitch the two discs together around the seam line at the edge instead of gluing them.
Making the Storage dish
- Trace the pattern onto the non-fusible side of the larger piece of interfacing.
- Fuse this onto the wrong side of one of the larger fabric squares.
- Pin the large squares together with right sides facing.
- Set your sewing machine to stitch a small straight stitch and machine stich the squares together, following the marked line on the interfacing.
- Carefully cut around the edge very close to the stitching. Snip into the “V” s taking care not to cut the stitching.
- Turn the piece so that the non-interfaced side is on top.
- Mark the centre and cut along the grain from the centre outwards for 1 1/2 inches. (Make four cuts as shown)
- Turn the work through the gap to the right side.
- Manipulate the seams between your fingers and thumbs so that the seam line is around the outer edge. Iron flat, making sure that you press the crosscuts back to their original position
- Follow the instructions to make just one section of the coaster using the disc and the small squares.
- Bring the top corners of the scallops together on each of the eight outer sections. Stitch each of the eight together to create the dish.
TIP! Stitch a bead to each of the eight corners to create a decorative finish.
- Spread a little fabric glue onto the wrong side of the covered disc and carefully press this onto the cut side of the work, making sure that it is centred. This will cover the cross cuts in the fabric.
- Allow it to dry.
Reproduced with kind permission from Brenda and Peter Dean. ©Quilters Pty. Ltd. 2015 www.quiltersinternational.co.uk