Thursday, April 14, 2011

Project Scraps to Coasters

Awhile back I made some awesome booster seat cushions from the tutorial at Smashed Peas and Carrots.  I love them and my daughter uses them all the time.  

If you have older toddlers or preschoolers who constantly have to sit on their knees to reach the table, but yet don't really feel they need a booster chair, this is perfect for you!  I highly recommend making one (or two... or three..).  
Anyways, lets get to the coasters shall we?  
When making these cushions, there is a step where you cut off pieces you don't need (yes, duh, they're called scraps).  Well these pieces that are trimmed end up being the shape of a perfect square.  A 4ish x 4ish inch square.  As soon as I was finished these cushions, I noticed my pile of square scraps and thought of coasters. I loved my print that I used for the cushions, so it made my decision easier!  
So, you'll start off with these:
I needed to trim them so they were a perfect 4 x 4 inch square.  I used a ruler and a rotary cutter to trim them up.
 Next, I took some thin cork (you can usually get sheets at the dollar store) and cut them to 4 x 4 inches.
 Took my snazzy hot glue gun and hot glued the two together.
 Make sure you press hard to smooth the glue as flat as you can.  Since it is a coaster and you don't want your glass to be wobbly sitting on it.
 Done.  So incredibly easy.  
I had 8 squares because I made 2 booster seats, so I made 8 coasters.  (Yes, I know there's only 7 in this picture.)  I'm not saying you need to make those darn cushions so you can make some coasters.  Just pick up a vinyl tablecloth or placemats from the dollar store.  
Anyways, the point is, it's an easy project that doesn't require sewing (bonus!) and it's perfect for the warmer weather when you can have a cool drink on the deck in the summertime.
I heart summertime.  
Thanks for stopping by! 

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Jessa Smith said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea! I love stuff like this - I'll have to try it!


Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks, Jessa!

Sailing with bare feet said... Best Blogger Tips

wow !!! Those are GRRREAT!!!! love them.

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Brandy J. said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog and am your newest follower! Thanks for creating such a fab blog full of inspiration. I LOVE the coasters too!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you Brandy! So glad to have you AND I'm pumped to hear that I've inspired you. Welcome!

katy said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial. I'm going to check out my dollar store and make me some!