Sewing Tutorial: “Wheel Of Fortune” Coaster
Chinese New Year is approaching, 14 Feb 2010…. same day as Valentine’s day, this year we have double celebrations!!! Woo Hoo!!! I am so excited as this is the most happening festival in a year.
This year, I made most of my Chinese New Year decorations. To start it off, I sewed a few simple coasters by using Chinese Silk. Criss-cross 4 pieces of folded rectangle silks and sew them into circular shape with bias binder. Insert a fortune note in it to become a fortune coaster…. just like the fortune cookies
Chinese Silk is colorful, soft and shiny like satin but it frays excessively. I would suggest to give extra seam allowance to accommodate the frays.
Remark: I made these coasters out of the inspiration from the Criss-Cross Coaster that I stumbled upon while browsing through the web.
Let see how I made these 4″ diameter “Wheel of Fortune” Coasters:
1. Various colors of Chinese silk (I used red, turquoise and black)
2. Bias tape or binder (yellow, glossy type)
3. Interfacing (cut into 4″ diameter circle)
4. Sewing essentials
Cut the Chinese silk into 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square (include seam allowance). You need 5 squares per coaster, 4 for the crisscross and 1 for the backing.
Second red on second turquoise. Insert the left corner of red under the first turquoise, as shown.
Ensure that the 4 folded silks are aligned nicely and evenly. The center should be close to each other, no gap please.
Iron the circular interfacing onto the wrong side of black color silk.
Trim the silk to circle.
Mark the center of the circle by folding it into quarter (fold halve, then halve again).
Place it on the crisscross top with wrong side facing each other. Pin to secure.
Sew or tack stitch 1/8″ from the border of the circle.
Trim the crisscross top.