Coasting With The Office

One of the things I like best about swaps is the fact that I get to try out techniques and products that I typically wouldn’t sew with. For my latest swap, I used iron-on vinyl…..

to make coasters:

To make these, I printed off images (The Office themed, of course) onto colorfast printer fabric (just in case liquid leaked through the underside), then ironed the vinyl on top of it. I backed them with flannel and sandwiched some fleece in between the layers. Since I just ‘winged’ this project, I learned a few things along the way: 1) Once you fuse the vinyl to the fabric, it takes on a different texture – oddly enough, it’s almost paper-like (this could also be due to the fact I’m using printable fabric and not a standard cotton). So, when you turn your project right side out, it crinkles and wrinkles and ironing it won’t take them back out. If I would make these over again, I think I wouldn’t bother making finished edges by sewing wrong sides together, instead I’d use bias tape so turning the project right side out would be eliminated. 2) You don’t need a Teflon foot to topstitch the vinyl!
I’d also like to thank everyone for all the nice comments on yesterday’s dolls – I hope my partner enjoys them!

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