How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters

Old jeans are always in my fabric scrap box. Here’s a quick project using up cycled jeans! This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

Craft Some Seriously Cute Coasters

I love small crafty projects. I try to keep a stash of them going for the moments when I just don’t have that much energy to create or when I am frustrated with my progress on a larger project. It always feels good to accomplish something small, I always feel satisfied with completing a small project even if it’s only a little bitty thing.

For example, I had fun making these simple coasters. We have needed coasters in our living room for quite some time, our kids are always leaving glasses of water on the table that sweat and mark the wooden surface. The struggle is REAL! I prefer fabric coasters because they soak up the moisture and are unbreakable.

I took a sewing workshop at a blog seminar earlier this year and this is what we made. I loved them! They are so simple to make, and what a great idea to use recycled jeans! The circle template comes from a quilt pattern by Nancy’s Notions. You don’t necessarily have to make an entire quilt, this project is great for a beginner sewer or when you are short on time. It’s easier than you think, here’s the rundown:

How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters|Designers Sweet Spot|

Seriously Cute Coaster Supplies:

•various scraps of denim fabric, light and dark colors about 1/4 yard of each light and dark denim

•Denim Circle Rag Quilt Plastic template from Nancy’s Notions

•5″ batik print quilt squares in shades of aqua or green

•Heavy weight fusible interfacing, about 1/4 yard for 5-6 coasters

•Fabric glue

•Navy or black thread

•Sewing Machine

Seriously Easy Directions:

  1. Cut the interfacing in to 5″ squares. You should have one piece of interfacing for each quilt square.
  2. Cut around circle template on the denim with a quilters rotary cutter or a pair of sharp scissors.  You will need to have one denim circle for each quilt square.
  3. Fuse the interfacing on to the back of the quilt squares.
  4. Position the quilt square in the center of each denim circle, wrong sides together. Add a drop of fabric glue to keep the two in place. Pin edges of circle on to top of batik fabric square. 
  5. Stitch 1/4″ away from raw edge of denim through all thicknesses of fabric, stopping and starting each line of stitching at corners. Press when through.

You can wash the coasters after you have made them to get that unravelled look on the edge of the denim. For now, I have not washed mine, but I am sure I will eventually. Easy Peasy! Don’t forget to Pin this project!

If you like this project, here are some more sewing projects you may enjoy:

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Make a Fun Ice Cream Sundae Pin Cushion Craft

This Ice Cream Pin Cushion project is fun and easy to make. Make one for yourself or to give to a friend! 

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You can make this Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft, in a heart beat! It will keep you thinking cool! There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot day. We have had plenty of those hot days around here lately. Hot, hot, hot! I was inspired to create this adorable Ice Cream Pin Cushion to remind me of cool things during a hot summer day!

This project is easy to make with just a few household items. Make  a couple for gifts as long as you are at it! I started with just one, but I struggle to make just one of anything. It’s one of my compulsive behaviors, I can’t help myself.

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I had to make a chocolate version too. I love chocolate sundaes don’t you? The chocolate pin cushion uses brown wool yarn and a dark colored sock instead of the white sock and clothesline in the white sundae. You’ll love how easy they are to make!

Ice Cream Pin Cushion Supplies Needed:

•white tube sock or brown sock for the chocolate sundae

•dry rice or beans for filling the sock, about 1 1/2 cups

•Clothesline or brown wool yarn

•Fabric glue or craft glue

•Red wool for felted “cherry” and felting needle, or a purchased small red pompom

•Multi-Colored stick pins or pins with flowered decorative ends

•Glass ice cream sundae dish (I got mine at the thrift store)


Pin Cushion Directions:

  1. Fill sock with rice or beans. Tie shut with string or yarn. Trim off excess fabric, leaving 1″ tail.
  2. Glue sock into the sundae dish, making a rounded top and hiding the tail underneath.
  3. Glue clothesline on top of the sock in a circular pattern covering the entire surface of the sock. Trim and secure end with more glue at the top.
  4. Make the red cherry by felting red wool with a felting needle into a ball. Alternatively, use a store bought red pompom for the cherry.
  5. Add stick pins around the “sundae” to look like sprinkles.
  6. Make another one, because you know you are having so much fun!

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Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

Wine bottle bags make a great gift idea, this vintage style Yo-Yo design is a great project to accomplish while you are watching TV. This post contains affiliate links.

Yo-yo Wine Bottle Bag

Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

I’ve been working late at night lately. It’s very hot outside and I don’t have a ton of energy for accomplishing much during the day. The basement is my favorite retreat, along with my sewing workshop. Needless to say, I have been very productive in that nice cool environment. It’s not hard to get started on a project and never want to leave that room.

This little Yo-Yo bag is fun to make, although it requires a bit of hand sewing. The Yo-yo’s are made from 5″ quilt squares and a Yo-Yo maker, although it would be just as easy to make them without the Yo-Yo making device. I have included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Pattern for this project!


Oh, by the way I also get my wine FREE,


For this wine bag design, you will need 16 yo-yo’s of various colors. I used 8 contrasting yo-yos that matched the background fabric and 8 colored ones.

My first inclination was to make the yo-yo’s out of denim, however, after reading the yo-yo maker directions, they warned against using denim. It is too heavy and will not gather well. I found this pretty blue cotton chambray at the fabric store instead, and after working with it, I decided it was a far better choice. The fabrics for this project need to be thinner cottons, such as quilting cotton, or fabric with a soft, drapey hand.


Supplies Needed:

1 package colored cotton 5″ quilt squares in various colors

1 Yo-Yo maker (buy one here with my affiliate link), or use a (circular cardboard pattern with 5″ diameter)

1/2 yard blue cotton chambray fabric

1/4 yard heavy weight interfacing (for the bag handle)

Needle and thread


  1. Make yo-yos by fitting the cotton square into the yo-yo maker (wrong side up). Stitch around edge with large, loose stitches, using the punched holes in the plastic as a guideline. Remove plastic insert (do not cut thread), pull up threads to gather fabric into the round yo-yo shape, tucking raw edges of fabric into the center of the yo-yo. Secure with the needle and thread by stitching a couple of anchor stitches in the center of the yo-yo. Create 16 yo-yos of various colors, or 8 chambray and 8 colored yo-yos.  (If you do not have a yo-yo maker, use the cardboard pattern to cut out 5″ circles. Fold over edge 1/4″ and loosely stitch a hem on the wrong side of fabric. Follow directions above for completing the yo-yo.
  2. Cut a blue chambray fabric piece 8″ x 12″. Iron on a 1 1/2″ piece of fusible interfacing to top edge of wrong side of fabric.
  3. Stitch 1/4″ rolled hem on top edge of fabric.
  4. Arrange yo-yos in rows of 4 across and 4 down on top of the fabric rectangle. Pin yo-yo’s in place, making sure you leave 1/2″ seam allowance on side edges, and 2″ seam allowance at bottom of rectangle.
  5. Tack yo-yo edges in place two at a time by using the side to side stitch on your machine buttonholer. Place yo-yo’s under the presser foot, lower the foot, stitch three or four times to anchor them in place. Repeat until all edges are tacked at top, side and bottom of yo-yos. If you do this two at a time, it doesn’t take long to accomplish.
  6. Fold down turned hem 1″ at top, catching top of yo-yos under the edge. Pin in place and  stitch.
  7. Turn rectangle in half, with right sides together matching top, bottom, and raw edges. Stitch 1/2″ seam allowance along side and bottom. Turn bag right side out. Press lightly.
  8. Make bag handle by cutting 3″ wide strip of chambray fabric, 8″ long. Iron on 1″ wide piece of interfacing in center. Fold in thirds, zigzag top stitch over raw edge down the length of the handle. Attach to top of bag with single needle stitch.

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Sewing Tips:

I didn’t sew the handle as per the directions above on my bag. When started to make a casing with the interfacing inside,  it was very cumbersome to work with. So, I changed the sewing directions. Also, the zig zag stitch will add more stability to the bag handle, as the weight of the wine bottle is rather heavy.

You don’t need to finish the inside seams of the bag, but you could if you choose.

Yo-yo Wine Bottle Bag

I would love to see your Yo-Yo creations! Tag me on social media with this hashtag:


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How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

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How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

This post was sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page.

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I have admired this Dresden Plate design for quite some time. My friend and I first spotted it at the huge Quilt Expo a couple of years ago. The design template and directions are an easy to use kit from Nancy’s Notions. I was very excited to have a chance to work with Nancy’s Notions on this project, since they are located in my home town here in Wisconsin.

The Dresden Plate kit comes with a plastic template and instruction booklet. You can make any one of a dozen or so different styles by adding different fabrics and sewing variations. I decided to make a pillow version with some patriotic inspired fabrics. The original Dresden Plate design is for a table top decoration, but I decided I would get more use out of a pillow than a table topper. I also decided that larger was better in this case, I used the full size of the template for this project.

Dresden Plate Pillow Supplies:

•3 coordinating cotton fabrics of patriotic design, about 1/2 yard of each red and white strip, blue chambray and navy blue with stars

•Matching Thread, heavy duty

•Poly-fiberfill stuffing, or an old bed pillow

•Quilting Ruler, Cutting Mat and rotary cutter

•Sewing machine


•Spray Starch

•Iron on patch in a dark color

•Sewing needle and thread

•Fabric pen or marker

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The red and white Yoyo in the center of this pillow gives it a fun dash of Patriotic color. I can see myself taking the pillow along with my favorite blanket to those summer concerts in the park or to see the fireworks!

Here’s the entire process in a quick video!


  1. Iron each fabric to remove wrinkles, matching selvedges and raw edges. Spray with spray starch as you iron to keep the fabric crisp. The starch helps keep the bias cuts from stretching while you are cutting and sewing.
  2. Place the fabric fold edge close to you on a large cutting mat. Measure a 12″ inch strip and cut with a quilting ruler and rotary cutter. Cut 2 strips from each of two fabrics for the pillow top.
  3. Line up the fabric strips on the horizontal. Place the template on the strip, mark the fabric with a fabric pen and cut out with the rotary cutter. This goes faster if you layer your fabric strips. Cut a total of 6 chambray blue and 6 navy blue pieces. For dark printed fabrics it’s easier to mark and cut on the wrong side so you can see your cutting lines.
  4. Cut a 7″ circle in contrasting red and white stripe fabric. (I used a plate to draw my circle).
  5. Lay out the Dresden Plate pieces on the table to view the finished look before sewing.
  6. Sew the pieces together with a stitch length of 2.5 on your sewing machine.
  7. Press seams. Cut a 3″ circle of the iron on patch material and fuse it to the center of the design with the iron. The patch should cover the hole completely. You can also cut a fabric piece for this, but I decided that using a fusible patch was easiest.
  8. Hand stitch a 1/4″ turned seam on the edge of the red and white fabric circle. Using the thread tails, pull up the threads to gather the edges and create the Yoyo circle. Tie off threads and clip ends. Slip stitch in place over the iron on patch.
  9. Place pillow top right side up on red and white contrasting fabric, cut around all edges to make the back of the pillow.
  10. Pin pillow front and back together with WRONG sides together. Stitch around outside edge with a blanket stitch or zigzag stitch. (I like the home spun look this gives the pillow.) Leave a 6-8″ opening to insert the stuffing.
  11. Stuff the pillow with poly fiberfill stuffing. If you are using an old bed pillow, cut away the pillow casing. Pull apart used fiberfill and fluff. Then insert the used fiberfill into the new pillow. Be sure to stuff all the “petal edges” around the pillow.
  12. Slip the opening back under the sewing machine foot and sew closed with the same stitch as before.

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The back of the pillow is also red and white stripe. I forgot to take photos of that. Oh, well. More tomorrow! Thanks to Nancy’s Notions for sponsoring this post!

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Best Posts of 2017, Make Nine

Here are my top posts of the year! So much fun creating this year, hope to make the next year even better! Here are my favorite Make Nine!

Top Posts, Make Nine

The years top posts always seem to surprise me. I can never predict which ones will be the most popular. Sometimes I think my analytics must be wrong!

Usually I reflect on all my top blog categories at the end of the year, this year I am focusing on the nine top sewing projects that I made. Hence the Make Nine! Find the hashtag on Instagram #MakeNine for more inspiration!

The above photo is from the Mens Hoodie Pajamas, click here to view the post!

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A special Halloween treat bag for the little ones can be put together with scraps of fabric! Here’s the tutorial!

The Japanese Knot Bag was all over the internet, here’s the how to!

How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters|Designers Sweet Spot|

Do you have piles of old jeans that you never know what to do with? Me too! Try these adorable denim coasters as an up cycled Jean project!

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My mother loves the Dresden Plate Pillow I made, it’s perfect for summer days on the porch!

That’s it! So many more project to come! Thanks for your support this year!

Wishing you and your family Happy New Year!

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