Recently, a friend of mine sent me a Pin from Pinterest that she knew I would love: some adorable little coasters using half-square triangles. Later we were shopping and saw the Moda® Dottie™ mini charm packs! I snatched one up immediately knowing these adorable little 2.5″ squares were perfect to make those little coasters. This is the result:
What I used:
• 1 Moda Dottie mini charm pack
• Scrap of Warm & Natural® Batting
• Scrap of white and black fabric for backing
• 1 fat quarter of white tone-on-tone fabric
• Sulky® PolyLite™ in #1001 Bright White
• Sulky 40 wt Rayon in #1001 Bright White
The very first thing I did was open that little pack and spread the squares out. I love polka dots so I just smiled at them for a few minutes. Next, I paired them up, one light and one dark, right sides together. HINT: Having trouble with value? take a picture with your phone and then change the picture to a black and white. The ones that look black are dark, the ones that look lighter are light.
To make sewing these tiny girls a little easier, you will want to shorten your stitch length and use a quarter-inch foot, if you have one for your machine. I pieced these with Sulky PolyLite Bright White because it is a 60 wt. thread, meaning it is very fine, which is great for accurate piecing and it is strong.
I chained piece these together around all four sides. Yes, sew around all four sides of each square.
Cut down the center of each square from corner to corner, turn your mat and cut down the center from the other corner to corner.
Press them open. Admire your adorable little half-square triangles.
Now is the fun part! Arrange them however you want in whatever design you like best. I just played with mine until I liked them. I chose to put a 1.5″ strip of white tone-on-tone fabric around six of them and one was just crying out to be surrounded with black fabric.
Once you are happy with your arrangement, sew them together. I then finished mine using the “pillowcase method”, top-stitched around the edges about an eighth of an inch in and then stitched in the ditch around the center block using Sulky 40 wt Rayon for a little shine. Now they are ready to give away the next time I need a little housewarming or birthday gift. I am keeping my little black one. You have my permission to keep all of yours for yourself.
BONUS! After making the coasters, I had some blocks left over and made these cute little ornaments